Resolution B5 - IAU General Assembly
IAU General Assembly - Resolution in Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight
13th August 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
A very large step forward for the protection of dark skies was the approval of a resolution at the IAU in Defence of the Night Sky and the Right to Starlight. The members of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) on Thursday, August 13 2009, voted unanimously to approve a resolution in defense of the night sky and the right to starlight. The initiators of the resolution were the IAU Executive Working Group, the International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Project Dark Skies Awareness Working Group, the Starlight Initiative, and the IAU Division XII/Commission 50 Working Group on Controlling Light Pollution.
Text of the Resolution