In 2009, Professor Arion spearheaded the Galileoscope Project, a cornerstone project of the International Year of Astronomy. The Galileoscope Project involved the design, production and shipment of more than 200,000 low-cost telescope kits to more than 96 countries, including 6,000 donated to developing nations. The project was a second runner-up for the 2009 Mani Bhaumik Prize for Excellence in Astronomy Outreach.
Putting the Stars in Plain Sight, Fall 2009
The Future of the Galileoscope, Jan. 6, 2010
Galileoscope Honored for Excellence, March 1, 2010
Professor helps bring telescopes to classrooms, May 31, 2012
The Brazilian president Lula receives a Galileoscope, June 8, 2010 — IYA2009
Galileo in Senegal by Gonzo Scientist, April 16, 2010 — Science Magazine online
Many Eyes: Distribution of Galileoscopes by Country, Oct. 15, 2010 — shows how 180,000 Galileoscopes were distributed among 106 countries.
International Year of Astronomy Claims Record Numbers of Citizen Stargazers, Sept. 8, 2010 — Science Insider
The After-School Corporation
New York organization leads children in building Galileoscopes.
Galileo in Senegal by Gonzo Scientist
Belgian astrophysicist Katrien Kolenberg brings Galileoscope to the remote villages of Senegal.