International Year of What?

International Year of What?

Apparently the Galileoscopes we ordered especially for the event will arrive. They should definitely be here in time to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy (2009) Biodiversity (2010).

This IYA2009 Cornerstone Project, designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first astronomical observations through a telescope, has gotten so far behind that the event has passed, as have January’s Launch of the International Astronomy Year (IYA) at UNESCO in Paris, and the anniversary of Johannes Kepler’s publication of the Astronomia nova.

The Galileoscopes’ first notice of delay was posted on March 26, 2009 and included an apology as well as an explanation about why the cost had been increased from the initial $10 “target price.” Great. Fine. Patience. Got it. Wait. Reward. “We will begin shipping Galileoscopes in late April.”

So we waited. On April 23, 2009 the next update stated that the telescopes were finally in production and expected “to leave the factory in mid-May,” and begin delivery “in Mid-June.”

Okie dokie. We waited some more. Not wanting our order to be the one that inundated the volunteers, we didn’t even place it until June. On July 5, 2009, the advisory was that “for orders placed after June 1st, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.” With that much lead there was still time for them to arrive by August 25. But no.

August 9, 2009. Another update. Product and shipping prices are increasing from $15 to $20 per unit. Whoa! The good news: “All orders placed and paid for before August 10, 2009, will be honored at the original price of U.S. $15 each.” Whew! The bad news: “All orders numbered below 20,000 have shipped and should have been delivered by now. Higher-numbered orders will ship when our next batch of inventory arrives in late August, with delivery by mid- to late September 2009.”

Our order number? 25511

Here we sit, on the verge of September, having lost any remaining faith that we’ll get these in time to celebrate IYA with any of the official stuff. Good thing we still have our binocs. Now if we could just get the weather to cooperate.

By the way, does anybody know what the International Year of Biodiversity commemoratives are going to be? It’s getting close to the holidays, and we want to know what to put on our holiday gift lists. Gotta be prepared. Yanno?


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