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To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, we have decided to cancel some of our events until further notice. Information about the resumption of the events will be posted on NAOJ's website and SNS. We kindly ask for your understanding and cooperation.

For those who want to visit NAOJ, please note the following point:

If you have, or think you may have, had close contact with someone infected with the novel coronavirus, please refrain from visiting.
If you have cold-like symptoms such as a cough and fever, please refrain from visiting.
Take appropriate preventive actions, such as wearing a mask and washing your hands with soap, to protect yourself from infection.



  • IAU National Outreach Coordinators | Online Astronomy@Home Awards

Dear friends, 

As many of us turn online to stay connected with our communities through astronomy, we wish to recognise the incredible and inspiring efforts various event organisers worldwide are carrying out during the upcoming months.

As the world struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to helping tackle this pandemic and its impact on society (please read our IAU Office's Call to Action). To help everyone cope with the prolonged times being spent indoors, and because everything is better with astronomy, we would like to reward the fun, educational, original and engaging at-home online activities you are carrying out to keep you, your family, and your community occupied, entertained and, most of all, engaged in a meaningful way with science and astronomy.

We are asking outreach professionals, educators, amateur and professional astronomers, and astronomy enthusiasts to develop and participate in astronomy activities online. People from all backgrounds and level of experience are encouraged to organise online events using astronomy as an engagement tool to connect online with their communities. From one person streaming their night sky through a telescope at their window; astronomers holding virtual meetups; educators sharing fun activities to DIY at home; to planetariums broadcasting live remote shows; online astronomy challenges, we're already seeing creative and engaging activities all around!

We hope to keep this momentum going, by recognising the various event organisers worldwide through the Online Astronomy@Home Awards. The five categories for the awards are:

1) Most Innovative Event: Where organisers have come up with an imaginative or unusual approach to enthusing the public about astronomy with and online event or campaign.

2) Best Family Event: For those at home with their families, what astronomy activity they come up with (together with their family members, remotely or that are in the same house) and inspiring others along the way.

3) Outstanding Online Event: Engaging with the public isn't necessarily the number of attendees or the scale of the event, but the quality of the experience. This award recognises the excellence of an engaging and fully online outreach experience.

4) Largest Number of Registered Online Events Held by a Single Group: Where an organising group has made an effort to take astronomy above and beyond from their own homes to the community-at-large.

5) Community Engagement: For the most interesting event that garnered participation with communities that aren't focused on astronomy, or made efforts to connect to non-astronomy-enthusiasts.

First Prize: 600 euros (one first prize per category award)
Second Prize: 300 euros (one second prize per category award)
Top ten: A four-year subscription to the printed version of the CAPjournal.
All organisers will receive a Certificate of Participation.

1 April 2020 to 31 July 2020

Activities must be registered on the Event Form and implemented between 1 April and 31 July 2020. Events and content that sells products or services are not eligible for these awards.

How can you apply?
1) Plan your online astronomy activities, events, talks, meetups for engaging with your community online;
2) Register your event or activity on the IAU Global Outreach Events registration form;
3) Implement your astronomy outreach activities online between 1 April and 31 July 2020;
4) Tell us about your activity by filling out the report form by 15 August 2020.

As always feedback is much appreciated. We would also like to ask you to please disseminate it in your channels, to participate and encourage your community to participate as well. 
More information at

Thank you and with all our best,
Lina & Izumi


Lina Canas
International Outreach Coordinator
Office for Astronomy Outreach, International Astronomical Union

Office: 310 South Building, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo, 181-8588, JAPAN

Tel: +81-(0)422-34-3966 | Skype: linacanas | | | @IAU_org


  • CAP2020 Astronomy Communication Conference: ABSTRACT & GRANT APPLICATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 5 APRIL 2020

Dear colleagues,

Registration is now open for the CAP2020 Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference, to be held from Sep 21-25 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

Abstract submissions for talks, posters, and workshops are invited under the theme of Communicating Astronomy for a Better World: Environment, Culture and Peace. Limited number of grants are available for those with limited means of support.

CAP is organized by the International Astronomical Union Commission C2 and hosted by Macquarie University this year.



Deadline for early registration: 31 May 2020

The topics that will be discussed at the conference are:

- Current Challenges in Astronomy Communication
- Best Practice in Public Outreach
- Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Empathy in Communicating Astronomy
- The Media's Role in Astronomy Communication
- Using Multimedia, Social Media, Immersive Environments and other Technologies for Public Engagement with Astronomy
- Astronomy and Climate Change
- Astronomy Communication to Promote Peace
- The Role of Astronomy in Bridging Cultures
- Communicating Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region

Participants will also have the opportunity to add their own topics for discussion during the event's "unconference" slots. Networking activities will encourage learning from peers, identifying potential partners, and strengthening the links between Asia-Pacific and international science communicators.

The link for the conference is:


Registration, abstract, and grant application details in the announcement at:

Regards, Ramasamy Venugopal, Office of Astronomy for Development c/o South African Astronomical Observatory

PO Box 9, Observatory, 7935

Twitter: @ram_cosmo|


IMPORTANTE: Simposio 367

Due to the worldwide restrictions related to the care we must have in relation to the spread of COVID-19 we are evaluating the reorganization of activities and proposing alternative and innovative ways that allow us to continue with them while respecting the health care of all.
At the moment, we suggest not make plans that are difficult to change later.


IAUS 367 Local Organizing Committee

  • The Gruber Foundation (TGF) fellowship 2020

Dear colleague, I hope this message finds you and your family well.

As the IAU activities must continue in the best possible way, I would like to remind you that the deadline for applications for the The Gruber Foundation Fellowship 2020 is approaching: March 31st.

You can see the application procedure on the following page:

You may not be directly interested in this, but I ask you to take the initiative to draw the attention of your younger colleagues to this excellent opportunity.

Further information on the Fellowship can be found at:

With best regards, Teresa

Prof. Teresa Lago
IAU General Secretary
98bis, bd Arago, F-75014 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 25 83 58


  • IAU scientific meetings and other activities planned for 2020

Dear colleague, I hope that this message finds you and your family, well.

Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, which is seriously threatening all of us, we need to take special measures to ensure that all IAU activities continue, but are carried out in a responsible and safe manner. Obviously, we will maintain the basic principle that participation in all of our scientific meetings and other activities is inclusive, also in geographic terms.

So, even though the IAU's mission is to promote international collaboration, the clear priority is now on health security. IAU scientific meetings and other activities will be seriously affected by current conditions, for an unforeseen period, restricting the freedom of any astronomer to participate in them, regardless of their location. However, we intend that these activities are carried out in the best possible way, under the current restrictions.

IAU Officers discussed the strategy to be adopted in these difficult times and agreed with the following recommendations:

- if you are organising a scientific meeting or any other activity planned for 2020, consider adopting creative techniques and holding it in a virtual format; this can be a time to inspire innovative experiences that may even be adopted in the future, under normal circumstances;

- if you decide that your meeting needs the traditional format, consider cancelling it and submitting a proposal in the future, or postponing it for a safe period, at least after September 2020, or even later, depending on the evolution of the pandemic; the same applies to schools or similar activities;

- as we hope to have the GA in 2021 (16-27 August), which will include in its scientific programme 6 Symposia and 12 Focus Meetings, plus Division Days and other meetings, the postponed symposia should not take place shortly before or after the GA, that is, between at least between July and mid-October;

- organisers of a regional meeting should also consider cancelling or, at least, postponing it to reschedule either in the first or the last 2 months in 2021.

Take care, your safety and the safety of your collaborators are our priority, act as a responsible scientist and contribute to global safety.

These are exceptional circumstances and IAU will flexibly consider all proposals that ensure that its activities are carried out in a safe and open manner.

Please be careful, we wish you all the best.

Teresa, on behalf of the IAU Officers

Prof. Teresa Lago
IAU General Secretary
98bis, bd Arago, F-75014 Paris
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 25 83 58


  • CAP Journal special edition on astronomy outreach for development (free to read)

Dear all, the first special edition of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Journal has been published on the topic of Astronomy Outreach for Development. The articles in this edition represent some of the ways the community has been leveraging astronomy to impact real lives, in addition to the research & technology development carried out in the field.
All articles are free to read at:

We were only able to publish a fraction of the articles we received for this edition. If you are running 'Astronomy for development' activities, we can work with you to publish an article or short blog about your project on the OAD website
If you want to share your astro outreach and education activities, please send them to to be published in the IAU Outreach Newsletter

PS: some of you may have seen our Call to Action last week, in light of the COVID-19 crisis,

CAP Journal

Ramasamy Venugopal,
Office of Astronomy for Development


Actualizado el 27/03/2020