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ASP Introduces new subscription-based Mercury website magazine


Astronomical Society of the Pacific introduces new Mercury website magazine

An online magazine focusing on the various ways astronomy intersects with science, education, culture, history, and art.

San Francisco, California – January 11, 2024  The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) introduced Mercury magazine five decades ago as a benefit to its longstanding members. It launched as a print bi-monthly journal in January 1972 and eventually morphed into a quarterly digital publication to interpret the results of astronomical research for the members.

Mercury is still created by and published by the ASP and its mission remains the same, but the content and publication approach has further evolved. It is now available to any individual or institution who purchases a subscription. Mercury will feature stories of how and where astronomy intersects with society — education, scientific research, art, culture, and history. It is also now an interactive website with selected content available to anyone with internet access.  Subscribers can read all content, including our premium feature-length stories and columns from experts. Subscribers also help support the ASP's 135-year mission.

For more about Mercury's parent organization, see the ASP website. And for more about the magazine's first five decades, visit the ASP’s website About Mercury.

We hope you enjoy Mercury. If you have any feedback about our new format, comments about the types of content you'd like to read, or story pitches relating especially to astronomy art and culture, please email the Mercury Editor, Liz Kruesi, at