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IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

#2 June 2020

In this newsletter:

0) From the Editors
1) First Visitors Selected for the IAU Outreach Visitors Programme
2) Telescopes for All Winners Announced
3) IAU Online Astronomy@Home Awards First Deadline Approaching
4) IAU Statement on Racism and Discrimination
5) IAU Catalyst June 2020 Released
6) Asteroid Day 2020
7) Europlanet 2024 RI NA Call for Observations at the Europlanet Telescope Network
8) SciAccess 2020

9) Featured Activities Event & Online Resources Repository
10) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in Other Languages
11) Contributions to IAU Outreach Newsletter

0) From the Editors

Dear friends and colleagues,

The OAO has had many wonderful developments recently that we’re excited to share with you in this newsletter. We’ve welcomed two visitors through our Visitors programme and recently announced the winners of the 2020 Telescopes for All programme, more information is listed later in this newsletter.

Additionally, our NOCs have been very busy. Many NOCs recently organised programming for the annular eclipse across Africa and Asia on 21 June. You can see what they did on our website here. A number of NOCs will also be organising events and lectures for Asteroid Day on 30 June. More information is listed in this newsletter.

Lastly, there are a number of opportunities for people to get improve their skills in astronomy outreach, and we’ve included these at the end of this newsletter.

Wishing you clear skies and good health!

Lina Canas & Izumi Hansen, on behalf of the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO) Team

1) First Visitors Selected for the IAU Outreach Visitors Programme

We’re pleased to welcome Fatoumata Kebe and Kelly Blumenthal as the first IAU Outreach Visitors Program.

Fatoumata has received a PhD in Astronomy from the Pierre and Marie Curie University/Paris Observatory France. She is also the co-chair of the IAU Executive Committee Working Group Junior Members and Founder and President of the association Ephemerides that teaches astronomy to the marginalized public. At the OAO she will be the project manager for the Meet the IAU Astronomers! Programme.

Kelly Blumenthal is an astronomer with a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Hawaii and EdM in Education Policy and Management, by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kelly will be conducting research on best practices in science communication and outreach determine programming for workshops for professional astronomers at the regional IAU meetings MEARIM, LARIM and APRIM.

Welcome to both our visitors! We’re looking forward to working with you in the upcoming months.

2) Telescopes for All Winners Announced

The 17 winners of the Telescopes for all 2020 programme have been chosen. The programme, a collaboration between the IAU OAO, Stars Shine for Everyone, and Universe Awareness/University of Leiden, seeks to broaden the horizons of children, parents and educators alike, to spark an interest in science, and to promote equal opportunities for pursuing a career in astronomy. The winners are:

  • Telescopes for All in the heart of Argentina, Villa Mercedes Astronomy Club, Argentina
  • Seichu-Jurá Project, Sociedade de Astronomia do Maranhão, Brazil
  • Making Space for All (MASA), The Astronomical Society of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
  • Telescopes for All in Cameroon, Bilingual Secondary School, Cameroon
  • A Telescope for the Mangilaluk School in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada
  • Telescopes for All in Chile, “Hermanos Carrera” School, Angol, Los Lagos Region, Chile
  • Telescopes for All in the Dominican Republic, ASTRODOM, Dominican Republic
  • Telescopes for All in Haiti, Haiti, Groupe Astro-Jeunes-Ado, Haiti
  • The Universe for Everyone, Andromeda, Ahmad Dahlan University, Indonesia
  • Astronomy is Open to Everyone, Asif n Ait Bounouh Association for Culture and Awareness, Morocco
  • Telescopes for All in Nepal, Blind Rocks!, Nepal
  • Telescopes for All in Panama, Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Panama
  • Mirando al Cielo, Paraguay
  • Telescopes for All in Peru, Huaycán Cultural, Peru
  • Socio-educative support for migrant and refugee children, Spain
  • Telescopes for All in Tunisia, Enfidha Astronomy Club, Tunisia
  • Astronomy for All, Saigon Astrokids (SAK), Vietnam
Read more here:


3) IAU Online Astronomy@Home Awards First Deadline Approaching

The IAU Online Astronomy@Home Awards was created to recognise the exceptional work of astronomy communicators in this exceptional time. The awards are open to any person or group that conducts astronomy outreach. The first deadline for the awards, 31 July 2020, is fast approaching.

Read more about the application process for the awards:

4) IAU Statement on Racism and Discrimination

The IAU has released a statement on racism and discrimination in response to the recent protests around the treatment of Black people around the globe.

Read the statement here:

5) IAU Catalyst June 2020 Released

The IAU Catalyst is an electronic-only bulletin issued twice yearly about the activities from across the IAU. This issue includes information about the adaptions of the IAU and its partners to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the latest Catalyst issue here:

6) Asteroid Day 2020

Asteroid Day is an annual event held on 30 June to raise awareness and educate about asteroids. Some of our NOCs around the world have planned programming for the day. We’ve included these events in the links below. Please see the link for more information.

Asteroid Day official website:

27 June
NOC South Korea (in Korean):
NOC Tunisia with NOC Paraguay (in English):

30 June
NOC Egypt (in Arabic):
NOC Germany (in German):
NOC Haiti (in French, Haitian Creole, and English):
NOC Morocco:
NOC Nicaragua (in Spanish):
NOC Nepal — Updates will be on the NASO Facebook:

28 June through 3 July
NOC Morocco:

Additional events from our NOCs will be shared on OAO social media.

7) Europlanet 2024 RI NA Call for Observations at the Europlanet Telescope Network

Europlanet has issued an open call to professional and amateur astronomers from Europe to conduct observations using the Europlanet Telescope Network through its Networking Activity 2 (NA2) – Coordination of Ground-based observations. Applications are ongoing through 31 June 2023.

Learn more about the programme here:


8) SciAccess 2020

SciAccess is a conference dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to equitable science access. SciAccess 2020 will be held free and entirely on Zoom on 29 June 2020. Registration is required.

Learn more here:

9) Featured Activities Event & Online Resources Repository

AAS Nova
News of recent discoveries in astronomy

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
Noted scientists speak about astronomical topics

CERN seminar series
Lectures from leading scientists

Open Source Cubesat Workshop Lectures
Lectures about CubeSats

See the full list of online events and resources here:

10) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in Other Languages

Interested in translating our newsletter into your language? Please let us know via

Our newsletter is being translated into the following languages:

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 through the Japanese Amateur Astronomers Association ( or the Japanese Society for Education and Popularization of Astronomy (

Translations into (European) Portuguese are available, carried out by Catarina Leote, João Ferreira & Jonas Souza through the Astronomy Translation Network (ATN) Portuguese Language Group (the previous issue can be found here).

Translations into Spanish are available by Emílio Zuniga, the Association of Amateur Astronomers from León, Nicaragua:

Translations into Galician are available by Martin Pawley, Agrupación Astronómica Coruñesa Ío, in Spain here:

Translations into Serbian are available by Dr Liliana Gracanin from Serbia:

Translations into Italian are available by Eleonora Piromalli, AstronomiAmo, from Italy here:

Translations into Russian are available by Artem Mokhnaktin, Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Pulkovo. You can find the latest translations of the newsletter here.  

Translations in French are translated by Rulx Narcisse of the Haitian Astronomical Society and published on the society website: Previous issues of the French translations can be found here:


11) Contributions to the IAU Outreach Newsletter—looking forward to hearing from you in 2020

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 2020! 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 

You can send us your suggestions until the 4th (for issue #1) and the 17th (for issue #2) day of each month. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


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