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The ASP often appears in articles sharing news about our publications, events, or programs. These links take you to the articles and share our exciting activities and accomplishments. 

ASP receives funding from NASA who recently awarded Funds Activating Science for America’s Learners to eight organizations

September 8, 2021 Astronomical Society Of The Pacific (ASP) is one of eight organizations from across the country awarded by NASA to bring agency science to learners of all ages, backgrounds, and communities. ASP's Vivian White, Principal Investigator for “Eclipse Ambassadors Prepare Communities Off the Path for Two Solar Eclipses”. Read more.

How to Develop a Girl Scout Growth Mindset by Vivian White, ASP

June 16, 2020 - NASA has made some of the most amazing advances in technology and is lauded as one of the most innovative organizations of our time. You might think that means that they don’t make many mistakes—when you’re shooting people into orbit on top of huge rockets, former NASA Flight Director Gene Krantz said it best: “Failure is not an option.” Read more of Vivian White's article from the Girl Scouts Trailhead

Free ‘Earth to Space’ conference to bring diverse views on astronomy to SF State Oct. 18

October 14, 2019 - If you could take a tour of our cosmic neighborhood, what would be on your itinerary? The massive geysers of the ice moon Enceladus? A lava channel on Venus longer than the Nile River? What about the 12-mile high Verona Rupes on Uranus’ moon, Miranda — the tallest cliff in the solar system? While these destinations may be out of reach, the astronomers who study them will be near at hand Oct. 18 for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s “Earth to Space” event at San Francisco State University. 

The day’s activities are free and open to the public and will feature a talk on the top “tourist attractions” of the solar system along with other space-focused educational talks and activities. The conference will also highlight the uncertain future of one particular planet: our own. 

“We want to bring the astronomical perspective to issues of climate change and the Earth,” said Professor of Physics and Astronomy Adrienne Cool, an event organizer. “Earth is a planet — it’s the only planet we’re ever going to have, actually.” Read the full article

Help Name an Exoplanet!

August 16, 2019 - In celebration of 100 years, the IAU is inviting astronomy enthusiast to help them name an exoplanet. ASP Board Member Derrick Pitts, and Chief Astronomer, from the Franklin Institute, along with ASP's Director of Free Choice Learning, Vivian White, are both on the Naming Committee for this unique opportunity! 

Revolutionary Space Telescope Using Earth as a Lens

August 14, 2019 - David Kipping, an Astronomer from Columbia University, recently had his new paper, accepted to the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP) putting forward a new idea for future telescopes—a "terrascope" positioned at a similar distance that the moon is from Earth. Kipping says placing a three-foot-wide telescope in an orbit about 220,000 miles from Earth could be as capable as a 500-foot telescope on the planet's surface. Read about his proposition and his conversation with Newsweek or his interview featured in Scientific American

SETI Institute Collaborates with Girl Scouts to Develop New Space Science Badges

July 17, 2019, Mountain View, CA -- Yesterday, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced the release of 42 new badges for girls in grades K–12 in outdoor adventure and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Among these new badges are the Space Science badges for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10), and Ambassadors (grades 11-12) which were developed as part of the SETI Institute’s Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts program (also known as Girl Scouts Stars). These badges follow the Space Science badges for Girl Scouts in grades K-5, which were released in 2018. Astronomical Society of the Pacific is a key subject matter expert partner for this project. 

MK Vainu Bappu: The Only Indian to Have a Comet & an Asteroid Named After Him

July 2, 2019 - The ASP's Comet Medal designed and named by Joseph A. Donohoe back in 1889, was awarded 250 times until it's discontinuation in 1950. One such recipient was MK Vainu Bappu, who on this day, July 2, 1949, was clicking pictures of the night sky and spotted a bright moving object. His professor, Bart Bok, and colleague Gordon Newkirk, confirmed the discovery and calculated the comet would reappear only after 60,000 years!

NASA has Space in all 50 States

July 1, 2019 - NASA's award-winning website Space Place has created a new interactive map of the United States that lets you find NASA connections in your state and beyond. The Night Sky Network, an ASP partnership with Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is one of those connectors, creating a coalition of amateur astronomy clubs and bringing local events to communities across the nation.