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Each month as part of this series from HAD, an important discovery or memorable event in the history of astronomy will be highlighted. This month, we look the comet first seen by Maria Mitchell in 1847.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are invited for new members of the Executive Committee of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG). Terms are three years. Deadline: 7 October 2016.

Please consider signing up for an Oral History Project interview at an upcoming AAS or Division meeting, and take a short survey to help HAD determine whether or not to collect interviews at next summer meeting in Austin.

Renew your AAS membership online before Monday, 26 September, to save yourself some time and avoid receiving a snail mail reminder.

It's not too early to start thinking about the next AAS summer meeting in Austin, Texas, 4–8 June 2017. Proposals for Special Sessions, Town Halls, Meetings-in-a-Meeting, and Workshops are now being accepted.

The early registration deadline for the 229th AAS meeting is Thursday, 29 September, and abstracts are due by 9:00 pm ET on Tuesday, 4 October.