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Celebrating 135 years! Preparing Communities for an Awe-inspiring Celestial Event

Astronomy Across the Spectrum: Education & Outreach Everywhere, All at Once
August 22-24
Registration Open!
Abstracts Now Due June 20th

For the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Monday’s solar eclipse is like Christmas, Outside Lands and the Olympics all rolled into one.

The 135-year-old organization housed in an unassuming building on Ingleside’s Ocean Avenue has been preparing for this for three years: arranging a star speaking lineup, ordering merch, dispatching news alerts and snapping up plane tickets.

“These are wondrous events,” said Astronomical Society educator Shanil Virani, “and a way of connecting with our shared cultural heritage and the sense of wonder our ancestors had.”

We're counting down to the total solar eclipse. All of Mercury's eclipse content is freely available.

The new Mercury online magazine focuses on the various ways astronomy intersects with science, education, culture, history, and art.

Dr. Marcia Rieke, principal investigator for the Near-Infrared Camera on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s (ASP) 2023 recipient of its most prestigious award. ASP’s Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal honors Rieke, a Regents Professor of astronomy and Elizabeth Roemer Endowed Chair, Steward Observatory, at the University of Arizona. Rieke’s award and achievements were recognized at the ASP Awards Gala on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Redwood City, California.

DeVore, former Director of Education and Public Outreach and CEO for the SETI Institute is honored by the ASP for her decades of support and dedication to the ASP’s mission

The ASP will be honoring our 2023 award recipients in person at our Annual Gala on November 11, 2023 at the Grand Bay Hotel San Francisco, Redwood City, CA

The ASP announces the recipients of its 2023 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education, including the Catherine Bruce Gold Medal.

American Astronomical Society (AAS) presents 2023 Education Prize to Linda Shore, CEO of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Presented by AAS President Kelsey Johnson(left).

Join us for a day of Virtual Talks and Panels Celebrating Upcoming Awe-Inspiring Events

Solar Eclipses to Space Telescopes: Communicating Science to Students and the Public

The ASP will be honoring our award recipients in person at our Annual Gala on November 19, 2022 in Burlingame, CA

The ASP announces the launch of the NASA-funded program “Eclipse Ambassadors Off the Path.” Undergraduate students and amateur astronomers are invited to become Eclipse Ambassadors and help prepare their communities for a pair of exciting celestial events!

Don't miss out on this special one day virtual event on Exploring Science Communication and Public Engagement.

Read More for symposium and registration details with a link to register! Early Bird Registration ends July 15, 8:59pm PT

Please join us for our first public offering of the course - Confidence & Curiosity: Engaging Girls in Informal Science July 25 - August 12

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.

Bring astronomy to communities across the globe

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.