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ASP Annual Meeting

Save The Date: October 10, 2015

Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s

Part of the 127th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Daytime telescope viewing

Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA

Three amazing events

Download the flyer (PDF)

View the program schedule
(program subject to change)

Universe 2015 (10am to 5pm)

Kids wearing astronaut helmets they made

Attend a full-day family astronomy festival, Universe 2015, held at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, CA. The cost of admission is the regular entry fee for the Center: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $14 for youth ages 3-12. Children under 3 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or at the door the day of the event.


  • Public lectures by noted astronomers in Chabot’s MegaDome Theater: Mark Showalter on Pluto, Natalie Batalha on exoplanets, David Morrison on asteroid impacts, and Gibor Basri on what defines a planet these days, moderated by Andrew Fraknoi.
  • Hourly planetarium shows at no extra cost.
  • Children’s Discovery Lab with scheduled activities designed for pre-school and early learners.
  • “Hobbyists Room” showcasing amateur astronomy projects and activities.
  • Astronomy activities and presentations designed for families
  • Discussions with professional & amateur astronomers in the outdoor amphitheater.
  • Evening observing through the large Chabot telescopes at no additional cost.
  • Exhibits, a telescope raffle, and information tables

Come early to get (free) tickets to lectures and shows; all programs are first come, first served.

Woman doing astronomy activity

The ASP Annual Awards Ceremony (5:30pm to 7:00pm)

This event is FREE with a suggested donation of $20 to help support the ASP’s programs. See the 2015 award recipients receive their honors, including:

The Ceremony includes a lecture by Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell showcasing the best Astronomy Pictures of the Day on the huge Megadome screen!

Register for the Awards Ceremony here.

The ASP Awards Dinner (7:00pm to 9:30pm)

Come meet the honorees, distinguished members of the astronomy community, the ASP Board of Directors, and ASP staff. This year’s ASP Awards Banquet will feature a delicious gourmet buffet-style dinner in celebration of the 2015 award recipients. The buffet will include seafood paella, vegetable paella, dim sum, a pasta station, a meat carving station, assorted desserts, wine, and beer. Goody bags with gifts will be given to all attendees, and the Chabot telescopes will be open for viewing during the event. Cost $100 for ASP Members; $125 for non-members. Dinner attendees also receive VIP seating at the Awards Ceremony.

Purchase tickets for the Awards Dinner here.