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World Heritage Review n°54
Astronomy and World Heritage

October 2009

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Astronomy and World Heritage
Astronomical heritage, or cultural heritage relating to the sky, recognizes the relationships between humanity and the cosmos.

From the Maya to the Inca and beyond
These ancient cultures confronted their particular vision of the universe.

The heritage of Galileo
400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first astronomical use of a telescope.

Teaching laboratories for positional astronomy: The Jantar Mantar Observatories of India
Jantar Mantar instruments bring basic astronomy to life.

Starlight Reserves and World Heritage: Scientific, cultural and environmental values
Enjoying an unpolluted night sky as an inalienable right of humankind.

Astronomy and World Heritage Education at Suzhou
Educational activities were organized in line with the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Recognizing science and technology at World Heritage sites
Great advances in science and technology are recognized on the World Heritage List, through such sites as the Mountain Railways of India and Varberg Radio station.

Charles Darwin and the Galápagos: The evolution of a legacy
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

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New World Heritage sites 2009
A presentation of the 13 new World Heritage sites inscribed at the 33rd session of the World Heritage Committee, Seville (Spain) in June 2009.

Interview
Interview with Professor Alec Boksenberg, Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, eminent astronomer and former Director of the United Kingdom Royal Observatories (Greenwich and Edinburgh), Professor of experimental astronomy at the University of Cambridge.

Advisory Bodies
Astronomical and archaeoastronomical heritage: A shared thematic study for improved understanding.

Conventions
First meeting of States Parties to Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention.

Profile
Interview with Dr Gabriel Lopez, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation.

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