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Galileo Galilei's Renaissance - IYA kickoff talk and star party at SFU

Please take note of the revised start time for this event, which is now set to begin at 5:30PM on Tuesday January 27.

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SFU will kickoff the the 2009 International Year of Astronomy with a free pizza dinner, audio-visual presentation, and star party/movie night. If you wish to attend the pizza dinner, please RSVP at the following SFU web site:

The presentation will be on Galileo's revolutionary telescopic observations, and how the development of better and more varied telescopes, over the four-hundred years since Galileo, has revealed the awesome dimensions, history, and destiny of the cosmos. If weather permits, the presentation will be followed by an evening "star party", with several telescopes on-hand, staffed by experienced amateur astronomers who will help you to make your own personal observations of beautiful and inspiring celestial objects! If the weather does not cooperate, then following the presentation we will screen the astronomically-themed and very moving 1997 film "Contact", starring Jody Foster and Matthew McConaughey, directed by Roger Zemeckis, and adapted from the novel of the same name by the late, great, space-scientist
and writer Carl Sagan.

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  • Christine

    I thought this was great fun to hear someone talk about Galileo, the venue is great tho tricky to find :-) The pizza was a nice touch but best was that so many were willing to bring their scopes to share with people

    January 30, 2009

  • Leigh C.

    Informative and fun. Now if we coul only control the weather.

    January 28, 2009

  • Alan B.

    I enjoyed the meeting tremendously and most of the presentations. The only problem for me - and perhaps it is partly my age - was that the acoustics of the theatre did not seem particularly good and I found it difficult to hear what some of the later contributors had to say, partly because they spoke too low. All in all I am glad I attended and I will certainly as many such meetings as I can, and hope the weather for observing improves. It was certainly a boost for me to see so many fellow enthusiasts.

    The only sour note of the evening was that the parking ticket machine would not accept my credit card and I now I have to pay a $30 fine :-(

    January 28, 2009

  • Gavin M.

    The snow was not a barrier as I took transit, great presentation on Galileo and the change from earth centred to Sun centered Solar System, some very nice scopes on hand and lots of pizza and drinks, I did not stay for the film "Contacts" as I have seen it several times, a good start to the year of Astronomy but SFU needs a LPA program.

    January 27, 2009

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