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January 2020 IPS Communicator
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IPS Newsletter — Issue 9 — January 2020


New IAU Office for Education
Haus der Astronomie

The International Astronomical Union has established an Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE), which joins three existing IAU offices dedicated to outreach, development, and summer schools for young astronomers. The OAE will be hosted by Haus der Astronomie, a center for astronomy education and outreach in Heidelberg, Germany, that is operated by the Max Planck Society. The task of the OAE is to support astronomers and astronomy educators world-wide, and supporting the use of astronomy for teaching about science, technology and mathematics in elementary schools and secondary schools. To this end, OAE is meant to support the professionalisation of astronomy education, help create suitable infrastructure and resources, and organise suitable events and workshops.

More information, including information about open positions at the OAE that are currently being advertised, can be found on

Planetarians' Zoom Seminar
Emily Peavy. Image courtesy of Andy Kreyche

Coming soon: Planetarians' Zoom Seminar on January 31, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. Pacific, 4:30 p.m. Mountain, 5:30 p.m. Central, and 6:30 p.m. Eastern. Emily Peavy (Imiloa Astronomy Center) will give a presentation and lead discussion on the topic "Perceived Education and Entertainment Value in Live and Pre-recorded Planetarium Programs." It is an age-old (albeit confounding) debate about the relative merits of live and pre-recorded programs. Throw in contrasting views about education versus entertainment goals under the dome and you may have thoroughly confounded the discussion. In this seminar, Emily Peavy casts some light and clarity on the issues in telling about a research project that she described in the December 2019 issue of Planetarian. See and hear her views and research results in this live seminar! Emily is Planetarium Technician and Support Facilitator, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo Hawai`i.

For more information on Planetarians’ Zoominars, see

BT Design Seminar 2020
Bowen Technovation

Bowen Technovation will be hosting another of its well received exhibit and immersive theater design events. The seminar welcomes administrators and exhibit designers from museums, science centers, architectural and exhibit design firms, cultural/nature center/state park staff and planetarium managers/technicians. The detailed workshop sessions are the most important part of the seminar. Attendance is free. Food and drink for lunch and breaks are provided. Registration is required however, and limited to the first 100 registrants.

For more information and to register see:

Planetary events schedule
Lunar and Martian surfaces

The Lunar and Planetary Institute keeps track of related international research meetings around the world. Here’s what to look forward for 2020!/

Important Date

IPS 2020 Conference Early Bird Prices End February 28, 2020

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