IAU names dwarf planet Eris

14 September 2006

The International Astronomical Union announces the names (136199) Eris for the dwarf planet provisionally named 2003 UB 313 and Dysnomia for its moon.
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6 Resolutions adopted at GA-XXVI

5 September 2006

The six Resolutions adopted at our XXVIth General Assembly in Prague, among which "Definition of a Planet in the Solar System" and "Pluto", are now on-line.

Updated Statutes, Bye Laws & Working Rules now on-line

1 September 2006

Further to our XXVIth General Assembly in Prague, the newly updated English version of the IAU Statutes, Bye-Laws and Working Rules are now on-line.

The IAU elects Catherine Cesarsky as new President

28 August 2006

The 2006 General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), meeting in Prague ( Czech Republic), has elected the ESO Director General, Dr. Catherine Cesarsky, as President for a three-year period (2006-2009). Dr. Cesarsky is the first woman to receive this high distinction. Dr. Cesarsky has three exciting years ahead of her, especially since 2009 will be the International Year of Astronomy.

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Definition of "planet" ready for voting

24 August 2006

At the second session of the 2006 International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly, which was held at 14:00 on Thursday 24 August, members of the IAU will vote on the Resolutions presented here.

Result of the IAU Resolution votes

24 August 2006

The first half of the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly has just concluded. The results of the Resolution votes are outlined here.

Address at Closing Ceremony

24 August 2006

Inaugural address from the new IAU President, Catherine Cesarsky, at the IAU General Assembly 2006 in Prague. "We started this conference, in magnificent Prague, with a lovely rendition of 'What poor astronomers are they', from John Dowland. I would like to close it with my motto: 'what lucky astronomers we are': we lead purposeful and interesting lives."(...)  Full text


Draft definition of "planet" and "plutons"

16 August 2006

The world's astronomers, under the auspices of the IAU, have concluded two years of work defining the difference between "planets" and the smaller "solar system bodies" such as comets and asteroids. If the definition is approved by the astronomers gathered 14-25 August 2006 at the IAU GA, our Solar System will include 12 planets, with more to come. Full text

Newsletter n° 5

13 July 2006

The IAU Newsletters are electronically mailed at irregular intervals to all members. They aim to keep Individual Members informed on matters of common interest and concern.


You will find the last edited Newsletter n° 5 here.

The Peter Gruber Fellowships 2006

12 July 2006

The Peter Gruber Fellowships 2006 is awarded to Inma Martinez-Valpuesta (UK) and Jum Chand (India).

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