Fifteen astronomers and planetary scientists from the American Astronomical Society visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, to advocate for strong, sustained federal support of astronomy, planetary science, and heliophysics and of programs that the scientific community itself has prioritized by consensus.
After a two-year study, the American Astronomical Society has recommended more than a dozen steps that colleges and universities can take to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn graduate degrees in the astronomical sciences.
At the 234th AAS meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on 10 June 2019, the Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecture will be given by Alice Shapley (University of California, Los Angeles), who will explore one of the great challenges of modern cosmology: the formation and evolution of galaxies.
At its 233rd semiannual meeting in Seattle, Washington, AAS President Megan Donahue announced the recipients of the Society's 2019 prizes for outstanding achievements in scientific research, instrument development, and scholarly writing.
The AAS has created a visualization of the voyage of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond using the WorldWide Telescope “Universe Information System." It looks ahead to the New Year’s Eve/Day 2019 flyby of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule.
More than 30,000 celestial images that were all but lost to science are about to find their way back into researchers’ hands thanks to the efforts of thousands of citizen scientists participating in the Astronomy Rewind project on the Zooniverse website.
In partnership with several other professional associations of physical scientists, the American Astronomical Society has received funding from the National Science Foundation to strengthen US science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by broadening the participation of underrepresented groups.
The AAS is thrilled to announce that AAS Press Officer Dr. Richard Tresch Fienberg is being honored with NASA’s Exceptional Public Achievement Medal “for exceptional service to the nation in [his] tireless efforts for the public’s safe solar viewing of the 2017 total solar eclipse.”
The AAS and the American Geophysical Union have received a grant from The Kavli Foundation to advance exoplanet science through a joint steering committee, special sessions at both societies’ annual meetings, and topical conferences and workshops.
At the 233rd AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington, on 7 January 2019, the Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecture will be given by Greg Laughlin (Yale University), who will explore the implications of the discovery of 'Oumuamua, the first confirmed interstellar asteroid.