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Former ASP Board President Selected as NSTA President-Elect for 2018-2019

Dennis Schatz

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced that Dennis Schatz, senior advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington and field editor for NSTA’s Connected Science Learning, began his one-year term as president-elect of NSTA on June 1, 2018. He will assume the office of president on June 1, 2019.

“With a background in science education in both the formal and informal settings and as an association leader, Dennis is uniquely suited for his new role as the new president-elect of NSTA,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “His insights will help the Association to amplify educator voices to improve science teaching and learning across the country.”

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2017 ASP Annual Report

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to present the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) Annual Report for 2017. This year marked the 129th anniversary of the Society and, most significantly, the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse traversed the continental United States from coast to coast.

Estimates are that over 215 million people watched the “Great American Solar Eclipse” in some fashion. ASP has at the heart many national efforts aimed at ensuring everyone was fully engaged in this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event. We also focused our attention on reaching underserved communities both on and off the path of totality.

This year we are focusing our annual report on the historic Great American Eclipse and our success in engaging literally hundreds of thousands of people in the awe and wonder of this rare celestial alignment. Thanks to you, the ASP supported astronomy enthusiasts of every kind, trained astronomy educators working in many different types of learning environments, and created innovative astronomy education activities and materials to help people understand why eclipses happen.

Together with friends like you, we are bringing the excitement of astronomy to new generations of enthusiasts and professionals. On behalf of all of the audiences we serve, thank you.


Linda S. Shore Ed.D
Chief Executive Officer
Astronomical Society of the Pacific

P.S. Please consider making a contribution to the ASP today so we can build on last year’s tremendous success and expand our work. Your gift may be tax-deductible as provided by law. The ASP tax ID is 94-0294860.


Girl Scouts Cross the Golden Gate Bridge as They Bridge from Juniors to Cadettes and Reach for the Stars

Last Saturday 7,000 girls, both local and out of state, walked across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco as they bridged from being Juniors to Cadettes. The walk was followed by a festival on Crissy Field with music, snacks, and fun activity booths. Girl Scouts of Northern California organized this large annual event. 2018 marked the 37th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridging, which began as a local event with a contingent of just about 300.

The SETI Institute, along with other Girl Scouts Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts (Girl Scout Stars) partners, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Girl Scouts of Northern California (GS NorCal), and Rockman et al, offered interactive astronomy activities for Girl Scouts at the 2018 celebration.

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The World’s Most Advanced Camera Aims to Image Habitable Exoplanets

Described as the world’s largest and most advanced superconducting camera, a new instrument dubbed DARKNESS is designed to filter out the blinding light of stars to see orbiting exoplanets in more detail than ever before.

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ASP: CosmoQuest Releases Mappers 2.0 with a New Look, New Data, and New Science

The CosmoQuest Citizen Science facility ( released a major update to its Mappers software. This software previously demonstrated that everyday people can map craters as effectively as a group of professionals. With version 2.0, CosmoQuest invites the public to use their skills to answer new science questions related to Mars and Mercury. The public can use their eyes, minds, and time to help determine the ages of valley systems on Mars and determine Mercury’s geologic past.

CosmoQuest’s Mappers software is produced at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific under the principal investigator Dr. Pamela L. Gay. The science teams for Mars Mappers and Mercury Mappers are both lead by Dr. Stuart Robbins of the Southwest Research Institute.

The full context of today’s press release is available on both CosmoQuest and the ASP.


Is This the End of the Galileoscope?

After nearly a decade, the Galileoscope project will be drawing to a close unless a project sponsor, science-products company, or other organization steps forward to continue it. Created as a worldwide cornerstone project for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the Galileoscope solved a long-standing problem: the lack of a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit suitable for both optics education and celestial observation.

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ASP Board of Directors Secretary and SETI Institute Fellow, Edna DeVore, Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

SETI Institute Fellow and Director of Education at the SETI Institute, Edna DeVore, has been awarded the additional distinction of Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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NASA Releases New Hubble Messier Catalog

NASA is publishing the Hubble Space Telescope’s version of the Messier catalog, featuring Hubble images of 63 deep-sky objects from Charles Messier’s famous catalog. More »


Public Invited to Test New Tool to Study Earth using Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS).

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Dr. Rick Fienberg to receive the Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2017 Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award goes to a longtime friend and supporter of the ASP: Dr. Rick Fienberg, Press Officer for the American Astronomical Society (AAS). More »