Raoul Lannoy



This saturday april 13 2019, I went to the Brussels Academy Palace where we celebrated 100 years if the IAU !

I found lots of friends from Belgium, France, made some new from Germany, Spain, Australia, Holland.. There were some speeches given by Ewine van Dishoeck, IAU president, Stella Kafka from AAVSO, John Grunsfeld who talked about his STS 125 flight, Babak Tafreshi (TWAN) also gave a speech ! I asked questions such as wether the IAU had a list of countries banning telescopes (Egypt for instances confiscates your telescope when you arrive at the airport) and what to do about this. It was fun, cold outside (but we were inside) and informative.

After the event, 6 of us went to the center of Brussels to have pasta (we talked a lot in french and english) and after 21:00, we went to the Agora place and joined MIRA to show the heavens (mainly, the Moon) on the street to hundreds of streetwalkers ! I was even interviewed by a local flemish station. I explained that we were going to the public (not the other way around) even if the light pollution is extreem. I brought a tripod and a small telescope. This time, I went to Brussels and back home with the train (never been so early leaving and late coming back)... IAU conferences, Sidewalk astronomy and Global Stargazing night, all the same day! 

IAU 100



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  • Viva os 100 anos da UAI, vamos juntos.
  • 15 April 2019
    Wow! That sounds fantastic and very interesting. I didn't know that some countries may confiscate telescopes. I wish I had been with your group to have pasta, practice my French, and do some Sidewalk Astronomy. Thanks for posting! Very inspiring!
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Born in Belgium in 1957 (from a Belgian father and an American mother). Here, everything seems a lot more complicated: more taxes, more government, more languages, more people per square kilometer or mile, more light pollution, but, nevertheless, as much passion for things going on up there, naturally or man made. This was thanks to the first time I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968, followed by the promises of the Moon. One weakness was my dislike for maths, which led to human science studies (law and a specialization in insurance). I've been working since 1982 in the...


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