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Paper: Reaching Non-Traditional Audiences During IYA2009 in Canada
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 251
Authors: Hesser, J.E.; Lane, D.; Langill, P.P.; Percy, J.R.
Abstract: Canada’s far reaching plans for IYA2009 are highly inter-related. Unification arises from the major focus on maximizing the number and diversity of Canadians who will experience sometime in 2009 a moment of personal astronomical discovery, the ‘Galileo Moment,’ through participation in astronomical observation or broadly defined activities with significant astronomical content that evoke awe and wonder. Among the latter are three broad themes: a) programmes involving Aboriginal children, youth and elders, b) partnerships with arts and cultural organizations, and c) astronomical imagery exhibits in high-traffic areas. Delivery of these programs rests upon our strong partnership between amateur [Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Fédération des astronomes amateurs du Québec and, we hope, independent clubs] and professional astronomers [Canadian Astronomical Society, including many active, enthusiastic graduate students] and collaborations with diverse sectors of society, the growth of which is encouraging. Our developing ideas and their implementation may be followed at
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