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The ASP announces the publication of “Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality,” the 517th volume of the ASP Conference Series

The 554-page volume contains 60 articles and essays collected wisdom, experience, and suggestions from hundreds of scientists, educators, event planners, and outreach specialists, documenting knowledge gained during the 2017 eclipse. Read more.


A World of Ice, Fire, and the Aurora Borealis

Linda Shore, ASP’s CEO, shares her recent experience on an Iceland Aurora Tour as guest Lecturer.  Find out if she saw the auroras and why or why not as well as enjoy a few of her photos of the amazing landscape. More »


Remembering A Friend of the ASP

Nancy Grace Roman, an icon in the history of astronomy research and space exploration, “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope, vocal advocate for encouraging girls to participate in STEM, and generous supporter of the ASP, passed away on December 25, 2018 at the age of 93. Read a tribute by CEO Linda Shore.


The ASP introduces the first storybook of its kind for engaging young budding astronomers!

Published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), Breakfast Moon is an engaging story that encourages children to be scientists by observing the world around them. The illustrations accurately depict the shape and position of the moon over the course of several days. The book includes blank Moon Journal pages so that the readers can record their own observations of the moon’s changing phases. More information.


Mary Marcussen to receive the Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2018 Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award goes to a longtime friend and supporter of the ASP: Mary Marcussen, consultant, grant writer, and project design specialist. More »


The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Announces Its 2018 Award Recipients for Astronomy Research and Education

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the oldest, innovative, and respected organizations in the U.S. dedicated to increasing the understanding and teaching of astronomy, is proud to announce the recipients of its 2018 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education.

The awards will be formally presented at the ASP Awards Gala (Ceremony and Banquet) on November 10, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Burlingame, CA.

More information about the ASP’s awards and past recipients can be found at More »


Astronomical Society of the Pacific Honors Dr. Tim Heckman with the 2018 Bruce Gold Medal

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is proud to award the 2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal to Dr. Tim Heckman, the inaugural Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Heckman is the Chair of the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, and has been the Director of the Center for Astrophysical Sciences at JHU.
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AAS Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant Program Application

AAS Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant Program Application

The AAS Education & Professional Development (AAS-EPD) mini-grant program welcomes US-based AAS members to education-related mentoring and professional-development experiences. The application deadline is Sunday, 5 August, at 11:59 pm ET.

For more information and to apply, visit


Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues

Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available


Together with SETI Institute, the ASP helped, over the last two and a half years, to create Astronomy Badges for the Daisy – Brownie – Junior Girl Scouts of the USA.

The complete press release is available here.


Former ASP Board President Selected as NSTA President-Elect for 2018-2019

Former ASP Board President Selected as NSTA President-Elect for 2018-2019

Dennis Schatz

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced that Dennis Schatz, senior advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington and field editor for NSTA’s Connected Science Learning, began his one-year term as president-elect of NSTA on June 1, 2018. He will assume the office of president on June 1, 2019.

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