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Cubans Celebrate Astronomy Year
To honor the four centuries of Galileo Galilei's first observation through his telescope, the United Nations decided to appoint 2009 the Year of Astronomy.

The mentioned Cuban entity, founded in 1974, expects to carry out several activities, among them a youth scientific campaign, space week, children contests, and several workshops.

Jorge Perez, chief of the Astronomy department at the IGA, told Granma newspaper that this year does not coincide with important celestial events, and none of those that will occur this year could be seen in Cuba.

Venus' maximum brightness, the appearance of the 2007 N3 Lulim comet on Monday, and the most important total solar eclipse of the 21st century that could be observed in China on July 22 are among 2009 events.


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