Internaitional Astronomical Union

internaitional association o professional astronomers at the PhD level an beyond

The Internaitional Astronomical Union (IAU; Inglis: International Astronomical Union; French: Union astronomique internationale, UAI) is an internaitional association o professional astronomers, at the PhD level an beyond, active in professional resairch an eddication in astronomy.[2] Amang ither activities, it acts as the internaitionally recognised authority for assignin designations tae celestial bouks (starns, planets, asteroids, etc.) an ony surface featurs on them.[3]

Internaitional Astronomical Union
Union astronomique internationale
IAU logo.svg
IAU National Members.svg
Naitional members frae 74 kintras
Formation28 Julie 1919
HeidquartersParis, Fraunce
12,450 individual members[1]
74 naitional members
Silvia Torres-Peimbert
General Secretar
Piero Benvenuti


  1. Fienberg, Rick (14 August 2015). "A New Tally of Individual IAU Members" (PDF). Kai'aleleiaka. p. 3. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. "About the IAU". International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. Overbye, Dennis (4 August 2014). "You Won't Meet the Beatles in Space - Plan to Liven Official Naming of Stars and Planets Hits Clunky Notes". New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2016.