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International Astronomical Union WGSN

Author: Susanne M Hoffmann

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WGSN explained by Eric Mamajek

For the scientific meeting in November 2023, the founder of the Working Group summarized the ideas, goals and developments.

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Talk by Alejandro M. López

South American Ethnoastronomy What are the methods, results, data that are collected?

WGSN meets Stellarium

The Working Group Star Names (WGSN) and the Stellarium team met in Jena from 1 to 3 November 2023 to think about ways of managing cultural data together. Astronomy is a science that works across faculties: Astrophysics has admittedly been one of the pioneering sciences for large databases and other repositories since the 1970s and…
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Development of Astronomy in India

Talk by Dr. B. S. Shylaja

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First Astronomers

2022 Arthur and Hilda Winch Annual Lecture given by Duane Hamacher, PhD

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Meteorite Impacts and the End of the World

Public Talk by Professor Duane Hamacher

Ian Ridpath: Pictures in the Sky

On July 15, 2020, in a session of the Virtual Astronomy Club, Ian Ridpath spoke about the history of the constellations. A fascinating tale of how the figures, stories and names have been handed down through different societies to the familiar 88 that are officially recognised today. 

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screenshot of the online event: four women discussing

International Day of Women in Science

Dr. Danielle Adams

Pluto (dwarf planet, 2006)

Ketkar and the Discovery of Pluto

The Indian astronomer Ketkar had predicted Pluto (and another planet) much more precise than the American and European people who ran the survey programs. However, the discovery in America in 1930 was completely independent from this because his work was unknown in America.