Q1: What is the IAU100?
A: In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary (IAU100). To commemorate this milestone, we are organising 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 under the central theme „Under One Sky”.
Q2: Who is running IAU100?
A: To coordinate the initiative, the IAU has teamed up with worldwide partners and has set up the IAU100 Task Force as well as the IAU100 Secretariat based at Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands).
Q3: When will events begin?
A: The IAU100 Events were officially launched at the IAU General Assembly in Vienna (Austria) in August 2018 and they will run throughout 2019.
Q4: How will it achieve its goals?
A: By organizing projects around the world, the centennial celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science. These events and activities will also reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organisations and societies, policy-makers, students, families and the general public.
Q5: Where can I find information?
A: The IAU100 Secretariat has set up a website that details more information about the IAU100 and its events. Please visit https://www.iau-100.org/ for the latest updates on the initiative.