This year (2009) is the International year of Astronomy. This is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.

Check out our very own Bill Hollenbach’s website as well as the IYA2009 site for more information on this fascinating topic.