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From the Executive Office

As I write this column, I am preparing and packing for the long trip across the Pacific Ocean to the 28th International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly in Beijing, China. More than 500 US astronomers will be attending as well, more than a hundred of which had their travel enabled through support provided by a grant from the NSF and administered by the AAS as our International Travel Grant Program.

How does the AAS establish its public positions on matters of policy?

Fri, 2012-08-17 11:35 -- kevin.marvel

The Council of the AAS establishes formal positions of the AAS. Any member may suggest topics appropriate for development of a position and the appropriate committees will consider the issues and make a recommendation to the Council on the matter. The more recent official position statements of the AAS are available online.

The Bad Astronomer

By Michelle Thaller, / January 28, 2004

Pasadena, CA

Every January, professional astronomers converge on a medium-sized convention center for the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. This year, the good city of Atlanta (not so medium sized) was host to this event, and seeing as I had gone to graduate school in Atlanta, I was looking forward not only to catching up on all the cutting-edge astronomy that would be presented at the convention, but also to re-connecting with old friends.

GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaigns

GLOBE at NightGLOBE at Night, now in its 6th year, encourages astronomers and citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky to help create a global map of light pollution. During two weeks of moonless evenings, observers compare the appearance of a constellation (Orion in February/March and Leo or Crux in March/April) with the view depicted on seven charts showing progressively fainter stars. They then go online to report their date, time, location, and the number of the chart that best matches their view of the constellation. New this year: Observers with smart phones or tablets can submit their measurements from the field in real time!