IAU100 Participation in the 2020 Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference
From 21 to 25 September 2020, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Commission C2 — Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP), will host the world’s largest conference on astronomy communication: Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2020. IAU100 encourages the submission of proposals pertaining to IAU100 events, activities and projects.
Celebrate Global Citizenship with the Closing of IAU100
As a special and final IAU100 global project, the Pale Blue Dot initiative collectively united people from all cultures and backgrounds on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot image. Over 500 activities were conducted in 52 countries worldwide that celebrated the Earth, global citizenship, and astronomy during and around 13-20 February 2020.
Celebrate Global Citizenship with the Closing of IAU100
The Pale Blue Dot global project is the final worldwide initiative conducted as part of the IAU100 celebrations. To date activities are registered in 44 countries worldwide that will collectively celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Pale Blue Dot image and how astronomy shows us the place of our home planet in the universe and can help us address global challenges during and around 13-20 February 2020.
Call Opened for Participation in the 2020 Open Astronomy Schools project
To harness the vast skills in education, outreach and inspiration of astronomy educators around the globe, IAU100 is launching a second call for proposals for the promotion of the Open Astronomy Schools (OAS) teacher training events in 2020.
Celebrate Pale Blue Dot’s 30th Anniversary with Worldwide Activities Appreciating the Earth
After one year of looking at one hundred years of milestones in astronomy with IAU100, let’s look back at us, Planet Earth, and how astronomy shows us the place of our home planet in the universe and can help us address global challenges. This is the final IAU100 global project and will take place on and around 13-20 February 2020.
Celebrate Art and Astronomy Each Day in the Month of December
In celebration of the IAU’s centenary celebrations (IAU), the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) launched the website “Do the Stars Gaze Back? Art inspired by the Universe”, a December calendar that links artworks to milestones in astronomy and space exploration.
First IAU Symposium on Inclusion and Diversity held in Mitaka Campus
From 12-15 November 2019, the IAU Symposium 358 on “Astronomy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - a roadmap to action within the framework of the IAU centennial anniversary” was held at the Mitaka Campus in Japan, welcoming 124 participants from 31 different countries.
New Zealand Starlight Conference Highlights Matters of Light Pollution
The New Zealand Starlight Conference took place at Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand on 20-23 October and brought together more than 100 experts on light pollution and the maintenance of dark skies from New Zealand and 14 other countries from around the world.
IAU100 Name ExoWorlds Global Project Conducts Over 100 National Competitions
The NameExoWorlds global project has received international interest, participation and media coverage. Thousands of names have been submitted to respective national campaigns to name a designated exoplanet and its host star.
The Cosmos: Art and Knowledge exhibition combining science and art was curated by Professor Ewine van Dishoeck of Leiden University, and president of the International Astronomical Union. The exhibit is featured at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave from 10 October 2019 to 15 March 2020.
Winner of the Women & Girls in Astronomy Prize Announced
The Astro Molo Mhalaba project has been selected as the winner of the Women & Girls in Astronomy Prize. This initiative engaged underserved communities in Cape Town, South Africa through astronomy outreach activities in February 2019.
Amanar Project Begins Second Phase With Astronomy Outreach Activities in Tindouf Refugee Camps
The Amanar: Under the Same Sky project aims to inspire Saharawi youth of Algeria through astronomy, using it as a tool to promote peace, cultural exchange and mutual understanding. The project’s second phase has begun in which an international team of astronomers and educators are travelling to the refugee camps in Tindouf to conduct astronomy outreach activities.
IAU100 Launches the Astronomy Day in Schools Global Project
The Astronomy Day in Schools initiative is an IAU100 Global Project with the vision of mobilising the astronomical community to organise activities in schools. This is a special opportunity for students to directly interact and engage with astronomers in their communities, and to learn about the important role of astronomy in our lives.
Colombia’s Corre Por La Ciencia Race Takes Off in Bogotá
The upcoming 14 September Corre Por La Ciencia race in Bogotá (Colombia) supports integration, recreation and physical activity with a scientific and astronomical theme. The race will take place at the Anillo Vial Campus of the National University of Colombia.
UNIPAMPA Planetarium Inspires Thousands in Southern Brazil
Aimed to inspire the students and the general public with astronomy, with the support of the IAU100 Secretariat, the UNIPAMPA mobile planetarium has already visited 10 cities in the Pampa region (Brazil) and reached 200 pre-service teachers and more than 8000 children.
IAU100 Above and Beyond Exhibition Continues to be Featured Worldwide
The IAU100 Above and Beyond traveling exhibition that highlights 100 years of astronomy discoveries continues to be showcased globally. The travelling exhibition is currently travelling across Ireland, while the down-scale and poster versions have been featured around the world.
Submit an Abstract for the 2019 European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky in Ireland
The Friends of Mayo Dark Skies Community Group are hosting the European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky from 3 to 5 November 2019 in Mulranny, County Mayo. This event offers a platform for research, activism and policy discussions on protecting the night sky.
Moon Landing 50 Celebrated in Over 125 Countries Worldwide
The Moon Landing 50 celebration was conceived as an IAU100 global project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon in 1969. The project comprises the largest coordinated Moon landing anniversary action worldwide with over 1 million people attending events in 128 countries.
New Prizes Announced for the Moon Landing 50 Global Project
Four new prize categories have been created to stimulate further engagement and excitement for the Moon Landing 50 global event. To date, over 500 events in more than 80 countries have registered for participation.
Today on 2 July, the Moon completely covers the Sun during a total solar eclipse. This eclipse’s totality passes over the South Pacific Ocean followed by part of Argentina and Chile. A variety of events are taking place in Argentina and Chile to celebrate and observe the total solar eclipse.
First Inclusive Astronomy Workshop Held in Thailand
From 25 to 28 June 2019, Thai educators and outreach professionals gathered in NARIT Regional Observatory for the Public, Chachoengsao to attend the first national inclusive astronomy workshop in Thailand.
The IAU100 Moon Landing 50 global project was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the moon in 1969. Diverse activities and events in more than 70 countries have registered for participation.
Celebrating Inclusion in Astronomy Around the World
The IAU100 celebrations continue around the world, with several events for Inspiring Stars project planned during the month of June in Austria, France, United Kingdom, Thailand and Italy. The Inspiring Stars events are dedicated to inclusion and diversity in astronomy.
Amanar Inspires Refugee Children Through Astronomy
As 20 June 2019 marks United Nations World Refugee Day, the IAU100 Special Project “Amanar: under the same sky” is using astronomy as a tool to inspire children from the Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and the Canary Islands, Spain. The initiative uses astronomy as an educative tool and cultural bridge between children from these two communities to foster a sense of global citizenship and mutual understanding.
Global Astronomical Community Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of 1919 Solar Eclipse
IAU100 is supporting various initiatives on the theme of the 1919 Solar Eclipse, including conferences, celebratory events, educational activities, and more. This also includes a celebration in São Tomé and Príncipe with the participation of the President of São Tomé and Príncipe and the President of Portugal.
Hundreds of Participants Enrolled in Einstein Schools
200 schools from all over the world have currently signed up for the Einstein Schools IAU100 global project. Participants are actively exploring the role of gravity in modern astronomy: from gravitational waves and black holes, to Einstein’s Birthday and the centenary of the 1919 solar eclipse that verified Einstein’s prediction on how starlight would bend passing near the Sun.
IAU100 Celebrates the 2019 UNESCO International Day of Light
The IAU100 Dark Skies for All project aims to raise awareness of the preservation of quiet and dark skies in coordination with the UNESCO International Day of Light on 16 May 2019. In celebration of the International Day of Light, the Dark Skies for All project is distributing 100 Turn on the Night kits in 50 countries worldwide.
Event in Rome Celebrates 100 Years of the IAU, Italian astronomy and the Vatican Observatory
As part of the IAU100 celebrations, high-level officials from the IAU and Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) gathered to give speeches about the IAU, Italian astronomy and the Vatican Observatory over the past 100 years. It is also 20 years since the foundation of INAF.
On Friday 10 May the IAU100 special project Rock and Astronomy Under the Sky event will feature various talks, sky observations and a musical astronomy festival that is free and open access for audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
New Scaled-Down Poster Version of the IAU100 Above and Beyond Exhibition Released
A new set of 12 posters have been created as a scaled-down version of the IAU100 Above and Beyond Exhibition. This version of the exhibition is well suited for display at meetings, universities, schools, societies and other venues.
Astronomy for Peace and Global Citizenship in Cyprus
The Columba-Hypatia: Astronomy for Peace project takes place on the divided island of Cyprus and aims to inspire children to be curious about science and the cosmos, while promoting a feeling of global citizenship and a culture of Peace and non-Violence.
Winners Announced for the IAU100 Short Story Competition
In November 2018, IAU100 launched the short story written competition “Under One Sky”. This contest aimed to stimulate creativity and imagination, by soliciting short written stories related to the themes 'Under One Sky' and 'Inspiring Stars'.
IAU100 event Celebrates the first IAU Amateur Astronomy Day Event in Brussels
On Saturday 13 April 2019 at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, Belgium, the International Astronomical Union organised its first event for amateur astronomers. The event followed the IAU100 Under One Sky Flagship Event on 11-12 April.
The IAU 1919–2019: 100 Years Under One Sky Celebration Flagship Ceremony took place at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels (Belgium) on 11–12 April 2019. The event was held in the location where the IAU was founded 100 years ago.
IAU100 Launches Global Event for the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of an important milestone in space exploration and humankind - the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing - IAU100 has set up a dedicated website to coordinate global events and large moon observation activities, including the launch of a telescope competition.
Inspiring Stars Showcases Events in Three European Capitals
After the Bridging Event at the Planetarium in Brussels and the active participation in the Zero Conference at the United Nations in Vienna, the IAU100 Inspiring Stars travelling exhibition on inclusive astronomy projects has arrived in Italy.
Become an IAU Dark Skies Ambassador to promote the importance of dark skies
The IAU100 Global Project Dark Skies for All project aims to raise awareness for the preservation of quiet and dark skies and claim the right to future generations to continue to access our true night skies. The project now open the registration for becoming one of its ambassador for the IAU to protect dark skies.
Apply for Greater Event Visibility Through the IAU100 Endorsed Projects
The IAU100 Endorsed projects provide extra means to achieve the IAU100 main goals and objectives. This project category is intended to provide large global projects, which satisfy the vision of IAU100, with greater international recognition and an opportunity to connect with other celebrations worldwide.
Dumbara Sky Special Project Shares Astronomy With Rural Regions in Sri Lanka
The Dumbara Sky (දුම්බර අහස) project was conducted on 9-10 February 2019 in Sri Lanka and aimed to increase science awareness and early interest the pursuit of STEM fields for school students located in rural regions of Sri Lanka.
Celebrate Women and Girls in Astronomy for the chance to attend an IAU Symposium!
A new special prize has been announced for event organisers that conduct activities for IAU100 that innovatively celebrate Women and Girls in Astronomy. We strongly encourage the organization of activities throughout 2019, as the perfect opportunity to celebrate girls and women in astronomy
Above and Beyond Exhibition visited by 13000 people in Bratislava
The IAU100 Above and Beyond travelling exhibition received thousands of visitors at the Slovak National Museum – Natural History Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. After closing on February 3rd, the exhibition will now travel to the VIDA Science Center in Brno, Czech Republic.
From 20-21 January 2019, various activities celebrating the lunar eclipse were reported by IAU100 national coordinators around the world, from Thailand to Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil. The IAU100 lunar celebrations will continue throughout 2019.
International Year of the Periodic Table 2019 Opening
2019 marks the 150th Anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev’s discovery of the Periodic Table and to celebrate its importance the United Nations has proclaimed it the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements 2019 (IYPT2019).
Join the IAU Amateur Astronomy Day Event in Brussels
On Saturday 13 April 2019 at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels, Belgium, the International Astronomical Union will organise its first event for amateur astronomers. The IAU100 Secretariat hereby invite amateur astronomers to engage with the event by attending and/or sharing their work as an amateur astronomer.
Call Opened for Participation in the Open Astronomy Schools project
To harness the vast skills in education, outreach and inspiration of astronomy educators around the globe, IAU100 is launching a call for proposals for the promotion of the Open Astronomy Schools (OAS) teacher training events.
The IAU100 Global Project Dark Skies for All project aims to raise awareness for the preservation of quiet and dark skies and claim the right to future generations to continue to access our true night skies. The IAU100 is issuing a call for proposals to receive the “Turn on the Night” educational kit and encourages educators, astronomy professionals and enthusiasts around the world to apply.
IAU 100 Years Celebrations at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS)
EWASS 2019 will be held in Lyon, France, from 24 to 28 June 2019. The conference will welcome over one thousand astrophysicists from across Europe and beyond. On 27 June, the IAU 100 Years Celebrations will have a special session showcasing global and national activities organised during the celebration.
Winners Announced for the 100 Hours of Astronomy Telescope Competition
Ten winners have been selected from around the world to be provided a Bresser Refractor telescope that has been signed by astronauts to be used during the 100 Hours of Astronomy global event on 10-13 January 2019.
Bring the Above and Beyond Exhibition to your Community
The Above and Beyond open-source exhibition features some of the most relevant and astonishing astronomical breakthroughs that have shaped science, technology and culture throughout the last century. Now you can bring this exhibition to a venue near you in an affordable customized way that suits the needs of your community.
IAU100 Celebrations around the World - Reaching out to the National Communities
From Colombia to Madagascar, from Egypt to Japan. The IAU100 kick-off activities and global calls for events are starting around the world. With Astronomy events of all kinds, including national and cultural events. the IAU100 is engaging with different communities worldwide. Meet the IAU100 National Committees and learn more about the people that are here to support you during the 2019 celebrations.
Even though the IAU100 anniversary is in 2019, celebrations are already taking place worldwide! Mitaka Open House Day 2018 is a special public event hosted by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and other facilities on campus. This year, this annual open house was held on October 26 and 27, 2018 and introduced the IAU 100 years celebrations to the local community.
The Slovak National Museum – Natural History Museum and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) invite everyone interested in science to visit the exhibition Above and Beyond from 23 October to 30 December 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia. This travelling exhibition is one of the global projects of the 100 years celebration of the IAU (IAU100).
Inspiring Stars is an IAU100 Global Project designed to highlight, support, and promote inclusive initiatives that encourage equality of participation in outreach and teaching and at a professional level in the field of astronomy. On October 19, the project is presented in Santiago, Chile highlighting the Chilean community’s many efforts on inclusive astronomy through the project “Astronomy for All”.
Join the Celebrations! — How to Get Involved in the IAU100
The IAU centennial celebrations in 2019 will stimulate a worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community from professional and amateur astronomers, from policy-makers to teachers and students, to families and the general public. Plan ahead for an exciting year and find out how you can get involved.
Participate on the 100 Hours of Astronomy Global Project
It is only a few month before the yearlong centennial celebration of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will take place. As a big kick off event, the global project 100 Hours of Astronomy is organised on 10-13 January 2019. Everyone around the globe can participate in this joint effort to bring astronomy to the general public.