With regards to the historical fact of the usage of the telescope by Galileo Galilei for astronomical observations (400 years ago) UNESCO has declared the year of 2009 as International Year of Astronomy. Within the frame of this program, many events will be organized in Armenia as well.
One event took place on April 14 in Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO), one of the famous international astronomical centers. In 1946, Armenian famous academician Victor Hambartsumian (1908-1996) not only founded the observatory on the foot of the mountain Aragats, but also proposed a new hypothesis on the evolution of the galaxies.
According to the new hypothesis, the star formation process in the Galaxy is going on even today and the stars are born in groups. The new hypothesis postulated the existence of massive bodies, the “proto-stars”.
In spite of the economical difficulty, the Armenian astronomical school/institution still operates today. Representatives of the scientific organizations, NGOs and Foreign Embassies in Armenia were invited to Byurakan to be introduced with the accomplishments of the Institution.
FAR was represented by the FAR Educational/Scientific programs coordinator Eduard Karapetyan and FAR Press Secretary Levon Lachikyan. Taking advantage of the opportunity they also met with ANSEF 2009 grantee Gabriel Ohanyan and were acquainted with the current procedures of his scientific work, initiated to approve Victor Hambarzdumian’s hypothesis due to the new observation data.