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ISSUE 4 - September 2008

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Harry Potter and the Upcoming Venus–Jupiter Conjunction: A Unique Outreach Opportunity (page 16)
Kristine Larsen

As we prepare for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), we should be on the lookout for celestial events which we can use not only to popularise the IYA2009 and practise our outreach skills, but which also have natural connections to popular culture. The Venus–Jupiter conjunction this autumn is such an opportunity, given several direct connections to the use of astronomy in J. K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter universe.