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Mercury magazine

Mercury - ASP Membership Magazine

2023 Volume 51, No.3 & 4
Cover Image: Courtesy of Romeo Durscher

Mercury is the quarterly membership publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. For decades, the magazine has brought stories about astronomy and astronomy education to the ASP members. The year of 2021 marks Volume 50 of this publication, a time when we're also exploring ways to bring this high-quality publication to a wider audience. 


The first issue of Mercury magazine appeared in January 1972 as a bimonthly popular journal to provide better public understanding of astronomy. It was intended to interpret the results of astronomical research for the nonspecialist and was filled with high-quality space news, opinions, guides and features to the Society's members. By 2007, Mercury magazine was offered in printed and digital form transitioning to all-digital a year later as the world turned digital. Visit the Mercury Archives to see the the table of contents for each digital issue.


Mercury magazine continues as a quarterly digital publication for ASP members and institutional subscribers. It now has a voice beyond its Members as we launch Mercury Online, featuring our recognized columnists, current space news, and more in a blog format. 

"I believe the wonder and awe of astronomy can be relatable and available to anyone: a glance at the Moon above, or watching for meteors from a dark site, or staring at the beautiful cosmic images our telescopes collect. I’m excited to share those wonders with you here at Mercury and Mercury Online." — Liz Kruesi, Editor, Mercury magazine and Mercury Online

Become an ASP Member and receive access to Mercury magazine as well as to a rich history of digital issues going back to 2007 and other exclusive membership benefits.

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