Progress toward a low-cost “Galileoscope ” for the IYA2009 One of the IAU’s Global Cornerstone Projects for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is to develop, produce, and distribute huge numbers of very inexpensive, yet good-quality, small telescopes. This will enable millions of people around the world, especially children and others who can’t afford a commercial telescope, to experience for themselves the thrill of scientific dis-covery that Galileo experienced when he turned his telescope skyward 400 years ago. We report progress toward realising the “Galileoscope ” based on efforts by an IAU Task Group and an affili-ated AAS working group as well as on discussions at the CAP2007 meeting in Athens. The Galileoscope: An IAU IYA2009 Global Cornerstone Project The IAU public brochure for IYA2009 asks: “Who doesn’t remember the first time they looked at the Moon through a telescope and were amazed by the details of the mountains and craters? The same is true for Jupiter’s cloud belts and its fascinating Galilean moons, Saturn’s rings, and a sparkling star cluster. ” This question has a simple and obvious answer: “Anyone who has never had the opportunity to look through a telescope! ” Especially for those who can’t afford to bu
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