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229th AAS Meeting Schedule & Plenary Speakers

The AAS 229 mobile app is now available — create your schedule in the app to keep it handy! (Please note: Schedules created using the online version will not transfer to the app.)

Download the Block Schedule    (Updated 15 December)

Download PDF of Abstracts

Visit the Exhibit Hall


Tuesday, 3 January

  • Undergraduate Orientation: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Opening Reception: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, 4 January

  • Career Networking and Job Fair: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Film Viewing: STARMEN: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, 5 January

  • Open Mic Night: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, 7 January

  • Closing Reception: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Plenary Speakers

Martin Aubé
Cégep de Sherbrooke
"The LED Outdoor Lighting Revolution: Opportunities, Threats and Mitigation"

William Bottke
Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecture– Early Solar System Bombardment: Exploring the Echos of Planetary Migration and Lost Ice Giants

Niel Brandt
Penn. State University
HEAD Bruno Rossi Prize Lecture: "A Good Hard Look at Growing Supermassive Black Holes in the Distant Universe"

Sean Carroll
"What We Don't Know About the Beginning of the Universe"

Megan Donahue
Michigan State University
"How Supermassive Black Hole Feedback Might Work"

Laura Fissel
Northwestern University
"​Astronomy from the Upper Stratosphere: Key Discoveries and New Opportunities from High Altitude Scientific Balloons"

Terry Forbes
University of New Hampshire
SPD George Ellery Hale Prize Lecture: "Magnetic Energy Release in Solar Flares"

Wendy Freedman
University of Chicago
Dannie Heineman Prize Lecture: "Increasing Accuracy and Increasing Tension in Ho"

Philip Hopkins
Helen B. Warner Prize Lecture: "Feedback: Now With Physics"

Garth Illingworth
UC Santa Cruz
Berkeley Prize Lecture: "Exploring for Galaxies in the First Billion Years with Hubble and Spitzer – Pathfinding for JWST"

Laura Lopez
Ohio State
Annie Jump Cannon Award Lecture: "The Tumultuous Lives and Deaths of Stars"

Christopher McKee
UC Berkeley
Henry Norris Russell Lecture: "How Stars Form"

Karin Öberg
Harvard-Smithsonian CfA
Newton Lacy Pierce Prize Lecture: "The Chemistry of Planet Formation"

Jill Tarter
SETI Institute
"The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond"

Alex Young
"The 2017 Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA"