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The United Nations established the year 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. The year marked the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope to record his astronomical findings. In an effort to continue cultivating the spirit of collaboration across nations, the international astronomy organization Astronomers Without Borders has designated the month of April “Global Astronomy Month.” Its goal is to “bring new ideas, new opportunities and … enthusiasts together worldwide, celebrating One People, One Sky.”

The exhibit features three books on how astronomers shared ideas, observations, findings and theories (even if not always correct) throughout the centuries, building upon each other’s work to make important contributions of their own. The two manuscripts on display are evidence of the enduring and pervasive fascination that studying the sky has had on amateur astronomers and enthusiasts.

This single case exhibition was originally on display in the Morris Library Information Room from April 1-30, 2011.

Tags: Astronomy; Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642; Gassendi, Pierre, 1592-1655; Astronomy–Research; Astronomy–Observations