Win a telescope signed by Astronauts!

Logo for the celebration of 100 years of the International Astronomical Union 1919-2019



SSVI students gathered around a telescope looking excited.
SSVI activity with students in Belgium. Credit: SSVI

The Belgian initiative Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen (SSVI) and Universe Awareness (UNAWE) are giving away 10 Bresser Refractor telescopes signed by astronauts to support astronomy educational activities that inspire underserved students in astronomy. 

Everyone is invited to apply and it is open to any country. Successful applicants, as an individual or group, will submit creative and impactful plans to conduct activities with the telescope, especially those that take into account gender and minority populations with special attention to the inclusion of girls and those with disabilities in astronomy. 

For more information and to apply, go to the IAU100 website:


About the IAU100:

In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the IAU is organising a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy under the central theme "Under One Sky".

The centennial celebrations will stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy and science and will reach out to the global astronomical community, national science organisations, societies, policy-makers, students, families and the general public.

The IAU100 activities will take place at global and regional levels, and especially at the national and local levels. To coordinate the initiative, the IAU has set up the IAU100 Task Force as well as the IAU100 Secretariat based in Leiden Observatory (The Netherlands). The task force has prepared a comprehensive programme of Global initiatives to reach targeted audiences worldwide through the IAU National Outreach Coordinators and National Astronomical Societies, which have set up National IAU100 National Committees to ensure the worldwide success of the initiative.