On the evening of Friday January 9th, 2009 the RASC-Kingston Centre held an International Year of Astronomy kickoff lecture in Stirling Hall.
The very next night we held a public observing session at the Queen’s University Ellis Hall Observatory but got clouded out. As a kickoff event we had a talk on Galileo by Dr. Judith Irwin with a visit from Galileo and Cardinal Barberini 20090110-20b
Along with our Kingston City Mayor Harvey Rosen reading the City Proclamation of IYA Kickoff Week.

We closed out the kickoff week with a talk by Dr. Sara Seagher (MIT) on Exoplanets at the Royal Military College Currie Hall, a day after originally scheduled due to a widespread power outage.20090114-09b1