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2017 ASP Awards Gala

October 28, 2017

Embassy Suites
Burlingame, California

An evening with the ASP annual award recipients, recognizing their exceptional achievement in astronomy research, public outreach, and education


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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series

November 8, 2017 at 7 pm 
Dr. Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Kepler Project will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on A Planet for Goldilocks: Searching for Earth 2.0 Among the Stars.
Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College
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Foothill College is just off the El Monte Road exit from Freeway 280 in Los Altos.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

  • The Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • The SETI Institute
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • The Foothill College Astronomy Program

We get large crowds for these talks, so we ask people to try to arrive a little bit early to find parking. The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

ASP 129th Annual Meeting

December 5-8, 2017

Moonrise Hotel
St. Louis, Missouri

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From Pinholes to the Hubble Space Telescope: How Telescopes Work

Explore what pinhole viewers and giant telescopes have in common through using lenses to construct a basic model of a telescope.

While most people have a basic idea of how lenses work, they frequently don’t know how telescopes use lenses and mirrors together to organize light to form images of distant objects. The behavior of light is examined with a pinhole projector and lenses of differing focal lengths. An exploration of the properties of both light and lenses will help develop a more complete understanding through constructing a simple telescope. Participants will receive a set of 24 Galileoscopes.

Saturday, December 9, 2017
9:00am – 12:30pm

Challenger Learning Center St. Louis
205 Brotherton Lane
St. Louis, MO 63135

  • Free parking on-site
  • About 1 mile north of UMSL, off South Florissant Rd.
  • Main phone: 314.521.6205

Who: Educators in both formal and informal settings

Registration: $10.00 includes a mini-kit of materials. Register here.

For more information, contact:
Don Ficken (
Brian Kruse (

This workshop is supported in part through a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

A Free Workshop for Early-Career Astronomers Who Want to Do Better Outreach to Students & the Public

Sunday, January 7 through Monday, January 8, 2018

This workshop is in conjunction with the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, MD, near Washington, DC.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is sponsoring a skill-building workshop – and an ongoing community – to support early-career astronomers in doing effective outreach to schools, families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Pacific Science Center, and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its sixth year) offers you two days of hands-on training, extensive resources, and pre-tested activities – plus a like-minded group of peers.

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