Cyprus will have the opportunity to choose a name to be given to an exoplanet following the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation’s (CSEO) accession to the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
CSEO’s accession was ratified unanimously during the IAU General Assembly that took place this week in Vienna. In statements to CNA from Austria, CSEO’s President George Danos said that the organisation became an official national member of IAU thus now being able to vote for decisions taken by the IAU.
At the same time, the Cypriot organisation will have the opportunity to choose a name to be given to an exoplanet, as part of the many opportunities that open up with CSEO’s accession to this international astronomical union, which will celebrate next year its 100th anniversary.
Besides Cyprus, nine more national members were candidates for accession. CSEO’s accession was voted unanimously by the other national members of the IAU and there were no objections.
“Our accession in this international association will give us the cooperation and support of the international community in promoting both academic research and international cooperation in the field of astronomy,” George Danos told CNA.
He added that the accession will also provide Cyprus with the necessary and active contribution of the IAU in terms of developing astronomy in Cyprus with the help of astronomers of international prestige both with educational programmes and with standard training, in order to connect and strengthen the young people of our country so that they are able to contribute substantially to international astronomical research through the IAU, Danos stressed.
It is noted that the IAU was founded almost a century ago in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation.
Its individual members — structured into Divisions, Commissions, and Working Groups — are professional astronomers from all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, who are active in professional research and education in astronomy.
The IAU has 12376 members. The Individual Members Directory contains 9828 names in 101 countries worldwide. Of those 79 are National Members. In addition, the IAU collaborates with various scientific organizations all over the world.
The IAU also serves as the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world`s largest professional body for astronomers.
More than 3000 astronomers from more than 88 countries gathered in Vienna for the General Assembly of the IAU. The meeting featured thousands of scientific presentations, numerous policy discussions.
The IAU General Assembly is held every three years and invites astronomers from around the world to come together to advance the astronomical sciences through international collaboration. Participants of the General Assembly in Vienna addressed key topics in contemporary astronomy and assessed the latest scientific progress in a number of specialised areas.