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WorldWide Telescope Visualization Tracks New Horizons

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.

Astronomy Rewind Fast-Forwards to Reanimate "Zombie" Astrophotos

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.

AAS Joins National Effort to Achieve Educational Equity

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.

AAS Press Officer to Receive NASA Medal for Eclipse Outreach

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.”

AAS & AGU Awarded Grant to Advance Exoplanet Science

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.