International Year of Astronomy Kick-Off Event

This year is the International Year of Astronomy and local activities kick-off this weekend.

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. It is an activity for the citizens of Planet Earth that conveys the excitement of personal discovery, the pleasure of sharing fundamental knowledge about the Universe and our place in it, and the value of scientific culture. IYA2009 activities are taking place all over Canada — locally, regionally and nationally.

The launch of IYA2009 in Southwestern Ontario is taking place this weekend. Together with Kitchener-Waterloo Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and their telescopes, the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo invites you to our IYA Kick-Off event, taking place at the Physics Department.

The event will take place this Saturday January 17 starting at 7:00pm.

For directions to the university and campus map showing how to find the Physics Building (labeled PHY near the middle of the map), click here.

For parking instructions click here.

There will be a variety of telescopes set up outside the department to give everyone the chance to see the wonders of the night sky first- hand. For those less fond of the cold-outdoors, there will be a live- feed from a telescope to one of the lecture theatres inside, and a number of short talks will be given by members of the department and by amateur astronomers. Refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for this event.

Stay tuned for more upcoming IYA events at PI and other local institutions!

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very essence of space, time, matter, and information. Located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Perimeter also provides a wide array of research training and educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers, and the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and Canada, Perimeter is a successful example of public-private collaboration in scientific research, training, and outreach.

For more information, contact:

Manager, External Relations and Public Affairs
(519) 569-7600 x5051