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The major goals of the IAU100 celebrations are:

  • Increase awareness of progress and excitement in astronomy over the past century, in particular:

    • The importance of collaborative enterprise of astronomy as a whole,

    • The importance of technology development for astronomical progress,

    • The coordinating role of the IAU fostering communication and exchange of ideas for the global astronomical community.

  • Promote widespread access to astronomy knowledge and observing experiences.

  • Support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy.

  • Support and improve an inclusive, egalitarian and diverse astronomy community.

  • Facilitate the preservation and protection of the world’s cultural and natural heritage of dark and quiet skies.

  • Raise awareness and discuss prospective new exciting developments in the next 100 years of astronomy.

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