AAS Press Releases
The 21 August 2017 solar eclipse is much more than a scientific bonanza — it’s an opportunity for ordinary people from all walks of life to experience what is arguably nature’s most awesome spectacle.
On 21-22 March 2017, 16 members of the American Astronomical Society headed to Capitol Hill for AAS Congressional Visits Day (CVD) to get firsthand experience advocating for science.
The AAS has joined with more than 100 other scientific organizations across all disciplines to become an official partner of the March for Science scheduled for Saturday, 22 April, in Washington, DC, and more than 400 other cities across the world.
A new citizen-science project involving the AAS journals will rescue tens of thousands of potentially valuable cosmic images that are mostly dead to science and bring them fully back to life.
Thirty-one outreach projects in 21 states are receiving mini-grants up to $5,000 from the AAS to prepare the public for this year’s most anticipated celestial spectacle: the first total eclipse of the Sun to touch the US mainland since 1979 and the first to span the continent since 1918.
The AAS has joined with other scientific and engineering societies to send a letter to President Donald Trump objecting to his January 27th executive order on visas and immigration, which will reduce US science and engineering output to the detriment of America and Americans.
At its 229th semiannual meeting last week in Grapevine, Texas, the AAS named the recipients of its 2017 prizes for outstanding achievements in research, instrument development, and education.
The AAS has launched a new website, eclipse.aas.org, to help prepare the country for next year’s most anticipated celestial spectacle: the first total eclipse of the Sun to touch the U.S. mainland since 1979 and the first to span the continent since 1918. And with NSF support we've unveiled a program of small grants to fund educational activities aimed at engaging the public with the eclipse.
The AAS Council has endorsed the vision statement that emerged from the inaugural Inclusive Astronomy conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2015.
Barely a month into her two-year term as AAS President, Christine Jones (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) was invited to testify to the US Congress on astronomy's contributions to science, technology, and education.