Saturday, August 06, 2011


Terry, after reading my SCOPE article, sent a note about the International Astronomy Union.
You mentioned that the IAU is the only body authorized to name astronomical objects. You also said you didn't know why. Believe it or not, that power was designated to the IAU when the Treaty of Versailles was signed at the end of WWI. The treaty that ended WWI also standardized the astronomical practices of the planet!
Now that's a fascinating fact.

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