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ASP 128th Annual Meeting

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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) presents a Special STEM Outreach Conference:

Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse:
Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America

December 8-9, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri
Moonrise Hotel

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Child wearing eclipse glasses

Child using eclipse glasses to safely view a partial solar eclipse

With your meeting registration badge, you will have access to all program sessions, as well as the Wednesday evening Reception, the Thursday evening Dinner, and the scheduled refreshment breaks.

Lunch on Thursday and Friday will be on your own, but do know that there are a variety of dining options in and near the hotel, and we have allocated 90 minutes between the morning and afternoon sessions, so that attendees can network and enjoy time with colleagues over lunch. See Travel/Lodging/Dining.

Please note: The St. Louis airport does not have a professional relationship with Uber and we recommend leaving the airport to the Hotel via other transportation options. See Travel/Lodging/Dining.


The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is pleased to announce its 128th Annual Meeting, a special STEM outreach conference focused on preparations for the 2017 solar eclipse that will be visible across North America.

Join us December 8-9, 2016 at the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri for “Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America.”

The vast majority of the population in North America will experience a spectacular partial solar eclipse in their hometowns and could participate in eclipse events at venues such as schools, local parks, libraries, and other sites in their neighborhoods. This conference will concentrate on the task of ensuring broad participation in the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse, especially among diverse and underserved communities off the eclipse’s path of totality.

The goals of the conference are to (a) convene a mix of outreach-minded scientists, educators, and eclipse enthusiasts together with national STEM Leaders working in underserved communities interested in engaging youth in 2017 eclipse programs, (b) create a dialogue between the astronomy outreach community and STEM Leaders working with underserved audiences for the purposes of sharing successful eclipse outreach activities as well as best practices for working with underserved youth (c) provide STEM leaders with direct access to the astronomy expertise and resources they need to plan and implement successful eclipse programs for their communities, and (d) forge lasting partnerships and collaborations between STEM Leaders working in underserved communities and the astronomy education community.

Check-in begins Wednesday December 7, 2016 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Reception is Wednesday December 7, 2016 7:00 pm