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Mary Marcussen to receive the Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s 2018 Andrew Fraknoi Supporters Award goes to a longtime friend and supporter of the ASP: Mary Marcussen, consultant, grant writer, and project design specialist. More »


The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Announces Its 2018 Award Recipients for Astronomy Research and Education

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one of the oldest, innovative, and respected organizations in the U.S. dedicated to increasing the understanding and teaching of astronomy, is proud to announce the recipients of its 2018 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education.

The awards will be formally presented at the ASP Awards Gala (Ceremony and Banquet) on November 10, 2018, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Burlingame, CA.

More information about the ASP’s awards and past recipients can be found at More »


Astronomical Society of the Pacific Honors Dr. Tim Heckman with the 2018 Bruce Gold Medal

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is proud to award the 2018 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal to Dr. Tim Heckman, the inaugural Dr. A. Hermann Pfund Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Heckman is the Chair of the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, and has been the Director of the Center for Astrophysical Sciences at JHU.
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AAS Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant Program Application

AAS Education & Professional Development (EPD) Mini-Grant Program Application

The AAS Education & Professional Development (AAS-EPD) mini-grant program welcomes US-based AAS members to education-related mentoring and professional-development experiences. The application deadline is Sunday, 5 August, at 11:59 pm ET.

For more information and to apply, visit


Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available to Power Girl Leadership in Key 21st Century Issues

Thirty New Girl Scout Badges Now Available


Together with SETI Institute, the ASP helped, over the last two and a half years, to create Astronomy Badges for the Daisy – Brownie – Junior Girl Scouts of the USA.

The complete press release is available here.


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

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.

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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.

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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.

Read the full story.


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.