Disclaimer: The IYA2009 UK Report is an attempt to accurately document the range of activities that happened during 2009. By necessity we have focused on the bigger projects, and those for which we had lots of detail. It was not possible to include every event that happened, as there were over 6000 individual projects. However we do wish to include anything that you feel we have omitted and merits inclusion. Please send an email to
if you'd like us to add something to this report and we will attempt to make a web-only version 2.0 available before the end of 2010.
Associated reports are also available for download for individual projects:
The International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) is over, and we are working to build upon its legacy. Many of the projects that ran during IYA2009 have come to an end, but the networks that developed and ran them – networks of amateur and professional astronomers, science communicators, educators – are still here, passionate about continuing to engage the public with astronomy.
One of the key duties of the IYA2009 UK Coordinator was to support and develop these networks, and it is that support that would be most sorely missed had IYA2009 just petered out at the end of last year. Fortunately that hasn’t happened, and the three main IYA2009 project partners – the Royal Astronomical Society, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and the Institute of Physics – have been joined by two others – the Society for Popular Astronomy and the British Astronomical Association – in Beyond IYA.
Beyond IYA aims to consolidate and build upon the networks and projects developed during IYA2009. We’ll be running more TwitterMeteorwatches (10,000 people took part in last year’s Perseid Twitter Meteorwatch), another Moonwatch (20,000 people attended over 300 events during last year’s Spring and Autumn Moonwatches), and offering continued support to the 1000 schools that were given a free telescope as part of the SPA’s Telescopes for Schools project.
Win a Galileoscope! What's been your highlight of IYA2009?
As the International Year of Astronomy 2009 draws to a close, we'd like to hear from you: what was your favourite UK event or project during the year? Did you attend a local star party? Visit an observatory? See a stunning planetarium show? Attend a fascinating lecture? What was your highlight?
Photographer Max Alexander's "Explorers of the Universe" exhibition will be on display at the Centre for Life, Newcastle from Wednesday 25 November 2009. View the BBC online's audio slideshow of the exhibition, and hear Max explain in his own words how he put together this fascinating collection of images.