A partial view of UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris

On 15-16 January, the Opening Ceremony of International Year of Astronomy 2009 was held at UNESCO Head Quarters in Paris. Delegates from about 136 countries, different Organizations, Government Officials, Diplomats, Scientists, Nobel Laureates, Astronauts and important Personalities around the world attended the Ceremony. United Nations declared 2009 as an International Year of Astronomy to mark the 400 th Anniversary of the First Observation of Sky by the eminent Italian Astronomer Galileo Galilei through Telescope. This Celebration has been jointly arranged

Mr. Kiochiro Matsuura, Director-General UNESCO delivers Welcome Address

by UNESCO and IAU (International Astronomical Union). A Two-Member Delegation from Bangladesh participated in this Opening Ceremony, they were Dr. A. R. Khan, President of Bangladesh Astronomical Society and Mr. F. R. Sarker, General Secretary of Bangladesh Astronomical Society and Single Point of Contact (SPoC) of IYA-2009 for Bangladesh. On 15 January, the Inauguration program started at 9 am, UNESCO Director-General Mr. Koichiro Matsuura delivered the Welcome Speech and the keynote paper was read out by Catherine Cesarsky, the President of

Mrs. Catherine Cesarsky, President, IAU delivers Inaugural Speech

International Astronomical Union.During this Ceremony Scientists from different countries delivered their lectures and showed multimedia presentations on various fields of Astronomy which includes Evolution of the Universe, Exo-Planets, Are We Alone, Existence of Aliens, Paralleled Universe, Big Bang, Black Holes etc. The main Theme of this IYA2009 celebration is “The Universe, Yours to Discover” which renders the visions and goals to engage the general people in Astronomy and introduce with Planets, Stars and other Celestial objects through various programs of Sky Observation around the world.During the meeting Dr. A R Khan and Mr. F R

Dr. A. R. Khan and Mr. F.R. Sarker are seen attending the Opening Ceremony of IYA2009

Sarker met with IAU President Ms. Catherine Cesarsky, USA Nobel Prize winner Bob Wilson, IYA2009 International Coordinator Pedro Russo and Chief of Cosmic Diary and Cornerstone Projects Mariana Barrosa.They discussed on various issues about the year long Celebration and appraised of the plans and programs that would be held in Bangladesh. On 16 January, in evening a captivating musical event was performed by Grammy award winner German musical team Kronos Quartet.IYA officials highly appreciated the activities of Bangladesh Astronomical Society,specially for the Inauguration

Dr. A.R.Khan with Mrs. Catherine Cesarsky, President, IAU

Ceremony of IYA2009 in Bangladesh which was held on 1 January, 2009 at Enayetpur, Sirajganj in which thousands of people including Students, Teachers and Space Enthusiasts were present in that spectacular Astronomical event.





F.R. Sarker with Mrs. Cathrine Cesarsky, President, IAU


F. R. Sarker is talking with Noble Laurette, Bob Wilson


F. R. Sarker with Pedro Russo, the Coordinator of IYA2009


UNESCO Head Quarters snapped from top floor of Eiffel Tower