Hi folks, happy new year...and the year in question.. the International Year of Astronomy. 2009 is the 400'th anniversary of Galileo's study of the night sky with the new fangled thingy called a telescope. This year, astronomers and scientists want the Earth's children to see the wonders of the heavens. They have put together a very inexpensive telescope kit similar to the one that Galileo used for the masses. I am not sure of the final price of the kit but I think it was supposed to go for between $10 and $20 USD. Visit the site to see about ordering one (maybe hard to just get one as they are trying to sell them to groups by the gross).
See information on the IYA at: