The 100 Hours of Astronomy

Published on Thursday, 11 October 2018 Written by Юлія Антоненко

100years astronomy

Dear friends and colleagues,

In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will celebrate its 100th anniversary (IAU100) and to commemorate, we will organise a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy.

The 100 Hours of Astronomy will be the kick-off worldwide event of IAU100 and will be composed of a broad range of activities aimed at involving the public. 100 Hours of Astronomy will take place over four days and nights, from 10-13 January 2019, with amateur and professional astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts and the general public invited to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the Universe. Hundreds of local events are being planned by science facilities and astronomy enthusiasts around the world, including telescope observing sessions, exhibitions, lectures, art projects, classroom projects, field trips, special shows and more. In many countries, there will be public lectures by specially selected speakers, experts in astronomy, keen to participate in this planet-wide venture.

In this global celebration of astronomy, together, we will meet old friends and make new ones, engage fresh audiences and perhaps inspire young and budding scientists to pursue a career in astronomy. Visit the dedicated website to follow the event’s progress and to highlight the variety of activities taking part in the 100 Hours of Astronomy around the world.

Our team is looking forward to embarking on this new adventure with you!  
The IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach team