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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 »


Dr. George R. Carruthers to Receive the ASP’s Arthur B.C. Walker II Award

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is proud to award the 2017 Arthur B.C. Walker II Award, for outstanding achievement in astronomy and education by an African American scientist, to Dr. George Carruthers, renowned astrophysicist, inventor and 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient.

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2017 Eclipse Megamovie

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is proud to have been a partner in the “Megamovie” Project – a collaborative project between Google and the Multiverse Team at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory. More »


ASP partners with SETI Institute on “Reaching for the Stars”: NASA Science for Girl Scouts

ASP provided materials and subject matter for the Girl Scouts “Eclipse Boxes” in time for viewing of the August 21st solar eclipse. The ongoing relationship with SETI and the Girl Scouts will offer girls opportunities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through new Space Science badges. More »