The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~7,000) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the Universe. Read the full mission statement.

Tour John Huchra’s Universe with WorldWide Telescope

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John Huchra Photo

When astronomer John P. Huchra passed away in October 2010, his friends and colleagues at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), where he was an esteemed professor, and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), where he was past-president, sought a way to honor his research and teaching legacies. One way has been the creation of a new interactive WorldWide Telescope (WWT) tour, “John Huchra’s Universe,” which was unveiled at the 217th AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington, on January 11, 2011, and is now available online. WWT is a free and very powerful interactive astronomy program from Microsoft Research.

Enhancing Views of the Universe

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Renew Your 2011 Membership Online

Contribute Online

During the 2011 renewal period, the AAS asks you to give a new generation of students their first look through a telescope. In partnership with the Galileoscope project, we are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to inspire children by connecting them with the Universe. When you donate $150 or more to the General Fund, the AAS will provide a free Galileoscope to a school or other educational organization of your choosing.

If you donate $250 to any AAS program, you will have access to the Donors Lounge at the winter and summer meeting. Members who donate $50 or more will receive an invitation to our 3rd Annual Donor's Reception at the winter meeting; and as a special incentive, the first 50 people who donate $100 or more to any category will receive a Galileoscope of their own.

218th AAS Meeting — Boston, MA

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AAS 218th logo

22-26 May, 2011

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

 

AAS Annual Report Available

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The AAS Annual Report for 2009 is now available as a downloadable PDF file. Learn about the Society's activities and finances in this concise, clearly written, nicely illustrated publication.

Special Decadal Survey Town Hall Notice - Updated 14 Oct

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To foster community understanding of and support for the recommendations of the Astro 2010 Decadal Survey, "New Worlds, New Horizons," the AAS has coordinated a series of Town Halls with regional hosts so that a Decadal Survey member can present the results in a forum that enables questions and discussion at the individual level.

The first Town Hall took place on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 1:00 pm at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC. The local host was Alan Boss (boss@dtm.ciw.edu; 202-478-8820) and the presenting Decadal Survey member was Scott Tremaine from Princeton University. Directions to DTM.

If you are viewing this from the main AAS page be sure to click "Read More" to see the list and more details about each town hall.

AAS Endorses Astro2010 Decadal Survey

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The AAS Council adopted a Resolution on the 2010 Decadal Survey Report on August 13, 2010:

"The American Astronomical Society enthusiastically endorses the Astro2010 Decadal Survey: New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Given recent advances in technology and understanding, this is a time of extraordinary opportunity for research in astronomy and astrophysics. This report is based on a comprehensive community-driven process, and presents exciting yet realistic recommendations for the next decade. The AAS urges the astronomical community to support the report and its priorities."

The Astro2010 report, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, was publically released in pre-publication form on August 13, 2010, via the National Academies Press website and an eTownHall webcast live from the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC. The webcast featured a summary of the report and its recommendations from chair Roger Blandford (Stanford University) followed by a brief question-and-answer session. It is available as an archived flash video linked from the main Astro2010 website; also available is a PDF of Blandford's presentation slides.

An informational e-mail with more details has been sent to AAS members.

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