All-Union Astronomical and Geodesical Society

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

All-Union Astronomical and Geodesical Society

 

(Vago) a scientific and social organization of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, carrying on work in the areas of astronomy, geodesy, and cartography.

The society was founded in 1932 as the successor to the Russian Astronomical Society and the Association of Astronomers of the RSFSR. The members of VAGO are both professional and amateur geodesists and astronomers; there are also sections for young people. VAGO has more than 50 sections and affiliates in the large cities of the USSR; in 1970 the membership was approximately 5,000. Among the society’s publications are Astronomicheskii kalendar’ (since 1895), Biulleten VAGO (published 1939–41 and 1947–65), Astronomicheskii vestnik (since 1967), and Zemlia i Vselennaia (Earth and the Universe, since 1965).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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