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Press Kit, 233rd AAS Meeting, Seattle, WA, 6-10 January 2019

AAS 233 Logo5 January 2019 (updated 10 January 2019)

Contact:
Dr. Rick Fienberg
AAS Press Officer
+1 202-328-2010 x116; cell: +1 857-891-5649

Contents:

The "Super Bowl of Astronomy" — the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) —kicks off this weekend, but it won't be quite as super as usual in light of the partial shutdown of the US government. Nearly 3,200 scientists, students, exhibitors, science writers, and others have registered to attend the 233rd AAS meeting, 6-10 January 2019, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (social-media hashtag: #aas233). But an estimated ~15% of them won't be able to make it because their travel funding comes from NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, or other agencies affected by the shutdown. AAS Executive Officer Kevin B. Marvel describes the likely impact as "highly detrimental, but not devastating." Some scheduled events will be canceled, some presentations will not be given or will change format (e.g., from talk to iPoster), and some coauthors will substitute for scheduled presenters, but if all attendees can be flexible and understanding, the impact of the shutdown will be minimized. The show must go on!

The AAS offers complimentary press registration to bona fide working journalists and public-information officers (PIOs), as explained below.

Gathering with the AAS are its Historical Astronomy Division (HAD) and High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD). The HAD meeting gets under way on Sunday afternoon, 6 January, with a special session on NASA's Spitzer observatory. More HAD sessions on a variety of topics follow over the next few days. HEAD's sessions occur on Tuesday, 8 January, and two of them focus on anniversaries as well: the Chandra X-ray Observatory at 20 years and the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at 10.

Highlights of AAS 233 for press registrants include a workshop on media relations, a tour of the LIGO Hanford gravitational-wave observatory, and a press dinner hosted by the Northwest Science Writers Association. Note that the previously scheduled tours of the SOFIA airborne observatory will not occur, as SOFIA cannot fly to Seattle in light of the government shutdown.

Meeting links:

Important Preliminaries

All attendees at the meeting — including press registrants — are expected to follow our Guide to AAS Meeting Etiquette and Anti-Harassment Policy for AAS & Division Meetings & Activities. Your participation in the meeting is taken to signify your acknowledgment that you have read these guidelines/policies and your agreement to adhere to them. Accordingly, please read them before you come to Seattle and abide by them once you arrive.

AAS Meeting App & Guide

Our “Meetings by AAS” mobile app puts the entire conference program in your pocket and ensures that it’s always up to date. If you’re tired of carrying around a bulky program book, you’ll really appreciate having this app on your smartphone or tablet.

Meetings by AAS works on iOS and Android devices. Users of Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices, as well as users of laptop computers, can access the app via a Web browser.

QR Code for AAS Meetings AppFollow these steps to download the app for your iOS or Android device; if you already have the Meetings by AAS app on your mobile device, launch it and go straight to step 4:
  1. On your smartphone or tablet, visit the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and search for Meetings by AAS.
  2. Alternatively, use your QR reader to scan the QR code at right.
  3. Download, install, and open the app.
  4. iOS users: tap the "Download Guides" button; Android users: tap the downward-facing arrow to browse guides. Select the 233rd AAS Meeting guide.
  5. Alternatively, go to https://guidebook.com/g/233/ and follow the instructions you find there.

Press Registration & Badge Pickup

The AAS offers complimentary press registration to bona fide working journalists and PIOs, as described on our press-credentials page

Advance press registration is now closed; see our list of current press registrants. Upon arrival at the Washington State Convention Center, preregistered press should proceed to the AAS registration desk in the Atrium Lobby on Level 4. Please try to pick up your badge before the AAS Opening Reception, which begins at 7 pm Sunday evening in the Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel, which is across the street from the convention center.

Reporters and PIOs who need to register on-site should go to the AAS registration desk in the Atrium Lobby on Level 4 and ask for an on-site press-registration form. You'll be asked to take it to the AAS press office (see next section) to have the form authorized by the AAS Press Officer, after which you may return to the registration desk to print your badge.

Press Facilities

USRA LogoThe AAS will operate a press office in Room 309 on Level 3 at the Washington State Convention Center, with working space, telephone, photocopier, printer, power strips, and internet connectivity for reporters and PIOs. Thanks to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) for generously sponsoring the press office with morning coffee and afternoon refreshments for on-site press registrants!

Press Office Staff:

We will also have a press interview room, Suite A on Level 6, for use by press registrants; use the online sign-up sheet to reserve this room for use at specific dates and times. (Thanks to Nola Redd for suggesting that this signup sheet, which used to be taped to the door, be put online instead.)

Press Conference Schedule, Topics & Speakers

News briefings will be held each morning and afternoon, Monday, 7 January, through Thursday, 10 January, adjacent to the press office in Rooms 307/308, which will be equipped with a sound system, mult-box, and wireless internet connectivity.

Following is the press-conference program, which remains subject to change because the partial government shutdown has made it impossible to confirm everyone's participation. Briefings are scheduled as follows (all times are PST = UTC/GMT − 8 hours):

Briefing audio, slides, and video will be available live via webcast; online journalists will be able to ask questions of the presenters via text chat with an on-site press officer (see below).

In [square brackets] under the speakers’ names are the abstract or session numbers on which their presentations are based, where applicable. These link to the corresponding abstracts or sessions in the Web version of the mobile app.

All findings are embargoed until the time of presentation at the meeting. “Time of presentation” means the start time of the oral or poster session in which the paper will be given, or the start time of the corresponding press conference (if any), whichever comes first. See the complete AAS embargo policy for more information.

Note: All new discoveries are subject to confirmation by independent teams of scientists. Inclusion here does not imply endorsement by the American Astronomical Society. The AAS does not endorse individual scientific results.

Added 8 January 2019: Some presentation titles now link to the speakers' presentation files (PDF or PPT); additional links will be added as the week progresses. These files are provided for personal use only. If you wish to publish or otherwise reproduce any of the content in these files, you must obtain permission from the presenters — otherwise you may be in violation of copyright law. If you need help contacting a presenter, email AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg.

Monday, 7 January 2019, 10:15 am PST
Stars & Planets from SOFIA, Spitzer & Citizen Scientists

Disruption of Orion Molecular Core 1 by Massive Star Theta1 Ori C’s Stellar Wind
Alexander Tielens (Leiden University)
[466.04] | Press Release

Orion's Dragon | Videos
Joan Schmelz (SOFIA/USRA)

The Universal Presence of Nightside Clouds on Hot Jupiters
Thomas Beatty (University of Arizona)
[123.03]

A Small Transiting Planet Discovered by Citizen Scientists
Adina Feinstein (University of Chicago)
[467.04] | JPL Press Release | MIT Press Release

Spitzer Spots a Sixth Sub-Neptune in K2-138
Kevin Hardegree-Ullman (California Institute of Technology)
[164.07]

Monday, 7 January 2019, 2:15 pm PST
Early Science from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

Introduction & Overview
Thomas Barclay (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

A Status Report on the TESS Mission
George Ricker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
[140 / 202 / 423]

Early Science from TESS: Exoplanets
Xu Chelsea Huang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
[209.08] | NASA Press Release | MIT Press Release

Early Science from TESS: Transients
Michael Fausnaugh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
[202.08] | Press Release

An Update on the TESS Guest Investigator Program
Thomas Barclay (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 10:15 am PST
Mysteries of Planet Formation

The Eroding Disk of the Young M Star AU Microscopium
Carol A. Grady (Eureka Scientific)
[443.09] | Press Release

The Hot Jupiter Period-Mass Distribution as a Signature of In Situ Formation
Elizabeth Bailey (California Institute of Technology)
[124.01]

Exoplanet Masses Challenge the Core Accretion Theory of Planet Formation
Aparna Bhattacharya (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
[247.09] | Press Release

Microlensing Challenges the Core Accretion Runaway Growth Scenario for Gas Giants
David Bennett (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
[227.04] | Press Release

Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 2:15 pm PST
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey Keeps Going and Going

How Does SDSS Keep Going and Going? Past, Present & Future Plans
Karen Masters (Haverford College, SDSS-IV Spokesperson)

It’s Never Too Late to Be Active: APOGEE Chemical Abundances
of the Large Magellanic Cloud Reveal a Lazy Past and Active Present
David Nidever (Montana State University)
[316.02] | Press Release

Science in the Library: A New Library of Stellar Spectra
Renbin Yan (University of Kentucky)
[333.07] | SDSS Press Release | Portsmouth Press Release

Mining MaNGA for Mergers: Accurate Identification
of Galaxy Mergers with Imaging and Kinematics
Rebecca Nevin (University of Colorado)
[128.05D] | SDSS Press Release | Colorado Press Release

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 10:15 am PST
Things That Go Bump in the Night Sky

Early Science Results on Fast Radio Bursts from CHIME
Vicky Kaspi (McGill University) & Deborah Good (University of British Columbia)
[110.03] | Press Release

A Study of Radio Pulses from the Galactic Center Magnetar
Aaron Pearlman (California Institute of Technology)
[111.03] | Press Release

Mapping the Contracting Corona in a New Black Hole Transient with NICER
Erin Kara (University of Maryland)
[130.04] | Maryland Press Release | MIT Press Release

Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 2:15 pm PST
Black Holes and Galaxies Near & Far

A Gravitationally Lensed Quasar at the Epoch of Reionization
Xiaohui Fan (University of Arizona)
[431.06] | Arizona Press Release | Keck Press Release | ESA Press Release | STScI Press Release

Constraining Black Hole Spins Through Observations of Tidal Disruption Events
Dheeraj Pasham (MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research)
[239.07] | MIT Press Release | ESA Press Release | CXC Press Release

The X-ray Cavity Around a Hotspot in Cygnus A: A Bubble Inflated by a Jet
Amalya Johnson (Columbia University)
[243.16] | Press Release

PHANGS-ALMA: Physics at High Angular Resolution in Nearby Galaxies with ALMA
Erik Rosolowsky (University of Alberta)
[305.06 / 450.01] | Press Release

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 10:15 am PST
Exoplanets and Life Beyond Earth

Characterization of Extrasolar Planets with SCExAO/CHARIS on Subaru | Part I | Part II
Thayne Currie & Olivier Guyon (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan/Subaru)
[104.03 / 140.37 / 320.02D

A Search for Transiting Planets in NGC 6791
Benjamin Montet (University of Chicago)
[327.01]

Multiple Large Impacts Revealed by Variability in the Disk Around a Young Star
Kate Su (University of Arizona)
[447.01]

Can “Life Find a Way” on the Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard’s Star?
Edward Guinan (Villanova University)
[467.11] | Press Release

Thursday, 10 January 2019, 2:15 pm PST
Astronomers Have a Cow

The Extreme Transient AT2018cow: Supernova or Tidal Disruption Event?
Dan Perley (Liverpool John Moores University)
[335.05] | Press Release

Early Swift Observations of AT2018cow Suggest a Supernova Explosion
Liliana Rivera Sandoval (Texas Tech University)
[456.05] | Press Release

Swift Spectra of AT2018cow Suggest a White Dwarf Tidal Disruption Event
Amy Lien (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County)
[456.10] | JPL Press Release

AT2018cow: Millimeter-Wave Radio Observations Suggest a Supernova
Anna Ho (California Institute of Technology)
[456.01] | Caltech Press Release | NRAO Press Release

NuSTAR Sees an X-ray Source in AT2018cow: The Birth of a Compact Object
Raffaella Margutti (Northwestern University)
[456.09] | Keck Press Release | NOAO Press Release | Northwestern Press Release | ESA Press Release

Remote Access to Press Conferences

Journalists (and anyone else) unable to attend the meeting in person may tune in to our briefings streamed live on the Web. Since the webcast includes audio, video, and PowerPoint/Keynote slides, you must have a broadband (high-speed) Internet connection to watch and listen. Also, your Web browser must have the free Adobe Flash plug-in.

The webcast also includes a chat window whereby remote journalists (only) may ask questions. We can’t guarantee that all questions received from off-site reporters will be asked aloud — it depends on how much time we have and how many questions we’re getting from on-site reporters.

Press Conference Webcasts:

Instructions:

  • Press the Play () button in the video window to launch the webcast. The stream won’t be live until shortly before the briefing’s published start time.
  • You do not need a password to watch the webcast, but you do need a password if you want to ask questions. The password, which is the same for all the week’s briefings, is available only to bona fide journalists. Contact AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg in advance. If you wait till the last minute to request the password, you have little hope of receiving it in time.
  • Enter the password in the input box beneath the video window.
  • Press the Open Chat Window button. You’ll be asked to enter your name; please use your real first and last names, not a cutesy internet nickname. If we don’t recognize you, we won’t forward your questions to the briefing panelists.
  • You can resize the chat window and move it to any convenient position on your screen.
  • To ask a question, type it into the input box near the bottom of the chat window and click the Send button.
  • After the meeting, archived webcasts will be freely available (without a password) via our online archive.

Opening & Closing Receptions

Both of these events are open to all attendees and registered guests. Food is provided. Both receptions feature a cash bar.

Sunday, 7 January, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
AAS Opening Reception
Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel

Thursday, 10 January, 5:30 to 7:00 pm
AAS Closing Reception
Room 6AB, Washington State Convention Center

Prize Lectures & Invited Talks

Among the highlights of every AAS meeting are plenary lectures by recent AAS prize winners and other distinguished astronomers. Prize lectures and invited talks shine a spotlight on the most exciting areas of current astronomical research and feature insights from some of the sharpest minds working to deepen our understanding of the universe. Except where noted, all of the following presentations occur in Room 6E.

Monday, 7 January

8:00 am to 8:10 am
Welcome Address by the AAS President
Megan Donahue (Michigan State University)

8:10 am to 9:00 am
Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecture:
A Color Out of Space: 'Oumuamua's Brief & Mysterious Visit to the Solar System
Gregory Laughlin (Yale University) with Ka'iu Kimura ('Imiloa Astronomy Center)

11:40 am to 12:30 pm
Dannie Heineman Prize Lecture: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
Vicky Kalogera (Northwestern University)

3:40 pm to 4:30 pm
"Make No Small Plans" (George Ellery Hale, 1868–1938)
Marc Rothenberg (Past Chair, AAS Historical Astronomy Division)
[The original speaker, David DeVorkin, is unable to attend because of the shutdown.]

4:30 pm to 5:20 pm
Newton Lacy Pierce Prize Lecture: The Obscured Early Universe
Caitlin Casey (University of Texas at Austin)

Tuesday, 8 January

8:00 am to 8:10 am
Prize Presentations & Announcements by the AAS President
Megan Donahue (Michigan State University)

8:10 am to 9:00 am
Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize Lecture: One Large Galaxy with One Small Telescope
Julianne Dalcanton (University of Washington)

10:00 am to 10:45 am (Rooms 618/619)
HAD Osterbrock Book Prize Lecture:
Eclipses, Transits & Comets of the 19th Century: How America's Perception of the Skies Changed
Stella Cottam & Wayne Orchiston

11:40 am to 12:30 pm
Report from the AAS Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education
Alex Rudolph (Cal Poly Pomona) & Gibor Basri (University of California, Berkeley)

3:40 pm to 4:30 pm
RAS Gold Medal Lecture: Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe
Sir James Hough (University of Glasgow, Scotland)

4:30 pm to 5:20 pm
HEAD Bruno Rossi Prize: Cosmic Rumbles & Fireworks from Merging Neutron Stars
Colleen Wilson-Hodge (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)
[Another speaker may take Dr. Wilson-Hodge's place if necessitated by the shutdown.]

Wednesday, 9 January

8:10 am to 9:00 am
The Energetic Universe in Focus: 20 Years of Science with the Chandra X-ray Observatory
Ryan Hickox (Dartmouth College)

11:40 am to 12:30 pm
The Climates of Other Worlds:
Exoplanet Climatology as a Pathway to Accurate Assessments of Planetary Habitability
Aomawa Shields (University of California, Irvine)

3:40 pm to 4:30 pm
Annie Jump Cannon Award Lecture:
Tracing the Astrochemical Origins of Familiar and Exotic Planets
L. Ilsedore Cleeves (University of Virginia)

4:30 pm to 5:20 pm
Henry Norris Russell Lecture: The Limits of Cosmology
Joseph Silk (Johns Hopkins University, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris & Oxford University)

Thursday, 10 January

8:10 am to 9:00 am
The Era of Surveys and the Fifth Paradigm of Science
Alexander Szalay (Johns Hopkins University)

11:40 am to 12:30 pm
From Disks to Planets: Observing Planet Formation in Disks Around Young Stars
Catherine Espaillat (Boston University)

3:40 pm to 4:30 pm
From Data to Dialogue: Confronting the Challenge of Climate Change
Heidi Roop (University of Washington)

4:30 pm to 5:20 pm
Lancelot M. Berkeley − New York Community Trust Prize:
The XENON Project: At the Forefront of Dark Matter Direct Detection
Elena Aprile (Columbia University)

Town Halls

Town Halls enable federal agencies and national observatories to present policy information and solicit feedback from their user communities. They are held at midday and/or in the evening and provide excellent opportunities for journalists to ask questions of officials representing federal funding agencies and current and future national observatories. There are 14 Town Halls scheduled between Monday and Wednesday, but because of the partial government shutdown, we know that Monday afternoon's NASA Town Hall and Tuesday evening's James Webb Space Telescope Town Hall will not take place (there will be a Dept. of Energy Town Hall in NASA's slot, though). Rather than list the remaining dozen Town Halls here, we refer you to the online program (select "Show only: Town Hall") and mobile app (iOS/Android version | Web version; select "Program Tracks > Town Hall"), the latter of which, especially, will be updated with whatever additional cancellations or other changes occur.

Media Availability on the Thirty Meter Telescope

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has been given official permission to restart construction atop Maunakea, Hawaii, three years after protesters interrupted the project. On Monday evening, 7 January, at 7:30 pm in Room 4C-2, the US Extremely Large Telescope Program, which encompasses both the TMT and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) now under construction in Chile, will hold an open house for all meeting attendees. The next day, from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm in the press-conference room (307/308), representatives from the TMT International Observatory will be available on background to brief reporters on what a restart in Hawaii may look like and to answer questions. This will be a great opportunity to meet project officials and to arrange for more detailed one-on-one interviews. This session is for on-site reporters only and will not be webcast.

“Trends and Best Practices in Media Relations” Workshop

Attention all public-information officers: Join us on Sunday, 6 January, from 2:00 to 5:30 pm in the briefing room (307/308) for a workshop exploring how the evolving media landscape is changing the way observatories, universities, and research institutions promote and publicize their results, discoveries, and milestones.

Transformative research is more often a multi-institutional and multinational endeavor, raising questions about how collaborative or independent publicity should be. In light of this and the downward trend in science coverage by the major media, PIOs need to continually reassess how they publicize the research and milestones of their institutions. For example, many find great success by producing a wide array of news content for a single research result (including text, video, animation, and infographics) and publicize and promote their content independently. Others forgo traditional press releases and simply promote their own research on their websites and through social media.

To help understand and respond to these trends, two small panels of outreach and communication experts will provide insights into the emerging trends and best practices in media relations — in science generally and in astronomy specifically. This workshop will include individual presentations, panel discussions, and guided discussions among attendees. The outcome, we hope, will be a series of recommendations that institutions can use to better package and disseminate their research results to the broadest audience by building an appreciation for the latest tools and approaches in media relations.

Confirmed panelists include Alison Klesman (Astronomy), Alan Boyle (GeekWire), James Urton (University of Washington), and Ray Villard (Space Telescope Science Institute). The workshop is sponsored by the AAS Press Office and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Education and Public Outreach Department; it is organized by NRAO PIO Charles Blue. There will be cookies.

Capacity is limited to 30; sign up at http://bit.ly/2RULrx6

Note: This workshop is designed for PIOs, but as of 4 January we have not reached capacity, so we invite other press registrants interested in the topic to sign up as well.

Press Tours to SOFIA Canceled

As noted above, tours to NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a 2.5-meter telescope mounted in a Boeing 747SP aircraft, have been canceled. In light of the partial government shutdown, the observatory will not be able to visit Boeing Field (officially King County International Airport) in Seattle as originally planned.

Press Tour to LIGO Hanford

The Seattle meeting will feature several plenary lectures and numerous other presentations on gravitational-wave astronomy. We’ve arranged a behind-the-scenes press tour to the Hanford, Washington, site of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) on Friday, 11 January, the day after the meeting ends. Our tour guide will be lead detection scientist Keita Kawabe (Caltech). Since LIGO will likely still be offline for upgrades at that time, we should be able to see things that would be off limits if the detector were operating.

AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg plans to rent a van to transport the group. We’ll depart Seattle after breakfast on Friday morning, stop for a quick lunch en route, then arrive for our tour in the early afternoon. After spending about two hours at LIGO Hanford, we’ll return to Seattle in the late afternoon. If you wish to join this tour and are not local to the Seattle area, please plan to travel home no earlier than Friday night, 11 January; Saturday morning, 12 January, would be a safer bet.

Sign up for the LIGO Hanford tour at http://bit.ly/2K5PAvh

Press Receptions

Some meetings we have no press receptions. Others we have one or two. At AAS 233 in Seattle, we’ll have three! They’ll occur at 5:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the press-conference room (307/308) and feature drinks and hors d’oeuvres. At the first one, representatives from the American Institute of Physics will present science writing awards to David Baron for his book American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World and Wyatt Channell for his documentary “How the Universe Works: ‘Secret History of Pluto.’” On Tuesday the Chandra X-ray Center (CXC) will celebrate its namesake observatory’s 20th anniversary in space; director Belinda Wilkes (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) will be on hand to answer your questions about the mission’s past achievements and future directions. The next afternoon we’ll be joined by staff members from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, who enjoyed last year’s press reception so much they’ve decided to hold another one.

Press Dinner/Party with the Northwest Science Writers Association

The Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA) is holding their annual dinner party and meeting from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Thursday evening, 10 January, and all AAS 233 press registrants are invited! (This will be in lieu of a separate press dinner.) The venue is the late Paul Allen’s Living Computers Museum + Labs, about 3 miles south of the Convention Center and chock full of fun interactive exhibits.

Cost: $40 for NSWA members, or $45 for nonmembers. Capacity is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. Your ticket includes free admission to all three levels of this unique and hugely entertaining museum (a $16 value), plus catered appetizers, a dessert buffet, and an open bar.

Sign up at https://nswa.wildapricot.org/event-3129479/Registration

For more details, including transit options, see the event page on NSWA's website.

Public Event: An Evening of Symphonic and Cinematic Astronomy

On Monday evening, 7 January, the AAS welcomes the public to a free presentation of spectacular astronomy visuals set to captivating music. The event, to be held in Room 6E of the Washington State Convention Center, will feature the West Coast premiere of the film Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of Our Universe. Composer Eric Whitacre's Hubble-inspired symphony, Deep Field, comes to life onscreen with NASA images and scientific visualizations. The film also features an 8,000-member virtual choir of singers from around the globe. Additionally, the program includes a curated selection of shorter celestial and aural delights from astronomers and artists. In addition, members of the International Association of Astronomical Artists will show off some of their beautiful science-inspired space art. Doors open at 7:00 pm to give attendees plenty of time to enjoy the art show before the film screening, which runs from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The event is sponsored by the AAS, Music Productions, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and NASA's Universe of Learning. 

AAS on Twitter

During the meeting, AAS Press Officer Rick Fienberg will post announcements of interest to reporters on Twitter at @AAS_Press. Other AAS Twitter handles include @AAS_Office, @AAS_Policy, @AAS_Publishing, and @AASNova. Journalists (and scientists) tweeting from the meeting are encouraged to use the hashtag #aas233.

AAS Press-Release-Distribution Service

If you don't already receive astronomy-related press releases forwarded by email from the AAS Press Office, you should sign up now to guarantee that you receive future meeting advisories as well as electronic copies of all press releases issued during the meeting. To sign up for the AAS press-release-distribution service, for which there is no charge, please fill out and submit the form you'll find linked from our Join the AAS Press List page. With few exceptions, only accredited journalists and PIOs are eligible to receive press releases forwarded by the AAS, as described on our press-credentials page.

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