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Astronomers offer a unique perspective on the Earth’s climate crisis. The ASP announces the launch of a new and critically important initiative – to use the lens of astronomy to help people understand what contributes to global climate change and what can be done to save our fragile planet.

ASP honors the life of former ASP Executive Director, Michael Bennett, who passed away October 22. The ASP and the astronomy community has lost a passionate life-long astronomer, educator, leader, coach and friend.

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Hosted by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific with Astronomers for Planet Earth, ASP2021 virtual Summer Symposium is July 23 for a day of plenaries and workshops explore how to harness the astronomical perspective as we fight to protect our planet.

In honor of Nancy Grace Roman, who spearheaded the development of the Hubble Space Telescope and was a generous benefactor of the Society, ASP announces the creation of the Nancy Grace Roman Award for outstanding contributions in promoting gender equity and inclusion in astronomy and related fields.

ASP will once again recognize the accomplishments of the astronomical community by resuming the Annual Awards in 2021

Recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2012, Dr. Curruthers was best known for developing the first moon-based observatory for the Apollo 16 mission.

Starting January 2021, the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP) will be going 100% digital. IOP Publishing and the ASP made this decision to be both economically and environmentally responsible. The last printed issue will be December 2020.

Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries - Behind the scenes with the project team. Join us as we host a special LIVE Big Astronomy Planetarium Show and Panel Discussion on opening night of the ASP's upcoming Virtual Conference.

Join the ASP this December 3-5 for ASP2020: A Virtual Conference - Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement. Plenary Speakers, Schedule, and Special Event just announced and Full Registration ends December 2!

Watch the video lecture on the Silicon Valley Lecture Series YouTube channel
Jan. 25, 2017

Dr. Andrea Ghez (University of California, Los Angeles) reports on her pioneering observations and discusses some of the surprising results this work has led to.

Tune in to 360° live streams of the film Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries on September 26, on the Big Astronomy YouTube Channel. 3pm ET/ 6pm PT

The ASP is introducing a new, six-module Online Astronomy Institute, The Universe in the Classroom covering classroom tested, inquiry-rich astronomy activities designed to engage students in investigations of space science phenomena.

On June 10th, ASP is encouraging staff to educate ourselves on how we as individuals and as an organization can do better to build and support a more equitable, just, and diverse astronomy community especially in support of Black lives, dreams, and hopes.

ASP 2019 Annual Report - released May 20, 2020.

Today, NASA announced they will name their next-generation space telescope, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Dr. Nancy Grace Roman.

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announces changes for its 2020 Annual Awards and Gala.

A new free program including a weekly Live Storytime, Astronomy @ Home will gradually include a Lecture Series, activities for families and kids ages 3-15.

A British American scientist, Burbidge was best known for her work on stellar nuclear synthesis and the origins of the chemical elements.

AstroBeat and a Special Offer to Friends of the ASP! For a limited time, get a *big discount* on an amazing new telescope while supporting the ASP's new on-line education programs at the same time!

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician who calculated the orbital parameters used to send Apollo astronauts to the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. She was 101.

Katherine Johnson received many honors and awards during the last five years of her amazing life, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom which she received from Barrack Obama in 2015.

Dr. Johnson was also the inaugural recipient of the ASP's Arthur B.C. Walker II Award recognizing outstanding achievement by an African American in both astronomy research and in promoting diversity and inclusion. She received the Walker award in her Virginia home in 2016.

As the NAACP stated this morning, "Katherine Johnson was an inspiration to generations of people, as she worked to break down both racial and gender barriers."

May her legacy live on in all those she inspired.

Famous physicist Carl Sagan once said that “we are all made of star-stuff.” The universe is full of exciting discoveries happening every day and you can be a part of it. If you want to explore our connection to the stars, dive into astronomy with your Girl Scouts! Whether your troop keeps up with every newly-discovered exoplanet or just likes to imagine alien civilizations, there are so many ways to connect with your inner astronaut, from the six new Girl Scout astronomy badges to STEM interest groups and more.

Tickets are now available for an evening of celebration for the ASP's 2019 Annual Awards, including the distinguished Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal. Each year we host a gala and ceremony to honor award recipients for their leadership in and advancement of astronomy and space science. Join us on November 9, 2019. Tickets are available online through November 3rd.

Free Public Event! The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is celebrating our 130th birthday with an astronomy-filled day on October 18, 2019 from 1pm - 10pm at San Francisco State University. Come and experience astronomy talks, planetarium shows, outdoor solar viewing, observatory viewing, and a birthday cake!

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