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09/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Naked Eye Astronomy -- 5 Tips For Seeing The Stars

To mark the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei's first recorded discoveries in the sky through a telescope, 2009 has been declared the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations and International Astronomical Union. People around the world are being encouraged to do some star-gazing of their own.

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