Yuri's Night affiliating with International Year of Astronomy

Careful watchers of the Yuri’s Night Calendar might have already noticed this, but we haven’t yet made an official announcement. This makes us very overdue to note that this year, Yuri’s Night will be affiliating with the International Year of Astronomy. The International Year of Astronomy, a project of the International Astronomical Union and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is promoting astronomical awareness with special groups and events throughout the year 2009. Yuri’s Night is proud to be involved with this effort, and suggests that all interested YN parties look at working with local IYA efforts such as the 100 Hours of Astronomy. For more information about the International Year of Astronomy or its affiliated events, please visit http://www.astronomy2009.org/

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Follow Yuri Online

Are you a social butterfly online? Well, so is Yuri’s Night. We are on all of the major social networking sites (and a few of the not so major), making it easy for you to stay in the loop on everything that’s happening this year and beyond. If you Twitter, we Tweet. If you are a shutterbug, we have photos. If you need clothes, we will sell you the shirt off our back. Join us on any and all of these great sites, and if you have a suggestion of others we should be on, just let us know. Twitter: Get regular updates on what is happening with yuri’s Night parties and the future of space exploration. Flickr: Pictures from events past present and future. See photos from around the world or add your own. FaceBook: Join the group and find new friends who are also interested in the future of space exploration. MySpace: Make outerspace your space and get the latest news. Eventful: Set up and follow Yuri’s Night events. PlanetSpace: The Facebook for space enthusiasts. UStream: Watch live Yuri’s Night party videos. Zazzle: Get your T-Shirts, coffee mugs, aprons, and more. Newsletter: Sign up and get this weeks stories delivered every week to your inbox. RSS: It’s real and it’s simple. Add it your own feed reader or to your own Web site.

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Yuri's Night affiliating with StarPeace

Yuri’s Night is pleased to announce a new collaboration with StarPeace. The StarPeace Project is an international project that holds common and public star parties near the borders between different countries in cooperation with astronomy groups from those countries for the International Year of Astronomy 2009. This collaboration comes about because we share the idea that space is not just a place to explore, but a tool through which we can bring people together. StarPeace and Yuri’s Night have now joined forces in order to promote our shared ideal of unity through the common love of space. We at Yuri’s Night are very excited to be collaborating with StarPeace, using space in order to improve life here on Earth. Throughout history, people from every corner of the globe and from every walk of life have gazed in wonderment at the beauty that lies beyond our humble planet. The great beyond of our magnificent Universe has been a dream for all people no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or nationality. We hope that between Yuri’s Night and StarPeace, people all over the world will find a way to use space to connect, not only with the Universe, but with each other. StarPeace has already brought people in Iran and the UAE together through their shared love of astronomy in the StarPeace Opening Event for International Year of Astronomy. For more information on StarPeace, visit http://www.starpeace.org and help make possible this dream of cooperation through our common love of space. Contributions for this post came from Michael Bouchey of StarPeace.

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International Sidewalk Astronomy Night

Title: International Sidewalk Astronomy Night Location: International Link out: Click here Description: Clubs around the world are participating in this annual event of stellar and planetary viewing–will your YN event be one of them? Date: 2009-04-04

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100 Hours of Astronomy

Title: 100 Hours of Astronomy Location: International Link out: Click here Description: 100 hours of round-the-clock public astronomical events and skywatching sessions. Start Date: 2009-04-02 End Date: 2009-04-05

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Yuri's Night 2009

Title: Yuri’s Night 2009 Location: Earth Link out: Click here Description: Yuri’s Night is a celebration of humanity’s achievements in space. Each April 12, people from around the world come together to mark the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space (in 1961) and the first launch of the US Space Shuttle (in 1981). Everyone can participate, so come and join us in celebrating our past–and our future–in outer space! This year, Yuri’s Night will not be confined to just one night, but festivities will expand to the entire week between April 4th to the 12th. Register your party today! Start Date: 2009-04-04 End Date: 2009-04-12

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