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Astronomy Beat

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Astronomy Beat is a monthly, on-line column written by “insiders” from the worlds of astronomy research and outreach.

Current issue: November 30, 2016

Wisdom, Compassion, and Telescopes: Teaching Astronomy  to Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Nuns

Linda Shore (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)

This month’s Astronomy Beat tells the tale of Linda Shore’s fourth pilgrimage to India to teach astronomy to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile as part of the Science for Monks program — a project growing out of the Dalai Lama’s lifelong love of science and his directive to Tibetan monastics to engage in science and initiate teachings to support new learning at the frontiers of science and Buddhism. The ASP became an affiliate organization for the Science for Monks project in 2015.

Please note: there will be no December Astronomy Beat. Instead, get ready for a special double issue in January reporting on the results of the ASP Annual Meeting.


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In 2014, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific celebrates its 125th anniversary year of communicating and educating about the universe around us. But back in 1889, the universe seemed a very different place–simpler, but perhaps no less mysterious. Jim Manning, departing executive director, takes a long moment to look the state of astronomy and the cosmos at the time of the Society’s founding, and how things have changed since then in the February 2014 issue of Astronomy Beat. Join him for a peek at the universe “125 years ago today.”

With our compliments, please enjoy the June 2013 issue of Astronomy Beat featuring Nancy Roman, an early pioneer in paving the way for female scientists at NASA. Among other accomplishments, and because of her tireless efforts in support of a space-based observatory, Nancy Roman is often considered the “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Download the following sample Astronomy Beat columns FREE to see what the series is like.

The Discovery of Pluto
by Clyde Tombaugh

The Discovery of the First Gravitational Lenses
by Ray Weymann

Origins of the Drake Equation
by Frank Drake and Dava Sobel

Stargazing Centaurs: The Astronomy of Harry Potter
by Kristine Larsen

And the Sun Stood Still: Dramatizing Copernicus
by Dava Sobel

How to Catch a Moon or Two of Pluto
by Mark R. Showalter