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IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter

2016-2017 Special Edition


In this newsletter:

0) From the Editors
1) CAP Journal Issue 21 now available
2) Newsletter of the CC1 - Education and development of the Astronomy
3) IAU Meetings and Symposia
4) Cosmic Light - a legacy from 2015 and beyond
5) astroEDU - peer review astronomy education activities
6) Astronomy Clubs network and the IAU Directory
7) IAU Working Groups
8) The IAU Themes
9) Meetings and Global Events for 2017
10) Our newsletter in other languages - a special thank-you to our translators
11) Contributions to this newsletter - looking forward to hearing from you in 2017!

0) From the Editors

The IAU Astronomy Outreach Newsletter is a bimonthly community-generated digital publication prepared by the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team. Our team continuously gathers and shares resources, activities and events recommended by and to the science education and outreach community around the world. Every month, we can’t help but be amazed by the large number of activities happening around the world. By sharing these through this newsletter our team hopes to inspire and provide ideas for our readers to learn from each other’s experiences and to support your efforts in bringing astronomy to everyone.    

In this issue, we start by suggesting some items for your holiday reading, such as the CAP Journal issue 21 and the latest Education and Development of Astronomy Newsletter. We also list a few astronomy meetings and events for 2017 so you can start planning ahead. In this issue, #24 of 2016 and the last one of the year, we would like to bring you some slightly different content. We dedicate this newsletter to highlighting some of the IAU’s outreach activities and the many ways you can engage with our outreach team and with some of these IAU programs. By doing so we hope that in 2017 we can continue to support you and the community even further. 

As usual, we don’t want to leave unmentioned all the voluntary support that makes this newsletter possible — our translators and contributors. Our team here in Japan is looking forward to continuing to hear from you all in 2017 and to supporting you in the best way we can.
Clear Skies for 2017!
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team

1) CAP Journal Issue 21 now available

The 21st issue of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal is out! In this issue CAP contributors outline a summer programme in astronomy for high-school students; evaluate a massive open online class in astronomy; provide essential tips on how to write a successful press release; and describe astronomy communication at its most informal — a growing programme of astronomy events held in bars. All of this and more is featured in this free, peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators.

The CAP Journal is available for download here:

2) Newsletter of the CC1 - Education and development of the Astronomy

Welcome to IAU Commission C1 Newsletter #84, the second to be published under the new divisional structure of the IAU established at the General Assembly XXIX in Honolulu, in August 2015. In this issue, you can find reports on activities by three working groups: WG3 on Equity and Inclusion;  Inter-Commission Working Group B7 & C1: Dark Skies Challenge and Education; and the Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE) first seminar. 
Read the newsletter here:

3) IAU Meetings and Symposia

Its program of scientific meetings is one of the most important means by which the IAU pursues its goal of promoting the science of astronomy through international collaboration.  In many of these meetings there are special sessions dedicated to Education and Outreach in which astronomers, informal educators and outreach professionals exchange best practice on how to take different areas of astronomy to the community and the general public. 

You can find all the IAU meetings and symposia here: 

4) Cosmic Light - a legacy from 2015 and beyond

During International Year of Light (IYL2015), IAU Cosmic Light saw 1000 activities that reached over 2.5 million people. Through Cosmic Light, the IAU has officially endorsed several projects, such as Global Science Opera and Constellation, for their innovative approaches, collaborative efforts and sustainability. For 2017 the IAU OAO has endorsed The Story of Space and we invite you to discover more about this project here:

5) astroEDU - peer review astronomy education activities

One of the projects officially supported by the IAU is astroEDU, an open-access platform for peer-reviewed science education activities. Here educators can discover, review, distribute, improve, and remix educational content, all licensed through the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported. astroEDU makes the best science activities, particularly those with an astronomical, earth or space science focus, accessible to educators around the world by providing visibility via wide distribution through the partner networks and with the official seal of the IAU. We encourage all formal and informal educators to discover more about astroEDU here:, and to share their educational activities here:    

6) Astronomy Clubs network and the IAU Directory 

The IAU Directory for World Astronomy aims to be a comprehensive database of active organisations and groups that share their excitement for astronomy and promote education and outreach activities to the wider global community. With this platform, the IAU intends to provide a resource where everyone can easily access information about astronomy-related groups and can easily contact them to discover more about astronomy-related activities. 

We invite you to find out about the activities and groups in your region or even become a part of our community:   

7) IAU Working Groups

The IAU currently has within its structure Working Groups that are established by the IAU Executive Committee, Divisions, or Commissions, to undertake certain well-defined tasks. Examples of such Working Groups are Site Protection, Astronomy for Equity and Inclusion, Network for Astronomy School Education (NASE), and Outreach Professionalization & Accreditation — and there are many more.

We invite you to explore the different tasks of each IAU Working Group here:

8) The IAU Themes

In recent years the IAU has received hundreds of emails from the general public with questions ranging from young students wondering how they could become astronomers, amateur astronomers wanting to become involved in active research, or the general public wondering about the importance of Astronomy in our daily life.  IAU Themes covers the most popular topics in astronomy and reflects the most frequently asked questions that the IAU Press Office has received over the years. Our team is currently renewing the Themes and you can also be a part of it by sending us your questions and suggestions to 

You can see more about IAU Themes here:

9) Meetings and Global Events for 2017

As we move closer to the end of 2016 here is the list of the most eagerly-awaited astronomy outreach & education conferences and events for next year. Plan ahead for a year full of interesting events. And if you notice we have missed something, then share further international astronomy outreach and education meetings or events with us via 

a) ESO Astronomy Camp
Date: 26 December 2016 to 1 January 2017
Location: Aosta Valley, Italy.
More information: 

b) 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society
Date: 3–7 January 2017
Location: Grapevine, Texas
More information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10) Our newsletter in other languages - a special thank-you to our translators

-     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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