2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, in honor of the 400th anniversary of the year 1609 when Galileo was the first person to study the sky with a telescope.
April 2-5, 2009, is an international project called "100 Hours of Astronomy" during which the goal is to have 1 million people around the world look through telescopes during those 100 hours.  During this event, B is one of those 1 million people.