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IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

#1 August 2018

In this newsletter:

0) From the Editors
1) IAU General Assembly 2018 Hosts Public Astronomy Events in Vienna
2) Hands in the Stars: Call for the 2nd International Comparative List of Astronomical Words in Sign Languages
3) News From Cyprus & Sri Lanka
4) Astronomy for Development Project Design -- online course
5) GO-GA -- Go-Lab goes to Africa
6) Become an AstroBVI teacher
7) World Space Week: Space Selfie contest (satellite photo)
8) Las Cumbres Observatory Seeks New Education Partners

9) Meetings & Global Events
10) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in other languages
11) Contributions to IAU Outreach Newsletter

0) From the Editors

All set for the IAU General Assembly 2018! This year we will have both an exciting scientific program for all participants, and also an outreach program open not only to GA attendees but to everyone. Our team will be at the IAU booth jointly with our sister offices IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) and IAU Office for Young Astronomers (OYA). If you happen to be in Vienna or attending the GA consider dropping by our booth and saying hello!

In this issue, we highlight the IAU General Assembly Public Events, the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) online course of project design and the Las Cumbres Observatory Call for Education Partners.

Hope you all had great lunar eclipse observations! We would like to thank everyone for sharing their activities with our team. As you all know we’re based in Tokyo and unfortunately, the weather here didn't help much. Nevertheless, when we start seeing the cool photos everyone was warmly sharing we couldn’t help feeling the luckiest! Thank you!

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

1) IAU General Assembly 2018 Hosts Public Astronomy Events in Vienna

The Austrian city of Vienna will host the XXX General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) from 20 to 31 August this year. In addition to welcoming more than 3000 astronomers from over 88 countries, the conference will also offer several events for the local community, free and open to the public.

Find out more at the IAU Press Release:  

2)  Hands in the Stars: 2nd International Comparative List of Astronomical Words in Sign Languages -- Call for Collaborators 

In December 2017, as the result of a long-term project developed by the IAU. Commission C1 Education and Development of Astronomy and its WG3 Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion compiled the first international comparative list of astronomical words in sign languages that currently includes 47 words most commonly used in education. The working group is now issuing a call for partners to issue a new list of words. If you’d like to participate in this project please send an email to beatriz.garcia[at] and amelia.ortiz[at] 

3)  News From Cyprus & Sri Lanka

Under the Same Eclipse -- a total Lunar Eclipse observed, measured and shared by more than 1000 students in Sri Lanka and Cyprus!
On July 27th, the longest lunar eclipse of the century was observed by groups in Sri Lanka, and in Cyprus by both Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots, in a joint cultural experience where they measured distances from both places using the eclipse. Through this, the organizing teams aim to share the wonders of the Universe we live in and by zooming out, hope to foster a sense of global citizenship, realizing our place in the Universe, together, on one planet. #UnderTheSameEclipse

Find out the results of this event at the Nalanda College Astronomical SocietyOld Nalandian Astronomical Society and Columba-Herschel: Astronomy for Peace.

4) Astronomy for Development Project Design -- online course

This course is designed to provide a helping hand to anyone who intends to submit an application to the Office of Astronomy for Development 's (OAD) Call for Proposals. It provides a brief introduction to Astronomy for Development and introduces the participant to the OAD project cycle, from needs analysis to monitoring and evaluation.

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) online course in project design is now online at the following link: 

5)  GO-GA -- Go-Lab goes to Africa

GO-GA’s main objective is to adapt and implement the successful Go-Lab Learning Ecosystem in Africa, first piloting it in three countries and then scaling up. The Go-Lab Ecosystem (or the Go-Lab Sharing and Authoring Platform) targets science teachers from primary and secondary schools and aims to help them enrich their teaching practices with innovative teaching approaches and supportive technical tools. GO-GA will accelerate the adoption of richer learning environments and improved learning outcomes in science and technology, by deploying contextually engaging digital content as well as capacity development for teachers across Africa. 

Find out more about the project here:

6) Become an AstroBVI Teacher  

AstroBVI is a project funded by the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development in 2018 and aims to create and distribute an educational kit in different countries in Latin America and provide training for teachers to use it. 

Applications to receive the kit are open until August 31 (in Spanish): 

7) World Space Week: Space Selfie Contest  

The World Space Week Association (WSWA) seeks proposals for “space selfies” during Space Selfie Cropped World Space Week, October 4-10, 2018. These will be pictures taken from space of very large WSW events. These images will be taken by Planet -- using its 3-meter resolution satellites. 

The deadline is September 1, 2018. More information and application form at:

8) Las Cumbres Observatory Seeks New Education Partners

Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for new education partners that will observe astronomical phenomena with LCO telescopes and use the data as part of their educational activities. The team is looking for interesting, engaging, and innovative ideas for astronomy education or outreach projects that make use of LCO's unique capabilities. The team is offering a total of 1,000 hours of observing time on the LCO 0.4-meter telescope network for use between 1 December 2018 and 1 December 2019 for all projects;

The proposal deadline is 1 September 2018. For full information about this call, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, please visit the LCO website:

9) Meetings and Global Events 

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

b) ASP2018: Advancing Astronomy for All -- Conference on Education, Communication and Diversity in Science
Date: 10 - 13  September 2018
Location: Sonoma Wine Country, CA
More Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

i) 11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation
Date: 7 to 9 November 2018
Location: Bonn, Germany
More Information:    

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

k) 3rd Workshop on Dissemination and Education of Astronomy (WDEA III)
Dates: 2 July (Solar Eclipse), 4- 5 July 2019
Location: San Juan, Argentina
More information at

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10) 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

11) 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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