AAS Press Releases
Recent press releases issued by the American Astronomical Society. (If you're looking for press releases from other organizations, see Astronomy in the News.)
Conclusions from Satellite Constellations 2 Released
15 Oct 2021
A report from SATCON2 describes how a concerted, well-funded, collaborative effort is needed to address the ongoing transformation of the night sky.
AAS Joins Mentoring365 Program for Early Career Researchers
30 Sep 2021
The AAS has joined nine other organizations in a program focused on increasing student and early career researcher opportunities that may have been disrupted by COVID-19.
AAS Journals Will Switch to Open Access
1 Sep 2021
Research results in astronomy, solar physics, and planetary science are about to become more widely accessible to scientists and the public alike. The AAS journals will be fully open access as of 1 January 2022.
American Astronomical Society Acquires Willmann-Bell Books, Atlases, and Software
16 Aug 2021
The AAS is pleased to announce the acquisition of the remarkable inventory of books, star atlases, and software produced and sold by Willmann-Bell, Inc., founded in 1973 by Perry and Patricia Remaklus.
Press Conference to Follow Satellite Constellations 2 (SATCON2) Workshop
12 Jul 2021
On 16 July 2021 astronomers will discuss findings from SATCON2 at a virtual media briefing on minimizing the negative impacts of satellite constellations on astronomy and the night sky.
Susanna Kohler Promoted to Communications Manager & Press Officer
4 May 2021
As Communications Manager at the AAS, Susanna Kohler will continue to oversee AAS Nova, will succeed Rick Fienberg as Press Officer, and will play an expanded role in the Society's communications efforts.
2021 Pierce Prize Goes to Courtney Dressing
14 Apr 2021
Exoplanet researcher Courtney Dressing (University of California, Berkeley) will receive the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, rounding out the roster of AAS prize winners for 2021.
AAS Names Enrique López Rodríguez as Fred Kavli Plenary Lecturer for 238th Meeting
16 Mar 2021
At AAS 238 in June 2021, the Fred Kavli Plenary Lecture will be given by Enrique López Rodríguez on the role of magnetic fields in galaxies as revealed by the HAWC+ instrument on the SOFIA airborne observatory.
AAS Names Two More Prize Recipients for 2021
18 Feb 2021
The American Astronomical Society has named the latest recipients of its Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy and Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize, adding to the roster of 2021 AAS prize winners.
AAS Names 31 New Fellows for 2021
2 Feb 2021
The American Astronomical Society is honoring 31 members for extraordinary achievement and service by naming them AAS Fellows. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!
New Programs to Train Astronomy Graduate Students in Scientific Leadership
13 Jan 2021
Thanks to the National Osterbrock Leadership Program, graduate students in astronomy at Columbia University and the University of California, Irvine, will get real-world training in scientific leadership and management.
AAS Names Recipients of 2021 Awards & Prizes
12 Jan 2021
At its 237th semiannual meeting, held virtually in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AAS announced the recipients of its 2021 prizes for outstanding achievements in research and education.
AAS Joins Other Physics-Related Societies in Support of Open Access
15 Dec 2020
The AAS and 15 other major physics-related professional societies that publish peer-reviewed journals have joined forces to show their commitment to open access for physics research.
AAS Press Officer Richard Tresch Fienberg to Retire in September 2021
23 Nov 2020
Astronomer and science communicator Rick Fienberg has announced that he will retire as Press Officer of the American Astronomical Society effective 1 September 2021, the 12th anniversary of his start date in the job.
AAS to Suspend Its Press-Release-Forwarding Service
23 Oct 2020
The American Astronomical Society has decided to discontinue its press-release-forwarding service by year’s end. Launched more than 30 years ago, the service has become unsustainable.