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The Universe: Yours to Discover

The motto of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, initiated by the International Astronomical Union and the UNESCO

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Date:24.08.2003 Optics:f=28mm, 1/2.0
Place:Emberger Alm, Austria     Observer:Till Credner & Sven Kohle

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The year 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy. So go out and have a look by yourself! Choose a dark place without lights around and as far as possible from any light pollution of the cities. You don't need any complex optical equipment. The best optical instruments are your eyes for easy and full sky coverage! You can see the moon, the bright planets, a few thousand stars, the constellations, and the elusive band of the milky way arching through our sky (and much more...).

With a pair of binoculars you may watch the craters of the moon, gaze along rich star fields of our milky way or count stars in star clusters. The photo above shows Sven watching the field of the Big Dipper, actually the constellation of Ursa Major, with a pair of binoculars. Our sky features a stunning and free show for everybody, all around the world! The Universe: Yours to Discover