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Events & Lectures


ASP Annual Awards Gala


Each year, the ASP recognizes the exceptional achievement in astronomy research, public outreach, and education at the Annual Awards Gala and presentation. The 2018 Awards Gala was held on November 10, 2018, in Burlingame, CA.

2018 Awards Gala Photo Gallery

2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal recipient

Read About the 2018 ASP Award recipients


Annual Meetings


We are proud to continue our great tradition of the ASP, and invite you to review past Annual Meetings here and sign up for future meetings by joining our mailing list!

ASP2018: Advancing Astronomy for All – ASP’s 130th Annual Meeting was held September 10 – 13, 2018, in the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country for 3 days of workshops, panels, oral sessions, and poster sessions. View photos from the meeting.




San Franciso Bay Area

Silicon Valley Lecture Series


Founded in 1999, the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are presented on six Wednesday evenings during each school year at Foothill College, in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Speakers over the years have included Nobel-prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, the first woman in history to discover a planet, an astrophysicist who is an award-winning science fiction writer, and many other well-known scientists explaining astronomical developments in everyday language

Lecture Schedule

Videos of lectures (beginning with the February, 2013, lecture,) are available on the SVAL YouTube channel.


Celebrating Stephen Hawking:How Black Holes are Not Quite Black

A Non-technical Talk by Andrew Fraknoi at the 2018 Bay Area Science Festival
Thursday evening, November 1, 2018, at 6:00 pm
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Scientists and science enthusiasts are mourning the passing of Stephen Hawking, one of the great minds and spirits of our time. In this introductory, non-technical talk, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi will briefly summarize Hawking’s life, and talk about the importance of his scientific work.

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The Distinguished Astronomy Lecture at UC Berkeley: From the Accelerating Universe to Accelerating Science

Wednesday evening, October 24 , 2018, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Speaker: Robert P. Kirshner, Harvard University

Sponsor: College of Letters & Science

Twenty years ago, astronomers were astonished to learn from observations of exploding stars that cosmic expansion is speeding up. We attribute this to a mysterious dark energy that pervades the universe and makes up 70% of it. Scientists are working in many ways to learn more about the nature of dark energy, but our reservoir of ignorance is deep.

This talk will summarize the present state of knowledge and look ahead to new ways to use infrared observations of supernovae to improve our grip on dark energy. Accelerating scientific discovery is a mission of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Professor Kirshner will illustrate some of the ways we do that at Berkeley and beyond.

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Past Events

Special Event: Film Screening


On September 11, 2018, at the ASP’s 130th Annual Meeting we held a special film screening of Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future, fresh off its debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival, where it sold out and won the Audience Award for Art, Architecture + Design. Recent showings include the International Space Development Conference, Comic-Con International Film Festival, and Worldcon76.