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.)
Astronomers Discuss Science with Congress During Annual Visits Day
29 Mar 2017
On 21-22 March 2017, 16 members of the American Astronomical Society headed to Capitol Hill for AAS Congressional Visits Day (CVD) to get firsthand experience advocating for science.
American Astronomical Society Joins March for Science
27 Mar 2017
The AAS has joined with more than 100 other scientific organizations across all disciplines to become an official partner of the March for Science scheduled for Saturday, 22 April, in Washington, DC, and more than 400...
With Astronomy Rewind, Citizen Scientists Bring Zombie Astrophotos Back to Life
22 Mar 2017
A new citizen-science project involving the AAS journals will rescue tens of thousands of potentially valuable cosmic images that are mostly dead to science and bring them fully back to life.
AAS Awards 31 Mini-Grants for August 2017 Solar Eclipse
14 Mar 2017
Thirty-one outreach projects in 21 states are receiving mini-grants up to $5,000 from the AAS to prepare the public for this year’s most anticipated celestial spectacle: the first total eclipse of the Sun to touch the US...
AAS Urges President to Rescind Order on Visas & Immigration
31 Jan 2017
The AAS has joined with other scientific and engineering societies to send a letter to President Donald Trump objecting to his January 27th executive order on visas and immigration, which will reduce US science and...
AAS Announces 2017 Award Recipients
9 Jan 2017
At its 229th semiannual meeting last week in Grapevine, Texas, the AAS named the recipients of its 2017 prizes for outstanding achievements in research, instrument development, and education.
AAS Launches Solar Eclipse Website & Mini-Grants Program
2 Dec 2016
The AAS has launched a new website, eclipse.aas.org, to help prepare the country for next year’s most anticipated celestial spectacle: the first total eclipse of the Sun to touch the U.S. mainland since 1979 and the...
AAS Endorses Vision Statement for Inclusive Astronomy
28 Jul 2016
The AAS Council has endorsed the vision statement that emerged from the inaugural Inclusive Astronomy conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2015.
AAS President Testifies to Congress on Why Astronomy Matters
13 Jul 2016
Barely a month into her two-year term as AAS President, Christine Jones (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory) was invited to testify to the US Congress on astronomy's contributions to science, technology, and education...
AAS Receives Sloan Foundation Grant to Advance Scientific Software
5 Jul 2016
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the AAS a grant of $450,000 to enable researchers to discover and cite scientific software, track its use and impact, and preserve it for reuse and posterity.
AAS Nova Wins Online Media Award
14 Jun 2016
AAS Nova, a 10-month-old website featuring research highlights from the Astronomical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), won “Best Health / Education News Site” at the Drum Online Media Awards on 7 June 2016....
American Astronomical Society Partners with Astrobites
13 Jun 2016
At its 228th meeting now under way in San Diego, California, the American Astronomical Society announced that it will begin sponsoring Astrobites, the widely acclaimed daily blog, written by graduate students in...
US Astronomers Discuss Importance of Federal Investment in Science with Congress
22 Mar 2016
Seventeen AAS members traveled to Washington, DC, on 16 March 2016 to thank members of Congress for supporting research and development in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus appropriations and to ask for continued support in...
AAS Assumes Leadership of WorldWide Telescope
16 Jan 2016
Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT), a scriptable, interactive, open-source “universe information system” for exploring the multiwavelength sky, has a new institutional home: the American Astronomical Society.
AAS Announces 2016 Award Recipients
15 Jan 2016
At its 227th semiannual meeting last week in Kissimmee, Florida, the AAS named the recipients of its 2016 prizes for outstanding achievements in research, instrument development, education, and service.