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IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

#1 January 2017


In this newsletter:

0) From the Editors
1) Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) Yearbook 2016
2) National Outreach Contact (NOC) Corner: News from Argentina
3) Data to Dome International Workshop in Japan
4) 365 Days of Astronomy: It’s time for Totality 2017
5) Latin-American Journal of Astronomy Education (RELEA)
6) The Virtual Telescope
7) Odysseus Space Science Challenge
8) Science in School — journal for science teachers
9) Meetings & Global Events
          Recently added
          Important Dates
10) IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter in other languages
11) Contributions to IAU Outreach Newsletter

0) From the Editors

In a great start to 2017 our sister office, the IAU-Office of Astronomy for Development, has just released its first Yearbook where you can explore the amazing things the team has accomplished throughout the years.

In this issue, we invite our readers to discover more about 365 Days of Astronomy "Totality 2017" activities for the highly anticipated 21 August eclipse and to learn more about the Odysseus Space Science Challenge; and our Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking readers are encouraged to explore the Latin-American Journal of Astronomy Education.

Our colleagues from Argentina bring us another great suggestion — to start the new year by planning for the annular eclipse that will be visible in Patagonia in February 2017.
Clear Skies for 2017!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team

1) Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) Yearbook 2016 

The IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD) has released its debut Yearbook, an annual publication that reflects on the activities and accomplishments of the OAD and the global community during the year. In this first edition the 2016 Yearbook covers the ground since the OAD’s inception. The activities are supported by a diverse global community, including the nine regional offices, partners, collaborators, and volunteers across the world. Print-ready files and editable design files are available on request for printing or translation.

An electronic version of the Yearbook can be downloaded from the OAD website here:   


2) National Outreach Contact (NOC) Corner: News from Argentina

The Second Workshop on Astronomy Education and Outreach (Segundo Workshop de Difusión y Enseñanza de la Astronomía - WDEA II), will be hosted in Esquel from 22 to 24 February 2017. This workshop will also host the Observation of the Annular Eclipse, on 26 February. To celebrate these special events, the Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE) has produced the book of activities “Sun and Eclipses - Activities and Models to explain eclipses”, available for download in Spanish and English.

You can find more information about the workshop here (in Spanish): 

3) Data to Dome International Workshop in Japan

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) are organising the “Data to Dome” international workshop to be held on 2 and 3 March at the NAOJ campus in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop will bring together planetarium professionals, astronomers, and experts in big data visualisation in an immersive environment. All participants are invited to present a short example of their work and will have an opportunity to launch and discuss a topic of general interest to the community. Travel support funds are available and the application deadline is 15 January 2017.

You can learn more about the workshop here: 

4) 365 Days of Astronomy: It’s time for Totality 2017

The award winning 365 Days of Astronomy show has announced that it is launching a ninth season and that "Totality 2017" will be the theme, as the world celebrates the path of totality marching across North America during the solar eclipse on 21 August 2017. This total solar eclipse will be of great interest for people around the world, for both its scientific aspects and its education and tourism opportunities. But “Totality 2017” will also bring you a taste of the totality of astronomy — from asteroids to exoplanets, and from supernovae to superclusters, the podcast will share exciting breakthroughs from all of space science.

Read more details about these exciting activities here: 

5) Latin-American Journal of Astronomy Education (RELEA)

The Latin-American Journal of Astronomy Education (RELEA) helps to foster and consolidate the topic of astronomy education in Latin America and beyond. The 22nd issue is now available. Original, unpublished papers are accepted, containing empirical research, theoretical essays, and reviews of interest to the field of Astronomy Education. Articles may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English. The first page is in Portuguese, but you can change to English or Spanish via the menu to your right. Any comments or suggestions may be sent directly to:

The guidelines for authors and submissions are listed in the address: 


6) The Virtual Telescope

The Virtual Telescope Project consists of several robotic telescopes remotely accessible online in real time, used for both research and fun. Despite the advanced instrumentation involved, the system is user-friendly and available to all. This project, provided by the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy and managed by Dr Gianluca Masi, also offers public online observing sessions, with live commentaries from scientific staff and viewers joining from all over the world. 

Discover more about the project: 

7) Odysseus Space Science Challenge

Odysseus is a European space science contest for young people, where three age groups are eligible to participate: Skywalkers (primary school pupils), Pioneers (secondary school pupils) and Explorers (university students). The contest is organised in three rounds — National, Regional and pan-European — that will be held in Toulouse, France in July 2017.  The competition offers a unique learning experience for everyone involved, allowing students to push the boundaries of their knowledge by answering fundamental scientific questions.

Learn more about it here and explore the official website:  

8) Science in School - journal for science teachers

The Science in School journal addresses science teaching across Europe and across disciplines, highlighting the best in teaching and cutting-edge research. It covers biology, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering and medicine, focussing on the interdisciplinary work through content that includes educational materials and projects in science education, up-to-date information on cutting-edge science, interviews with inspiring scientists and teachers and many other useful resources for science teachers. 

Science in School is published quarterly and is available free on this website. You can find current and past issues here:


9) Meetings & Global Events 

Here you can find a list of astronomy outreach & education conferences and events around the world.

Recently added

Communicating Astronomy with the Public - CAP2018
Date: 24-28 March 2018
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
More Information: 

Important Dates 

Data to Dome Workshop
Travel support deadline: 15 January 2017
Date: 2–3 March 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
More Information: 

a) Data to Dome Workshop
Date: 2–3 March 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
More Information:  

b) 7th International Festival of Science Visualization — Dome Fest
Date: 5–7 March 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
More Information:

c) Global Astronomy Month
Date: April 2017
Location: All around the world
More information: 

d) 10th International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics 
Date: 6–8 April 2017
Location: Campos, RJ, Brazil
More Information:  

e) European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS)
Date: 26–30 June 2017
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
More information: 

f) Asteroid Day
Date: 30 June 2017
Location: Around the world
More Information: 

g) Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting 2017
Date: 2–6 July 2017
Location: University of Hull, United Kingdom 
More Information:

h) 13th Asian-Pacific Regional IAU Meeting (APRIM 2017)
Date: 3–7 July 2017
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
More Information:  

i) International Symposium on Astronomy and Astrobiology Education
Date: 3–8 July 2017
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
More Information: 

j) European Planetary Science Congress 2017
Date: 17–22 September 2017
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga, Latvia
More Information: 

k) 3rd COSPAR Symposium
Date: 18–22 September 2017
Location: Jeju Island, South Korea, 
More information: 

l) International Observe the Moon Night
Date: 28 October 2017
Location: All around the world
More Information: 

m) Communicating Astronomy with the Public - CAP2018
Date: 24–28 March 2018
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
More Information: 

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

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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 Spanish are available, by the Association of Amateur Astronomers from León, Nicaragua: ;
-     If you want to receive the Japanese newsletter translation, please subscribe to the Japanese Amateur Astronomers Association here: ;
-     Translations into Galician are available, by Agrupación Astronómica Coruñesa Ío, in Spain here:    
-     You can find older issues of this newsletter in Spanish by the Astronomical Spanish Society here:  

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

11) Contributions to this newsletter - looking forward to hearing from you in 2017!

Here at the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach, we are always looking for more news about astronomical education and outreach events around the world. Please continue to share your stories with us in 2017! If you are organising any 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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