Cosmic ReflectionsCosmic Reflections is a book of invited essays that will be published alongside the conference proceedings to commemorate the International Year of Astronomy. The book is part of the public outreach activities of the conference. A preliminary version was distributed at the conference during the public lectures. Special efforts will be made to translate the book to other languages and publicize it in under-represented regions and developing countries. Below are some sample articles. These articles are copyrighted and should not be reproduced without the permission of the conference conveners.