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Mercury magazine

Mercury Archives

The first issue of Mercury Magazine appeared in January 1972 as a bimonthly popular journal for ASP Members providing a better public understanding of astronomy. Between 2007 - 2023, Mercury magazine was offered in printed and digital form. The ASP introduced the new Mercury in January of 2024 as a subscription based online magazine open to all individuals and institutions.

Accessing Mercury Magazine

Published since 1972, Mercury Magazine (print and digital) was published four times a year for ASP Members and Institutional Subscribers. The Mercury Archives offer a table of contents for each of the digital issues between 2007 and 2023. Beginning in January 2024, only those with ASP Legacy Memberships will have access to this archive of digital pdf magazines, until their membership is up for renewal to become an ASP Partner or ASP Supporter.

The digital library archive will no longer be available starting February 2025. The articles of most interest will have been repurposed onto the new Mercury online magazine.

ASP Legacy Members* can still Log In to access all full digital issues from 2007 - 2023 through the MyASP Portal. 

*Institutional Mercury Subscriptions and Individual Mercury Subscriptions can access the new Mercury online magazine here.


We now have an index of the entire collection of print and digital Mercury volumes from 1972-2019. This index, organized by subject matter, only covers the longer articles and omits news notes, regular columns, Society doings, etc. Within each subject category, articles are listed in chronological order starting with the most recent one. If you are the owner of the full collection, or if you are researching through a library with the full collection, we hope you find this index of great assistance.

Table of Contents Listings

Please note there are no links to articles as an ASP Legacy Membership is required. Institutional Mercury Subscriptions will no longer have access to the digital archives beginning December 25, 2023.