Smithsonian Opens Observatory On National Mall It's the International Year of Astronomy. It also is the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first recorded astronomical observations. To honor the anniversary, the National Air and Space Museum opened its first public observatory on the National Mall.
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It's the International Year of Astronomy. It also is the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first recorded astronomical observations. To honor the anniversary, the National Air and Space Museum opened its first public observatory on the National Mall.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

It's the International Year of Astronomy, celebrating 400 years since Galileo first observed the heavens through his telescope. Galileo was condemned for saying we humans weren't the center of the universe, and this week anyone can see that. To honor the anniversary, the National Air and Space Museum opened its first public observatory. Now amateur astronomers can peer at the planets and even, aided by special filters, the sun.

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