In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU is organising a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy under the central theme "Under One Sky".
The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) takes part to the project "IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy". In tandem with the United Nations’ International Day of Women and Girls in Science, ITA has launched the "Women & Girls in Astrophysics" blog on February 11th, 2019 and arranged an "Astronomy on Tap - Oslo" event on February 25th, 2019 featuring women astronomers from ITA and the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS).
In July 1969, 600 million people on all the continents followed the first step of a man on the Moon, together with their family or friends, around a radio, sometimes a TV. Fifty years later, we want to feel this enthusiasm for the Moon again in a global, universal movement, transcending all borders.
That is why astrophysicists of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics and the Rosseland Center for Solar Physics invite passers-by to observe the Moon and share the wonder right in Oslo city center on July 12th, 2019.
Norge har fått i oppgave å navngi et solsystem som befinner seg i stjernebildet Store Bjørn, som ligger i galaksen vår. Stjernen og en planet i dette solsystemet har foreløpig bare kjedelige katalognavn, men som et samlet Norge skal vi velge bedre navn.