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Archive for 2012

Black Holes: The End of Time or a New Beginning?

Dr. Roger BlandfordNovember 14, 2012

Dr. Roger Blandford (Kavli Institute, Stanford University)

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While black holes are popularly associated with death and doom, astrophysicists increasingly see them as creators, not destroyers — playing a major role in the formation and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets. Dr. Blandford (whose research interests include black holes, galaxies, and cosmology) summarizes why scientists now think that black holes of various sizes actually do exist, describes some of their strange properties, and explains their “environmental impact” on the universe at large.


NRAO Scientist Named Editor of PASP

Jeffrey Mangum, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been appointed Editor of the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP), a peer-reviewed scientific journal. More »


Finding the Next Earth: The Latest Results from Kepler

Dr. Natalie BatalhaOct. 17, 2012

Dr. Natalie Batalha (NASA Ames Res. Ctr.)

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Dr. Batalha (Mission Scientist for the Kepler Mission searching for exoplanets) describes the techniques used by the Kepler team to identify planets orbiting other stars and updates us on the remarkable progress they are making in the search for Earth-sized worlds. She discusses the planets already found and shares what we know so far about the thousands of candidate planets that are in the Kepler data.


The ASP Invites Nominations for 2013 Awards Recognizing Excellence in Astronomy

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is now accepting nominations for the organization’s 2013 awards which honor excellence in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach. More »


National Science Foundation Awards 2.5M Grant to Research Early Childhood Pathways to Astronomy

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) will spearhead a new $2.5M NSF funded research project entitled “My Sky Tonight” designed to foster a love of astronomy in preschoolers. More »


2011 ASP Annual Report

2011 Annual Report (pdf, 2 MB)


A Question and Answer Guide to Astronomy

Pierre-Yves Bely, Carol Christian, and Jean-Rene Roy
Cambridge 2010, ISBN: 978-0521180665, Paperback $28.99

Are we alone in the Universe? Was there anything before the Big Bang? Are there other universes? What are sunspots? What is a shooting star? Was there ever life on Mars? This book answers the fascinating questions that we have been asking ourselves for hundreds of years. Using non-technical language, the authors summarize current astronomical knowledge, taking care to include the important underlying scientific principles. Plentiful color illustrations, graphs and photographs lend further weight to their simple yet meticulously written explanations. An extensive bibliography allows you to pursue or recap on the subjects that rouse your particular interest. Dip in to discover and learn fascinating facts about our Solar System and the Universe beyond!


ASP 2013 Annual Meeting

The ASP is excited to announce the location for our 125th Annual Meeting in 2013: San Jose, CA! More »


Doomsday 2012 Video

We are pleased to share footage from one of the 2012 Annual Meeting highlight plenary sessions: “Doomsday 2012 and Cosmophobia – Challenges and Opportunities for Science Communication,” featuring: David Morrison, Kristine Larsen, Bryan Mendez, Mark Van Stone and Q&A. (With special thanks to NASA’s Brian Day and Ricky Guest.)


New ASP Annual Award

The ASP has just announced a new annual award — the Andrew Fraknoi Supporter’s Award in honor of 39 years of service and support to the ASP. More »