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The International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) General Assembly takes place from Aug 3-14 in Honolulu, Hawaii and more than 3,500 astronomers from around the world are expected to attend. The venue for the conference is Hawaii Convention Center. This will be the first General Assembly to be held in Hawaii and the first in the United States since 1988. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world’s largest professional body for astronomers. The IAU holds a conference every three years. The University of Hawaii and the Institute for Astronomy are helping to organize local events but neither is hosting the gathering.

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The conference will enable the astronomers to share knowledge and new discoveries, and they will vote on important astronomical science issues. For example, the IAU general assembly voted to demote Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet at its 2006 conference in Prague. Most of the conference is open only to attendees but there will be several free public events including a talk on Polynesian voyaging.

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International Astronomical Union General Assembly 2015 Events For The Public

Stargazing Party

Monday, August 3, 2015, 7:30PM–9:30PM & Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:30PM–9:30PM

Magic Island, Picnic Areas 32-36, Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu

Spend an evening under the stars with world renowned astronomers.

Public Talks @ Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu

Tuesday, August 4, 7:30–8:30 pm

He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above: “In losing the sight of land, you discover the stars”

Kālepa Baybayan, Pwo (master) navigator, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Polynesian Voyaging Society

Tuesday, August 11, 7:00–9:00 pm, Exoworld Ceremony

The Development of Modern Astronomy in Hawai’i — Dr Günther Hasinger, Director, Institute for Astronomy

The Black Hole in the Galactic Centre — Dr Andrea Ghez, University of California Los Angeles

The above public talks are FREE, but you will have to purchase tickets, click here to purchase.

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