Name: International Year of Astronomy 2009 Date of Issue: 12 May 2009 Country: Luxembourg Denominations:0,50 €, 0,70€
UNESCO has proclaimed the year 2009 “International Year of Astronomy”. This year is the 400th anniversary of the first observations made by Galileo with the aid of a telescope.
Astronomy, the oldest of the sciences, is also considered the “Queen” of sciences. The first men who left their caves studied the sky and adapted their way of life to the motion of the sun, moon, and stars. In ancient times, entire states were organized along astronomical concepts and we know of places and objects dedicated to this science.
This is the perfect time to rediscover the sky with our fellow citizens and to help make the sky more visible with reduced lighting. Constellations such as the Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, Cassiopeia, Orion as well as stars and planets such as Polaris, Sirius, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars should once again become part of our general culture.
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