international year of astronomy 2009
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If you joined us at JPL's Open House 2009, and you received a packet of discovery adventure cards related to the International Year of Astronomy 2009, you can view these cards through links in the right column and find suggested activities and more information that accompany them. If you didn't get to collect all 7 cards or you are joining us now for the first time, you can download and print all our trading cards at the bottom of this page.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei pointed an astronomical telescope to the sky and is the first person to use that instrument to make new discoveries about our solar system.

NASA seeks to offer an astronomy experience to all individuals in the country and provide opportunities for youth and adults to make their own observations under the theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover." There are many ways of observing the solar system and beyond - take a look at the cards to find your favorite. You'll learn how NASA and JPL are involved in each way of observing, read about those who have chosen this as a career, and ways for you to have your own experience in observing.

Do you want to know more about telescopes?

You may want to order your own telescope. Find our special Galileoscope at:

International Year of Astronomy Links:
› International IYA site
› United States IYA site
› NASA IYA site

Click the link below to download the pdf file containing the card collection:
› 2009 International Year of Astronomy Cards (4.84 Mb)