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The Bad Astronomer

By Michelle Thaller, / January 28, 2004

Pasadena, CA

Every January, professional astronomers converge on a medium-sized convention center for the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. This year, the good city of Atlanta (not so medium sized) was host to this event, and seeing as I had gone to graduate school in Atlanta, I was looking forward not only to catching up on all the cutting-edge astronomy that would be presented at the convention, but also to re-connecting with old friends.

GLOBE at Night 2011 Campaigns

GLOBE at NightGLOBE at Night, now in its 6th year, encourages astronomers and citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of the night sky to help create a global map of light pollution. During two weeks of moonless evenings, observers compare the appearance of a constellation (Orion in February/March and Leo or Crux in March/April) with the view depicted on seven charts showing progressively fainter stars. They then go online to report their date, time, location, and the number of the chart that best matches their view of the constellation. New this year: Observers with smart phones or tablets can submit their measurements from the field in real time!

Strategic Plan

September 7, 2010

The purpose of this document is to describe and prioritize the Society’s activities, including the work of the Executive Office and the Society governance.

The goals and priorities will be regularly reviewed and updated by Council.

AAS Ethics Statement

As a professional society, the AAS must provide an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that environment, the AAS is committed to the philosophy of equality. All functions of the Society must be conducted in a professional atmosphere in which all participants are treated with courtesy and respect.

Authors, editors and referees should also be aware of the professional and ethical standards that have been adopted for the AAS journals.

Stephen P. Maran

Dr. Stephen P. Maran, a senior advisor with the American Astronomical Society, is an astronomer and author with long experience in the Space Program. The author or editor of twelve books and of over 100 popular articles on astronomy and space exploration, and many more scientific publications, he retired from NASA on October 1, 2004 after more than 35 years with the agency.  On August 31, 2009, he retired after 25 years (most of them overlapping with NASA service) as Press Officer of the Society.