Around 800 participants from all around the world were there to witness the Official Opening Ceremony of IYA 2009 by IAU at
On the first day of the event there was reception at the Palais de Decouverte in the evening. An eye catching video clip of “Around the world, around the sky” by Robert Panasrd-Besson of France and a film of the Adler Planetarium presented by Jose’-Francisco Salgado (USA) with the music “The Planets” by G. Holst were showed during the reception till 9:30 p.m.
On the second day, there was live video conference with the astronomers in the European Very Large Telescope in
In the evening there was cultural event which was entitled “Sun Rings” performed by the Kronos Quartet with the participation of the UNESCO Choir.
There were three participants from Nepal; Bharat Aryal, Principal and Bebika Phuyal, student of class 9 of Takshashila Academy, Bishalnagar, Kathmandu and Suresh Bhattarai of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO), Kathmandu, Nepal.