Year of Science – January – Why is the sky blue?

If you don’t already know, let me be the first to tell you: 2009 is the Year of Science!

It’s the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. Abraham Lincoln was also born on the exact same day (and year) as Darwin, and Lincoln would found the Academy of Sciences.

2009 also marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of the telescope to study the skies – and the 400th anniversary of the publication of Kepler’s first two laws of planetary motion.

It’s the International Year of Astronomy and the International Year of Planet Earth.

2009 is the Year of Science.

What are you going to do about it?

I’ve joined COPUS – the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science – a network of over 500 organizations working to promote science awareness throughout the year. Each month is a different theme – evolution, energy resources, astronomy, physics, biodiversity, etc. I will be producing video and audio content that will appear on the COPUS website. I also hope to be involved in events in the Bay Area and elsewhere.

January’s theme is the Process and Nature of Science. Here’s my first video touching on the theme.

Related posts:

Why is the Sky Blue? (includes the real reason the sky is blue)
Year of Science, March: Nobel, Edison and the Speed of Light
Year of Science, March: JetBlue and Cell Phones
Year of Science, February:  Stand Up For Evolution


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