|Description:|| As you are probably know, 2009 has been declared as the International Year of Astronomy. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), together with UNESCO, will organise many astronomy related activities throughout 2009 (see http://www.astronomy2009.org/). The aims are very noble: "The vision of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery. All humans should realize the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives, and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society". You almost get tears in your eyes, so wonderful....|
The International Year of Astronomy 2009 is supported by eleven Cornerstone projects. These are global programmes of activities centred on a specific theme. One of these is the "from Earth to the Universe" exhibition. The main goal of this project will be to expose astronomy to audiences that might not otherwise come into contact with it. This is done by exposing astronomical images in large format at locations where one may not expect them, such as public parks, metro stations, shopping malls, etc.. More than 30 candidate locations all over the world have been identified, including the National Mall in Washington and the Champs-Élysées in Paris; there is also an idea floating around to get it at Schiphol.
The final selection of the images for this exhibition has now been made and the top selection of 35 images is displayed here. You will be proud to see that also the WSRT is represented.