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A history of IAU Commission C1: a look from the Newsletters

  • Paulo S. Bretones (a1)

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This work aims to present the partial results of a project to collect and analyze all the issues of the Newsletters of Commission C1 (Astronomy Education and Development), formerly named Commission 46. The sources and the (hard) work to obtain printed editions, digitalize and make them available on the Internet are shown. Over 40 years, 86 issues from 1977 until 2017 were published. The Newsletters list the structure of the Commission featuring the names of presidents, vice-presidents, organizing committee, editors, printing and distribution responsible with editorial and presidential letters in the cover. A preliminary analysis of contents of the published material is done. The results present the main subjects of stories that were related to papers, teaching materials, book reviews, courses and meetings. Many solar eclipses and other phenomena were reported. Reports of important projects of the commission were published, such as: International Schools for Young Astronomers (ISYAs), the travelling telescope among others WG projects. Stories of travels and triennial reports from many countries were continuously published presenting many actions and activities for all school levels, non-school activities such as planetariums and many other astronomy subjects. Reports of the education sessions and business meetings held during the IAU GAs and projects in developing countries complemented these publications. Occasionally, papers dealing with great questions and subjects can be found. There are many published contributions that show the participation of many members from many countries and the efforts to improve the astronomy education throughout the world. The surveyed material can be very useful for the next generations of astronomy education researchers, practitioners and teachers, not only as a repository of historical documents, but also as an inspiration for future projects.

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Fierro, J. 2000 IAU Newsletter 52
Gerbaldi, M. 1990, in Pasachoff, J. M., and Percy, J. R. (eds.), The Teaching of Astronomy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), p. 227
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