IAU Centre for the Protection of the Dark and Quiet Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference (CPS)

The IAU Centre starts its activity!

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) is deeply concerned about the increasing number of launched and planned satellite constellations in mainly low Earth orbits. The IAU embraces the principle of a dark and radio-quiet sky, not only as essential to advancing our understanding of the Universe of which we are a part, but also for the cultural heritage of all humanity and for the protection of nocturnal wildlife.

The IAU Centre for the Protection of Dark and Quiet Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference will start its operations on 1 April 2022. The Centre working plan stems from the excellent contributions produced by the Working Groups that co-organized the Workshops, SATCON1 and SATCON2, and the Conferences, Dark and Quiet Skies I and Dark and Quiet Skies II, which analysed in detail the interference caused to astronomy by the satellite constellations and outlined possible mitigation strategies.

The Centre aims at being as inclusive as possible, engaging in its activity with all interested stakeholders in its four core areas or hubs: SatHub, Policy, Industry and Technology, Community Engagement (please refer to the Centre Press Conference for a description of its core activities).

For this reason the Centre is organising a set of “listening sessions”, open to all, with the primary objective of assessing its initial plan of activities for completeness and adequacy to the needs of the community.

IAU Centre Listening Sessions

What: The goal of the listening sessions are to incorporate your ideas into the work plan of the IAU Centre, as well as to answer your questions. A few minutes at the opening of the session will be spent on a brief introduction into the featured hub. Then the Q&A will be opened.

When: Eight one-hour listening sessions covering the centre's four hubs will take place at 15:00 UT on 8, 9, 10 and 11 March and at 5:00 UT 15, 16, 17 and 18 March 2022 to accommodate interested people from all over the world. The sessions on Tuesday through Friday the first week will be: SatHub, Policy, Industry and Technology, and Community Engagement, respectively. Those in the second week will be Policy, SatHub, Community Engagement, and Industry and Technology, respectively. Invitations will be emailed to all working group members who were in the four workshops, to institutions and individuals who provided letters of support for the IAU center, and to UN delegates. An open invitation to attend is posted on IAU’s social media channels.

Where: online. To obtain a zoom invitation, please fill in the Google Form.

Optional:  Place your questions in the que in advance of the listening session using the last Question field in the Google Form.

 

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