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The International Astronomical Union is delighted to congratulate the entire LIGO collaboration on its exceptional achievement of the direct and unequivocal detection of
gravitational waves, probably originating from the merger of two black holes. Not only does this feat celebrate Albert Einstein and his general theory of relativity in its

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The National Committee on Geographical Names, in its meeting on 29/10/2015, which was held in its permanent, headquarters in Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre agreed to issue a special dictionary for geographical names in Jordan includes the name in Arabic language and its equivalent in Roman letters (Romanization) before the end of this year.

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The votes are in — the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) have been chosen by public vote in the NameExoWorlds contest, and accepted by the IAU. Reflecting the truly international interest in astronomy, over half a million votes from 182 countries and territories contributed to the new official designations of the alien worlds.

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The XXIX General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) ends today in Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA. One of the largest astronomy meetings ever held, it has seen a huge assortment of frontline astronomy topics presented, with six symposia, 22 multi-session focus meetings, nine IAU Division meetings, dozens of IAU Commission meetings, and the first-ever daily general poster sessions taking place over the course of two weeks.