International Astronomical Union

  • IAU is a collection of professional astronomers, at the PhD level and beyond, active in professional education and research in astronomy.
  • Founded: 1919
  • HQ : Paris, France
  • Objective:
    • Promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation.
    • It is an internationally recognized authority for assigning designations (names) to celestial bodies (stars, planets, asteroids, etc.) and any surface features on them.