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Public Outreach Tag Definition: Relates to Public Outreach and the AAS mission to communicate and explain our understanding of the universe to the public.


The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors Program

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), members of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE), and other organizations active in science education and public outreach (EPO), is creating a new program for young astronomers just starting their careers. The project involves a series of professional-development workshops and a community of practice designed to help improve participants’ communication skills and effectiveness in doing outreach to students and the public. Called Astronomy Ambassadors, this new program will provide mentoring and training experiences for new members of our profession, from advanced undergraduates to postdocs and new faculty, providing access to resources and a network of contacts within the astronomy EPO community.

US Solar Eclipse 2017

The eclipse of 21 August 2017 will be a rare event, as the shadow band will traverse the United States in 90 minutes, providing excellent opportunities across the Nation to undertake observations and substantial public outreach activities.

The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureships in Astronomy

The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society is a program of two day visits by professional astronomers who bring the excitement of modern astronomy and astrophysics to colleges of all types. Participation is open to two-year colleges and four-year undergraduate institutions throughout North America including Canada and Mexico, and, especially institutions that do not offer an astronomical degree.

An Ancient Universe

An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time

The booklet, An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time, is a guide for teachers, students, and the public.

The booklet was written by a subcommittee of the American Astronomical Society's Astronomy Education Board and was published in 2004 by the American Astronomical Society with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

The Process of Science

The booklet, The Process of Science: and its Interaction with Non-Scientific Ideas, is a guide for Teachers, Students and the Public.

The booklet was written by Matt Bobrowsky for the American Astronomical Society and was published in 2007 by the American Astronomical Society.

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