Ep. 525: 100 Years of the International Astronomical Union

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in Astronomy, Doing Astronomy, Meetings, People, podcast | 0 comments


Even though they might be scattered around our planet, astronomers have way to come together to work out issues that face their entire field of study. It’s called the International Astronomical Union, and they’re the ones who work out the new names for stars, and sometimes de-planet beloved Kuiper Belt Objects.

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Show Notes

International Astronomical Union website
What is the International Astronomical Union?

IAU lobbies for science, decides international standards, and is most well-known for being where Pluto got demoted.

Astronomers voting old-school style at IAU meeting. Credit: IAU

IAU works as a democracy, with all countries having votes.

The Statutes consider such business to be divided into two categories:

  • issues of a “primarily scientific nature” (as determined by the Executive Committee), upon which voting is restricted to individual members, and
  • all other matters (such as Statute revision and procedural questions), upon which voting is restricted to the representatives of national members.

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