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IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

#2 April 2018

In this newsletter:

0) From the Editors
1) Call for Proposals for Official Endorsement for IAU100 Special Projects
2) Inspiring Stars first event in Austria
3) The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Newsletter #20 is available online
4) Light Pollution Brochure
5) News from Japan
6) Bring STEM to Puerto Rico Schools
7) Microfiches
8) Calling all Mobile Domes
9) Cool videos
10) Meetings & Global Events
11) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in other languages
12) Contributions to IAU Outreach Newsletter

0) From the Editors

In the past weeks, our team has been busy producing the Light Pollution brochure and getting ready to celebrate the International Day of Light. We’ve also been revamping our "new space" on the website for the office's projects, network, and team, and involved in the first official Inspiring Stars event to support accessibility and equal participation in science. 

In this issue, we want to highlight the latest IAU Office of Astronomy for Development newsletter with some very cool news from the team, the Microfiches project, and raise awareness to the "Bring STEM to Puerto Rico Schools" project, where your support can make a difference. 

Finally, we want to again express a special thank you to our translators who continually put so much effort into translating our newsletter into their languages, increasing its reach throughout their communities. Language can be a barrier, and our translators act as bridges to reach out further. We’d like to extend special thanks to Akihiko Tomita, Martin Pawley, Liliana Gracanin, Emílio Zuniga, Basilio Solís-Castillo, and others throughout the years. 

Wishing you all Happy Reading & Clear Skies!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach Team

1) Call for Proposals for Official Endorsement for IAU100 Special Projects

The IAU100 Task Force is issuing a call for proposals for Special Projects in support of IAU100 Goals at the local and national levels. An IAU100 Special Project is a highlighted astronomy-oriented activity that will support the IAU100 Goals under one or more of the IAU100 Flagship Programmes that will be implemented at local/national level. The IAU100 Task Force will provide seed money support up to 2500 EUR for the IAU100 Special Projects. 

Learn more here. 

2) Inspiring Stars first event in Austria

“Inspiring Stars” is an itinerant international exhibition promoted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to promote equal participation in science using astronomy. The exhibition will premiere during the IAU General Assembly 2018 in Austria, from 20 to 31 August that will be preceded by a launch on April 16, 2018, in Vienna. This pre-event event will gather 35 people from both the IAU and the Hilfsgemeinschaft, an Austrian non-profit-organisation that offers support to the blind and visually impaired. This first initiative in the local Austrian community will serve as incentive for the Austrian community to take part in the main "Inspiring Stars" event. 

Learn more about the project here: 

3) The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development Newsletter #20 is available online

The IAU OAD Newsletter #20 is now online. The newsletter is issued quarterly by the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development. Highlights of this issue include the launch of the European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development, jointly operated by the European Astronomical Society and Leiden University, the opening for abstract submission of the OAD session at SciDataCon, and the upcoming astrophysics workshops in Nepal, South Africa, and Lebanon organised by OAD-funded projects.

An archive of all OAD newsletters is available on the website here.

4) Light Pollution Brochure

This IAU OAO publication is a compilation of relevant findings in the area of light pollution and dark skies awareness. The information for the brochure was gathered under the umbrella of the Cosmic Light programmes, coordinated by the IAU during the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL2015). The goal of this brochure is to raise the profile of recent advancements in our understanding of light pollution, in particular regarding the use of LEDs, to support the astronomy community in disseminating measures to protect dark skies and increase public awareness of light pollution research.

Download the brochure here: 

5) News from Japan

Kagoshima Meeting finishes successfully
On March 30, after Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference (CAP 2018) in Fukuoka, around 40 participants from ten different countries gathered in Kagoshima to share ideas and various educational resources related to astronomy education. Japanese school teachers also presented their original work and materials. One of the topics addressed was astronomy school curricula in various countries and need for an international comprehensive meeting on astronomy education. On the second day, some of the participants enjoyed the English guided tour of JAXA Tanegashima Space Center.

For more information about the meeting, please visit:


6) Bring STEM to Puerto Rico Schools

Astronomers Without Borders is raising funds for 20 OneSky telescopes and 20 Spanish astronomy curriculum books, providing teachers with resources to teach STEM through astronomy. Your donation will provide resources to schools in disadvantaged and devastated regions of Puerto Rico in desperate need. The telescopes will bring the universe to the children of Puerto Rico and help give them a sense of global unity during this very difficult time.

You can support the project here: 

7) Microfiches

Microfiches is an encyclopedic project where art encounters knowledge. Each collection comprises 10 to 15 cards presenting key elements of a subject. Each collection is devoted to a topic such as Volcanoes, Microbiology, and others, with 10 to 15 cards presenting key elements of the subject. The texts are written by a specialist and visually interpreted by an artist. The textual and visual content is then printed on cards and a variety of other printed and digital mediums. To support the free circulation of knowledge, all content will be available to download for free on the project's website, with the contents available in both English and French.  

Check out the cool collections here: 

8) Calling all Mobile Domes

Portable domes represent "grassroots" science education at its best, reaching remote corners of the world. To honour and encourage the excellent work of mobile planetarium educators around the world, the International Planetarium Society (IPS) is promoting a contest to award prizes for the best events hosted during the International Day of Planetariums, on 11 March 2018. Prizes will be awarded based on submitted photos and videos and narrative (tell your story!) of the submission. All applications must be received by 1 May 2018.

Learn more about the contest here: 

9) Cool videos 

Ours is a user-generated newsletter, and as usual, we would like to thank our community for sharing their favourite contents with us. This time, we made a short compilation of some of the videos we received. Don't miss "A new view of the Moon", where a group of outreach communicators took a telescope around the streets of Los Angeles (USA) to give strangers an up-close look at a familiar object: the Moon. And if you’re familiar with “Neutron Stars” you won’t want to miss "Space Detectives, the Case of the Rocks from Space” by the Europlanet and Science Office. Also next month we’ll be celebrating the International Day of Light, for which the organisation has released this new video. Enjoy!

10) Meetings and Global Events 

Recently Added

5th European Conference of Science Journalists
Date: 8 July 2018
Location: Toulouse, France
More Information: 

Here you can find a list of astronomy outreach & education conferences and events around the world. Plan ahead for a year full of interesting events!

a) International Day of Light
Date: 16 May 2018
Location: Around the world
More Information:

b) Asteroid Day
Date: 30 June 2018
Location: Around the world
More Information: 

c) International Planetarium Society 2018
Date: 1–6 July 2018
Location: Toulouse, France
More Information:

d) International Science Engagement Camp (ISEC)

Dates: 6-22 July 2018
Location: Barcelona, Spain
More Information: 

e) 5th European Conference of Science Journalists
Date: 8 July 2018
Location: Toulouse, France
More Information: 

f) ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) 2018
Dates: 9-14 July 2018
Location: Toulouse, France
More Information:

g) Committee on Space Research - COSPAR
Date: July 14-22, 2018
Location:  Pasadena, California
More information:

h) Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE) Conference & the InterNational Astronomy Teaching Summit
Dates: 22-27 July 2018
Location: Hilo, Hawai'i, USA
More information:

i) IAU General Assembly 2018
Dates: 20-31 August 2018
Location: Vienna, Austria
More information:

j) European Planetary Science Congress 2018
Date: 16–21 September 2018
Location: Berlin, Germany
More Information:

k) .Astronomy conference
Dates: 24-27 September 2018 
Location: Baltimore, USA
More Information:

l) Space Generation Congress (SGC) 
Date: 27-29 September 2018
Location: Bremen, Germany  
More Information: 

m) International Astronautical Congress
Dates: 1 – 5 October 2018
Location: Bremen, Germany 
More Information:

n) World Space Week 2018
Dates: 4-10 October 2018
Location: All around the world
More Information: 

o) International Observe the Moon Night
Date: 20 October 2018
Location: All around the world
More Information:  

p) Starmus Festival V: A Giant Leap
Date:  24–29 June 2019
Location: Bern, Switzerland
More information:  

Have we missed something? Then share your astronomy outreach and education international meetings or events with us via

11) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in other languages

-     Translations into Serbian are available, by Dr Liliana Gracanin from Serbia: ;
-     Translations into Japanese are available, carried out by Akihiko Tomita through the Astronomy Translation Network: If you want to receive the Japanese newsletter translation, please subscribe to the Japanese Amateur Astronomers Association here:, or the Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy here:;
-     Translations into Galician are available, by Agrupación Astronómica Coruñesa Ío, in Spain here:    
-     Translations into Spanish are available by: 
             - Emílio Zuniga, The Association of Amateur Astronomers from León, Nicaragua:;
             - Basilio Solís-Castillo, Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, University of Bonn:

If you are interested in translating our newsletter into your language, please let us know via

12) Contributions to the IAU Outreach Newsletter—looking forward to hearing from you in 2018

Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we’re always looking for news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2018! If you are organising large-scale events at a regional or international level, offering astronomy education or communication job positions, have any innovative projects or inspiring stories, looking for professional–amateur collaboration in astronomy, or have created any educational resources, let us know by sending an email to

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