It started in a small cubbyhole in the dusty attic of a shabby, paint-peeling building housing government offices. But a couple of decades later, the Association of Friends of Astronomy (AFA) in Goa has much to cheer about: 2009 is the International year of Astronomy. “Our ancestors were more aware of the sky than they were about the earth. The map of the earth was first crafted about 400 years ago whereas the sky was mapped nearly 600 years before that,” says AFA secretary Satish Nayak. This year would see a host of new activities in Goa related to astronomy, ranging from an astro-film festival to astro-photography workshops, Nayak told IANS. “We’re also going to have events to get children interested in astronomy.”  Read more at http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200901091123.htm