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AAS Press Releases

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.

09 Jan 2017 - Grants and Prizes: AAS

The AAS has launched a new website,, 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.

02 Dec 2016

The AAS Council has endorsed the vision statement that emerged from the inaugural Inclusive Astronomy conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2015.

28 Jul 2016

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.

13 Jul 2016 - Public Policy

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the AAS a grant of $450,000 to enable researchers to discover and cite scientific software, track its use and impact, and preserve it for reuse and posterity.

05 Jul 2016 - Publications

AAS Nova, a 10-month-old website featuring research highlights from the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), won “Best Health / Education News Site” at the Drum Online Media Awards on 7 June 2016. AAS Nova is a joint project of the AAS and IOP Publishing.

14 Jun 2016 - Grants and Prizes: External

At its 228th meeting now under way in San Diego, California, the American Astronomical Society announced that it will begin sponsoring Astrobites, the widely acclaimed daily blog, written by graduate students in astronomy, that summarizes one astro-ph preprint briefly each day in a format accessible to undergraduates.

13 Jun 2016 - Publications

Seventeen AAS members traveled to Washington, DC, on 16 March 2016 to thank members of Congress for supporting research and development in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus appropriations and to ask for continued support in FY 2017 and beyond.

22 Mar 2016 - Press

At its 227th semiannual meeting last week in Kissimmee, Florida, the AAS named the recipients of its 2016 prizes for outstanding achievements in research, instrument development, education, and service.

18 Jan 2016 - Grants and Prizes: AAS

The AAS deplores sexual harassment and expresses its unequivocal support for the people who risk their own professional status by speaking publicly in order to protect others from similar abuse.

16 Oct 2015 - Press