International Astronomical Union

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Source-This post on International Astronomical Union is based on the article “3 new moons discovered around Uranus and Neptune will be named after Shakespeare characters and Greek goddesses” published in “LiveScience” on 27th February 2024.

Why in the News?

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has confirmed the discovery of three unnamed moons. Among three, one was around Uranus and two were around Neptune.

About the International Astronomical Union (IAU)

1) About: IAU is a global organization of professional astronomers, at the PhD level and beyond who are active in professional education and research in astronomy.

2) Origin: It was founded in 1919. Its headquarter is in Paris, France.

3) Objective: Its objective is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation.

4) Members: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has 92 member countries, with 85 being National Members. It also collaborates with scientific organizations globally.

4) Mandate: It is the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies (stars, planets, asteroids, etc.) and any surface features on them.

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