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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. 

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.