100 Hours of Astronomy in Bratislava
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. All year long, IAU organises many events and activities to increase awareness about astronomy and show people the joy from discovering the Universe. Several events will be held across whole Slovakia. In Bratislava, there will be two special events.
By: Patrik Čechvala
100 Hours of Astronomy in Bratislava
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. All year long, IAU organises many events and activities to increase awareness about astronomy and show people the joy from discovering the Universe. For the beginning of the year, IAU orgganises international project 100 Hours of Astronomy which will be held during 4 days from 10. to 13. January. The 100 Hours of Astronomy event will bring together amateur and professional astronomers, astronomy enthusiasts and the general public to share their enthusiasm for astronomy and space. IAU welcomes any astronomy related activity of any duration to register for participation in this global event. Possible activities include workshops, tours, talks, sky observation activities, classroom projects lectures, movies, field trips, art projects and more. The activities can be registered in the international IAU calendar. IAU has also announced interesting prizes for participants and organisers.
Several events will be held across whole Slovakia. In Bratislava, there will be two special events.
Slovak National Museum – Natural History Museum invites all fans of astronomy to public lecture Milan Rastislav Štefánik – astronomer which will be held on Thursday 10.1. at 4:00 pm in lecture room (3rd floor) of Natural History Museum in Bratislava. We are pleased that dr. Vojtech Rušin from Astronmical Institute SAI accepted our invitation. He will speak about the career and work of Milan Rastislav Štefánik.
We invite also all participants to the visit of Above and Beyond exhibition which is currently installed in Natural History Museum. Exhibition is another IAU project for celebration of 100th anniversary. The exhibition takes the visitor on a chronological journey through a century of scientific, technological and cultural advancements. The exhibition was presented for the first time during the 30. IAU General Assembly in Vienna. Bratislava is a first stand of this exhibition. During 2019, it will travel to other european cities. More information about the lecture and Above and Beyond exhibition can be found on the museum webpage.
Division of astronomy and astrophysics FMPI CU invites all fans of astronomy and discovering of the Universe to public event Secrets of the Universe – 100 Hours of Astronomy which wil be held on Friday 11. january from 3:00 pm in room F1 at the Faculty of mathematics, physics and informatics Comenius University in Bratislava. During the event, there will be projection of astronomy related movies and discussion with professional astronomers. After sunset, observation of the sky with astronomical telescopes will be also held in case of good weather in front of the faculty building.
15:00 – 16:10 – Eyes on the Skies (SK subtitles)
16:10 – 16:25 – discussion
16:30 – 17:35 – Europe to the Stars (CZ subtitles)
17:35 – 17:45 – discussion
17:50 – 18:30 – Okná vesmíru dokorán (Wide ope windows to the Universe) – episode 26, dr. Jiří Grygar with his guests Július Satinský, Milan Lasica and Jaroslav Filip.
After sunset, observation of the sky (in case of good weather).
International calendar of registered events can be found here.
The information about prizes for participants and organisers can be found here.
The IAU is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 13 500 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. 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.