written by international astronomical union, on febrary 3rd, 2022

who: international astronomical union
what: organizes to preserve “dark and quiet” skies
why: to mitigate the negative impact of satellite constellations on ground-based optical and radio astronomy observations
when: on 10 June 2021 the iau launched a call for the establishment of a centre for the protection of the dark and quiet sky from satellite interference.
where: hosted by two observatories: nsf’s noirlab, the us center for ground-based optical astronomy, and the ska observatory (skao), an intergovernmental organization headquartered in the uk tasked with delivering the world’s most powerful networks of radio telescopes in australia and south africa.

interesting fact: the iau is the international astronomical organisation that brings together more than 12,000 active professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide.

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