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New Prizes Announced for Organisers and Participants of the 100 Hours of Astronomy Global Event

7 December 2018


Children learning how to use a telescope at a Universe Awareness activity in Romania. Credit: Universe Awareness

Four new prize categories have been created to stimulate further engagement and excitement for the 100 Hours of Astronomy global event on 10-13 January 2019.

To kick off the centennial IAU100 celebrations in 2019, the 100 Hours of Astronomy event will bring together amateur and professional astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts and the general public to share their enthusiasm for astronomy and space. We welcome any astronomy related activity of any duration to register for participation in this global event. Possible activities include workshops, tours, talks, sky observation activities, classroom projects, lectures, movies, field trips, art projects and more!


New prizes categories have been created for organisers and participants of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event:

Prizes for Event Participants


Social Media Prize

Event participants can share a picture on social media during their 100 Hours of Astronomy event using the hashtags #IAU100 and #100HoursOfAstronomy to be automatically entered for this prize draw.


The 2 winners selected will each receive a Celestron Firstscope.


Prizes for Event Organisers


Event organisers will be invited to complete a short survey following their event. These responses will be used to select the winning event organisers who will be awarded with prize packages to facilitate their continued astronomy education and outreach efforts.


The ‘Astronomy For All’ Prize

One of the IAU100 themes is Inclusive Astronomy. This prize is awarded to the event that demonstrated the strongest consideration for inclusiveness, diversity and equity in their astronomy event - particularly for underserved minorities. You can find suggestions on how to organize inclusives events here.


Most Innovative Event Prize

This prize is awarded to the event that most uniquely and innovatively inspired and educated about astronomy.


Biggest 100 Hours of Astronomy Event Turnout Prize

This prize will be awarded to the event that saw the biggest public participation throughout the 100 Hours of Astronomy from 10-13 January (group photo(s) required).


Prizes will only be awarded to events that have officially registered for the 100 Hours of Astronomy event. The 100 Hours of Astronomy event website also provides a variety of materials and resources for event organisers. Those who do not wish to organise an event or activity of their own can participate in an existing activity by browsing the list of registered events.


Contest agreement:

- All decisions of competition organizers about any aspect of the competition, including eligibility or disqualification of applications, comments or images are final and cannot be appealed.

- By submitting information for the contest about the conducted 100 Hours of Astronomy event, contestants consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and dissemination of their name, and information relating to the award by the competition organizers and/or partners, without compensation, in any publications or promotional material, to promote the competition and its winners.

- IAU100 reserves the right to make changes to the competition at any time without prior notice, to temporarily interrupt the competition, or to cancel the competition without justifying or being in any way accountable for this decision. No damages or compensation may be claimed.


Bethany Downer

Coordinator of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event


Jorge Rivero González

IAU100 Coordinator

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