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    Descriptive info: .. Astronomical Society.. Donate to Support Science Literacy.. facebook.. twitter.. youtube.. Veteran Astronomy Educator, Astrophysicist, and Science Writer Dr.. Linda Shore Named Executive Director of the ASP.. More information.. Happy 125th Anniversary ASP!.. Save the Date!.. The 2014 ASP Annual Meeting will be held August 2-6, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA, just south of San Francisco.. Give a Stellar Gift.. Help foster scientific curiosity, science literacy and the joy of exploration & discovery through astronomy.. for tomorrow's science, technology and academic leaders!.. Share the gift of membership!.. Shop the AstroShop.. Products to engage, enlighten and entertain!.. Shop now.. When you shop at AmazonSmile,.. Amazon will donate a portion.. of your purchase to the ASP!.. Get started.. READ MORE.. ABOUT US.. ASP Staff.. Awards.. Board.. Contact.. Events.. FAQ.. History.. News.. RESOURCES.. EDUCATION.. Amateur Astronomy.. ASP Annual Meeting.. Astronomy Resource Guides.. Astronomy Travel.. K-12 Educators.. Parks Museums.. Programs.. SOFIA.. GET.. INVOLVED.. ASP Membership.. ASP Member Portal.. Astronomy Clubs.. Corporate Partners.. Give for Today.. Give for Tomorrow.. Internships.. Partner with the ASP.. Volunteer.. ASP.. PUBLICATIONS.. Annual Report.. Astronomy Beat.. Conference Series.. ASP Monograph Publications.. Mercury Magazine.. Newsletter.. PASP.. Universe in the Classroom.. SHOP THE.. ASTROSHOP.. CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?.. Member/Donor Login.. Inspiring people to look up and wonder ….. for 125 years.. On a chilly February evening in 1889 in San Francisco, astronomers from Lick Observatory and members of the Pacific Coast Amateur Photographic Association — fresh from viewing the New Year’s Day total solar eclipse north of the City — met to share pictures and experiences.. Edward Holden, Lick’s first director, complimented the amateurs on their service to science, and proposed to continue the good fellowship through the founding of a Society “to advance the science of Astronomy, and to diffuse information concerning it.. ” Thus the Astronomical Society of the Pacific was born.. Through more than a century of operation, as human understanding of the universe has advanced, so has the ASP connecting scientists, educators, amateur astronomers and the public to share astronomical research, conduct professional development in science education, and provide resources that engage students and adults alike in the adventure of scientific discovery.. As a non-profit membership organization, international in scope, the ASP’s mission is to increase the  ...   Linda Shore to the position of Executive Director.. The ASP deeply mourns the January 10th passing of BYU astronomy professor Dr.. Harold McNamara, who served as Editor of the science journal "Publications of the ASP" from 1968 to 2004.. It is with profound sadness that the Astronomical Society of the Pacific reports the sudden death of its Board member and secretary, Dr.. Michael G.. Gibbs on December 10, 2013.. More in News.. Hey, corporate America … got STEM literacy?.. Astronomy is rooted in science, technology, engineering and math, and is thus the gateway to STEM learning and STEM-based careers.. ASP’s corporate supporters understand the value of investing in our mission to begin cultivating the next generation of STEM leaders.. Click here to learn more.. Join the ASP.. Find out about ASP and.. the benefits of membership.. Support the ASP.. Help us inspire the science and.. technology leaders of tomorrow.. Visit the AstroShop.. Uniquely themed games, books,.. DVDs, calendars and more.. City:.. State:.. choose one.. Alabama.. Alaska.. Arizona.. Arkansas.. California.. Colorado.. Connecticut.. Delaware.. Florida.. Georgia.. Hawaii.. Idaho.. Illinois.. Indiana.. Iowa.. Kansas.. Kentucky.. Louisiana.. Maine.. Maryland.. Massachusetts.. Michigan.. Minnesota.. Mississippi.. Missouri.. Montana.. Nebraska.. Nevada.. New Hampshire.. New Jersey.. New Mexico.. New York.. North Carolina.. North Dakota.. Ohio.. Oklahoma.. Oregon.. Pennsylvania.. Rhode Island.. South Carolina.. South Dakota.. Tennessee.. Texas.. Utah.. Vermont.. Virginia.. Washington.. West Virginia.. Wisconsin.. Wyoming.. District of Columbia.. Puerto Rico.. Zip:.. Clubs.. Sign-up for the ASP Newsletter.. Required fields are marked with.. *.. below.. Email Address.. First Name.. Middle Name.. Please enter none if not applicable.. Last Name.. Phone.. Please select the e-mail newsletter(s) you would like to receive from the ASP.. Please check all that apply:.. ASP E-Newsletter.. (Society news, important events and opportunities).. ASP AstroShop Email Updates.. (Special offers and product announcements from the ASP's AstroShop, which supplies unique astronomy-related outreach materials for educators and amateur astronomers).. Universe in the Classroom.. (Notifications of new issues of the ASP's free newsletter designed for teachers, which features information on topics of current astronomical interest, along with hands-on classroom activities for students).. ASP Conference Series Newsletter.. ASP Meetings Events.. (News and notifications of ASP meetings and events).. MMXIV Astronomical Society of the Pacific.. 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112.. T 415.. 337.. 1100 F 415.. 5205..

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  • Title: Veteran Astronomy Educator, Astrophysicist, and Science Writer Dr. Linda Shore Named Executive Director of the ASP « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.. ~ Plato.. Most recently, Shore served as Director of the Teacher Institute at San Francisco’s renowned science museum, the.. Exploratorium.. While there she led a staff of scientists and educators, and created nationally recognized teaching programs.. She was also responsible for fund development, grants program, and expanding institutional reach by forging collaborations with national and international museums and science centers.. Shore has co-authored Exploratorium science and education books, and written articles about popular science and science education for the public.. A native San Franciscan who has spent most of her life in the Bay Area, she holds a PhD in science education from Boston University, and a master’s degree in physics and astronomy from San Francisco State University.. Shore was also the recipient of a prestigious Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship to work at the.. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.. where she developed curriculum and conducted research on astronomy learning for the National Science Foundation funded program, Project STAR.. (Science Teaching through its Astronomical Roots).. “I am deeply honored and excited to assume the role of Executive Director for the ASP, an organization whose mission so strongly resonates with my personal passion for increasing science literacy through the study of astronomy,” said Dr.. Shore.. “I look forward to continuing the organization’s 125-year history of supporting a large and diverse community of astronomy enthusiasts and helping the organization to become a leader in science education for the next century.. ”.. “Dr.. Shore brings a unique background combining a passion for astronomy, love of science and science education, and management experience,” said Gordon Myers, ASP Board President.. “She’ll be a great leader, and we’re excited to have her join the ASP..  ...   financially supported by member dues, donations, grants, subscriptions, and retail sales.. Related Content.. Harold McNamara.. Gibbs.. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Invites Nominations for the Organization’s 2014 Annual Awards.. ASP Executive Director Opening.. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Executive Director Announces Plans to Depart.. Priscilla & Bart Bok Awards for Astronomy Presented to High-School Students at Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.. Prepare for the August Perseid Meteor Shower.. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific Announces 2013 Award Recipients in Astronomy Research and Education.. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Honors Dr.. James E.. Gunn with Prestigious Bruce Gold Medal Award.. Archives.. Select Year.. 2014.. 2013.. 2012.. 2011.. 2010.. 2009.. 2008.. 2007.. 2006.. 2005.. Categories.. Books of Note.. ED Blog.. Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures.. Current Events.. More in Events.. Society News.. ” “Dr.. ” Dr.. About the ASP Now in its.. McNamara also enthusiastically launched new organizational enterprise in 1987, the ASP Conference Series (publication), for which he served as Editor for 16 years.. McNamara was an internationally recognized authority in intrinsic variable and eclipsing binary stars.. In 2000, he received the George Van Biesbroeck Prize by the American Astronomical Society for "long-term extraordinary or unselfish service to astronomy.. " He was also honored in 2010 with the Distinguished Service Award by the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts Letters.. http://www.. bergmortuary.. com/obituaries/Delbert-Mcnamara/#!/Obituary.. http://en.. wikipedia.. org/wiki/D.. _Harold_McNamara.. Michael has served as a Board member since 2008, and as the Board secretary since 2010.. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2008, Michael was the Society’s Director of Advancement, and was instrumental in reviving and advancing the ASP’s Fund Development effort.. The Society has lost a true friend, and we will miss his intelligence, his guidance, and his quick wit.. mlive.. com/news/flint/index.. ssf/2013/12/dr_michael_g_gibbs_remembered.. html..

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  • Title: ASP Annual Meeting « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: Celebrating Science: Putting Education Best Practices to Work.. The ASP’s 2014 Annual Meeting will be held August 2-6, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA, just south of San Francisco.. The.. Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) workshop.. will be held August 2-3, 2014.. The meeting will be held August 4-6, 2014.. Registration Rates and Deadlines.. Super Early Bird Registration is now open!.. Super Early Bird (through Feb 15).. Members: $290.. Non-Members: $390.. Early Bird (Feb 16–May 31).. Members: $340.. Non-Members: $440.. Regular (June 1–July 18)..  ...   (through Feb 15).. Early Bird: $170 (Feb 16 through May 31).. Regular: $197.. 50 (June 1–July 15).. On Site: $225 (August 4-6).. *To qualify for the student rate, you must be enrolled in an accredited university at least half-time, and provide a letter of recommendation from your University Professor or Department Chair.. ASP 2014 Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits.. (pdf).. ASP 2013 Annual Meeting Highlights.. Sign up to be notified as more information is available.. 2014 Transportation, Hotel, and Destination Information.. Galileo Teacher Training Program.. Past Annual Meetings..

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  • Title: About Us « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: About the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.. About Us.. For more than 100 years, the ASP – a 501c3 nonprofit astronomy organization headquartered in San Francisco – has inspired professionals, researchers, educators, amateurs and “arm chair” astronomers to look up and wonder about our place in the universe, and about what the universe can teach and tell us.. Around the world, in classrooms, museums, planetariums, national parks, state parks, nature centers, astronomy clubs, city sidewalks, online and your own backyard, the ASP fosters scientific curiosity, advances science literacy, and shares the excitement of exploration and discovery.. We design and deliver innovative astronomy toolkits, programs, publications and education guides in our mission to inspire youth and adults across the economic spectrum – in support of their success as science, technology and academic leaders.. The ASP partners with NASA, AAS, National Science Foundation, and other leading professional and educational organizations in North America  ...   a national forum for science and science education through our annual meeting.. Recognize excellence in astronomy and astronomy education through our awards.. Communicate the excitement of astronomy and science to the public.. Our primary goals:.. Serve:.. Professional astronomers through our publications and connections.. Education public outreach professionals through our national meetings and collaborations.. Communicators through our materials, programs and expertise.. K-12 teachers through our networks, resources and training programs.. Informal educators through our networks, materials and workshop opportunities.. Amateur astronomers through our networks, training and outreach tools.. Public audiences through our resources, outreach programs and memberships.. Grow our programs, networks and publications to connect our diverse audiences and stakeholders.. Build on our recognized leadership in using astronomy to advance science literacy, engagement and connectivity.. Strengthen our organizational foundation based on an agile, integrated and multi-faceted approach to science education and public outreach.. ASP Bylaws.. ASP Strategic Plan.. Form 990.. Privacy Policy..

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  • Title: ASP Staff « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: James Manning.. Executive Director.. jmanning {at} astrosociety.. org.. 415-715-1411.. Operations and Finance.. Michael Sowle.. Director of Finance and Operations.. msowle {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1412.. Noel Encarnacion.. Inventory and Customer Service Manager.. service {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1414.. Albert Silva.. Office Administrator.. asilva {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1400.. Perry Tankeh.. Accounting Manager.. ptankeh {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1423.. Education.. Greg Schultz.. Director of Education.. gschultz {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1425.. Suzy Gurton.. Astronomy Education Manager.. sgurton {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1410.. Anna Hurst.. Astronomy Educator.. ahurst {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-4108.. Brian Kruse.. Lead Formal Educator.. bkruse {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1426.. Pablo Nelson.. Project  ...   Vivian White.. vwhite {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1401.. Development and Communications.. Kathryn Harper.. Director of Development and Communications.. kharper {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1406.. Leslie Proudfit.. Senior Designer/Webmaster.. webmaster {at} astrosociety.. 650-604-2125.. ASP Conference Series Editorial Office.. Joseph Jensen.. Managing Editor.. jjensen@aspbooks.. Jonathan Barnes.. Associate Editor.. jonathan@aspbooks.. Pepita Ridgeway.. Publication Manager.. publicationmanager@aspbooks.. Cindy Moody.. Editorial Assistant.. aspcs@aspbooks.. Jeff Mangum.. (contracted).. Editor.. jmangum {at} nrao.. edu.. Mercury.. Paul Deans.. editor {at} astrosociety.. Kassandra Bell.. Education and Public Outreach Administrative Assistant.. kbell@sofia.. usra.. Multimedia Assistant.. lproudfit@sofia.. Nick Veronico.. Public Affairs Officer.. nveronico@sofia.. ASP Career Opportunities..

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  • Title: Awards « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: View the 2013 ASP Annual Award recipients.. View the 2013 Bruce Gold Medal recipient.. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific honors special accomplishments in astronomy research, technology, education, and public outreach by giving eight annual awards.. Nominations are welcome from ASP Members and members of the astronomical community.. Descriptions of the awards and links to the nomination pages are listed below.. About the ASP Awards.. Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal.. Awarded since 1898 for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.. Our highest award is the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, awarded for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.. Awarded since 1898, the medal has gone to some of the greatest astronomers of the past century.. A complete.. list of past recipients.. and a.. Brief History of the Bruce Medal including medalist biographies.. The 2013 recipient is.. Gunn.. , Princeton University.. Richard H.. Emmons Award.. For excellence in college astronomy teaching.. Added to our list of honors in 2006, the Richard H.. Emmons Award was inspired by a very generous gift from Jeanne and Allan Bishop, in honor of her father, Richard Emmons.. Jeanne Bishop, a well-known astronomy educator in her own right, wished to honor her father, an astronomer with a life-long dedication to astronomy education, by creating an annual award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in the teaching of college-level introductory astronomy for non-science majors.. List of past recipients.. Charles Tolbert.. , University of Virginia.. on the award, its eligibility requirements, and nomination procedures.. Nomination Form.. 2014 Nomination Deadline: 1 January 2014.. Amateur Achievement Award.. For significant observational or technical achievements by an amateur astronomer.. The Amateur Achievement Award recognizes significant observational or technological contributions to astronomy or amateur astronomy by an individual not employed in the field of astronomy in a professional capacity.. The 2012 recipient is.. Jeffery Hopkins.. Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award.. For outstanding outreach by an amateur astronomer to children and the public.. The Las Cumbres  ...   University.. Thomas J.. Brennan Award.. For exceptional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school level.. The Thomas J.. Brennan Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of astronomy at the high school level in North America.. The recipients have demonstrated exceptional commitment to classroom or planetarium education, as well as the training of other teachers.. Gregg L.. Williams.. , Indiana’s Merrillville Community School.. Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award.. For important research results based upon development of groundbreaking instruments and techniques.. The Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award is given for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure.. The 2012 recipient is the.. Kepler Science Team.. , led by.. William Borucki.. and.. David Koch.. Priscilla and Bart Bok Award.. Bart Bok was an outstanding research astronomer who made important contributions to our understanding of the Milky Way and of star formation.. He received the.. Bruce Medal.. for lifetime achievement and in 1982 the Klumpke-Roberts Award for the popularization of astronomy.. Throughout his life, and especially as an ASP Board member, Bok was a strong advocate for outreach and education in astronomy.. Upon his death in 1983, the Society established the Bart Bok Memorial Fund to support educational projects.. At the suggestion of the AAS, the activitivies supported by the Bok Fund were expanded to include the joint sponsorship of an astronomy award at the.. Intel Science and Engineering Fair.. Bok Award Page.. Please contact awards {at} astrosociety.. org if you have questions about the nomination process.. Fraknoi Supporters Award.. Past Amateur Achievement Recipients.. Past Award Recipients.. Past Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Recipients.. Past Priscilla and Bart Bok Award Recipients.. Past Recipients of the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal.. Past Recipients of the Klumpke-Roberts Award.. Past Recipients of the Maria & Eric Muhlmann Award.. Past Recipients of the Richard H.. Past Recipients of the Robert J.. Trumpler Award.. Past Recipients of the Thomas Brennan Award..

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  • Title: Board of Directors « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: Board of Directors.. Board Officers.. President.. Gordon Myers.. IBM (Ret.. ).. Vice President.. Connie Walker.. National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO).. Treasurer.. Cathy Langridge.. Levi Strauss Co.. Board Members.. Russ Carroll, 2016.. Miva Merchant.. William Cochran, 2015.. University of Texas at Austin.. Noelle Filippenko, 2015.. piZone.. org public outreach  ...   University of Arizona.. Kelsey Johnson, 2016.. University of Virginia/NRAO.. Christine Jones, 2015.. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.. Judy Kass, 2014.. AAAS.. Cathy Langridge, 2014.. Schyleen Qualls, 2016.. Arkeon Entertainment Arkeon Education.. Alexander Rudolph, 2016.. Cal Poly Pomona.. Advisory Council.. Past ASP Board Presidents and Executive Directors.. Past Board Officers and Members..

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  • Title: Contact « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: Headquarters.. Membership • Education • Development • Sales.. Astronomical Society of the Pacific.. 390 Ashton Avenue.. San Francisco, CA 94112.. Phone: (415) 337-1100.. U.. S.. toll free 1-800-335-2624.. Fax: (415) 337-5205.. Staff.. Publications of the ASP.. Editorial Office.. Jeff Mangum, Editor.. National Radio Astronomy Observatory.. 520 Edgemont Road.. Charlottesville, VA 22903.. Phone: 434-296-0347.. Fax: 434-296-0278.. Email: pasp {at} nrao.. Institutional Subscriptions.. ASP Conference Series.. aspcs {at} aspbooks.. (801) 863-8804.. www.. aspbooks.. org/contact_us/.. Customer Service  ...   U.. Mercury Magazine and Astronomy Beat.. Paul Deans, Editor.. Phone: (780) 240-4608.. Email: editor {at} astrosociety.. Departments.. Membership.. membership {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1405.. AstroShop Customer Service.. Development Communications.. development {at} astrosociety.. Annual Meeting.. meeting {at} astrosociety.. Website.. Education Programs.. Astronomy From the Ground Up.. afgu {at} astrosociety.. Night Sky Network.. nightskyinfo {at} astrosociety.. 415-715-1416.. Project ASTRO.. Family ASTRO National Network.. astro {at} astrosociety.. San Francisco Bay Area Project ASTRO.. bayareaastro {at} astrosociety.. sofia.. edu/Contact/contact.. Get Involved..

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  • Title: Events « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: ASP 2014 Annual Meeting.. The Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) workshop will be held August 2-3, 2014.. ASP s 125th Anniversary Celebration.. The ASP is pleased and excited to announce that award-winning astronomy writer, journalist, lecturer, and educator, Timothy Ferris, will present the keynote address at the ASP’s 125th Anniversary Dinner Gala on February 7, 2014 in San Francisco.. The evening will celebrate and showcase the ASP and the organization’s 125 years of empowering and inspiring astronomy education and outreach.. ASP 2013 Meeting.. The ASP welcomed more than 250 educators (K-12, university) and public outreach professionals  ...   Jose State University.. Most – if not all – attendees carved out precious time from their schedules and even more precious funds from their budgets in order to join us in San Jose, and we thank you all very much.. Thanks also to our many Meeting volunteers who helped keep things on the ground running smoothly! Rounding out the whole Annual Meeting was the support and participation of our very generous sponsors and exhibitors.. We simply could not succeed with you!.. View videos of selected meeting plenary sessions.. View the.. meeting program.. photo gallery.. 2013 Conference Proceedings..

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  • Title: FAQ « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: What is the ASP’s mission?.. To increase the understanding and appreciation of astronomy—through the engagement of our many constituencies—to advance science and science literacy.. Who does the ASP serve?.. The ASP directly serves diverse education and public outreach audiences through its.. formal (K-12 classroom).. and informal (.. parks, museums.. ,.. clubs.. ) programs and workshops.. We also serve research astronomers through.. workshops.. We strive to build bridges between professional astronomers, researchers, teachers, amateur astronomers and the public.. We foster scientific curiosity, science literacy and the joy of exploration discovery through astronomy—to connect, educate and inspire the science, technology and academic leaders of today and tomorrow.. Why does the ASP have “Pacific” in its name if it’s an international organization?.. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific outgrew its name a long time ago, however we were founded on the Pacific coast of the U.. in 1889, and, at the time, focused on providing a meeting and publishing venue for Pacific coast astronomers.. Over the past 124 years we have grown into an international organization that continues to welcome.. members.. from all continents.. Over the years, people have suggested we change our name to reflect our extensive programmatic footprint.. However, so many people in astronomical circles know us as the ASP that a name change would not serve us well.. Nor have we found a better alternative!.. Who supports the ASP?.. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, many people and organizations support the programs and services of the ASP.. Our revenue streams are diversified and include membership dues, donations, bequests, grants,.. AstroShop.. sales and publication subscriptions.. The ASP offers many ways for people to help support science literacy through astronomy.. How do I know my donation will be invested wisely?.. The ASP is one of the oldest and most respected nonprofit organizations in the U.. Our books undergo an external audit every fiscal year, and the finance committee of our board of directors meets six times a year to review the budget and cash flow.. When you.. donate to the ASP.. , join as a.. , purchase a gift membership,.. buy one of our products.. or attend our.. , funds go directly into ASP programs and services.. Donations to the ASP are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.. Please see our.. for more details.. Whom do I contact if I don’t see an answer to my question on your site?.. Our.. Staff List.. includes phone numbers and email addresses.. Also, if you read about the work of one of our staff members and would like to contact that person, all emails at the society are in the form: first initial of first name plus last name@astrosociety.. org (as in aeinstein@astrosociety.. org).. I want to be an astronomer.. How do I start?.. If you want to be a professional astronomer who does scientific research to  ...   questions.. Ask the Astronomer.. (This site, run by astronomer Sten Odenwald, is no longer active, but lists 3001 answers to questions asked in the mid-1990s.. They are nicely organized by topic.. Curious about Astronomy.. (An ask-an-astronomer site run by graduate students and professors of astronomy at Cornell University.. Has searchable archives and is still answering new questions.. Ask an Astrophysicist.. (Questions and answers at NASA’s Laboratory for High-Energy Astrophysics focus on x-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, and such objects as black holes, quasars, and supernovae.. Ask an Astrobiologist.. (On this site from the National Astrobiology Institute at NASA, astronomer – and former ASP President David Morrison answers questions about the search for life on other planets, the origin of life on Earth, and many other topics.. Ask an Infrared Astronomer.. (A site from the California Institute of Technology, with an archive focusing on infrared (heat-ray) astronomy and the discoveries it makes about cool objects in the universe.. No longer taking new questions.. Ask the Space Scientist.. (An archive of questions about the Sun and its interactions with the Earth, answered by astronomer Sten Odenwald.. Not accepting new questions.. I love the astronomy pictures I see in the media or in your publications.. Where can I see more really beautiful astronomical images?.. There are many sites on the Web where astronomy images are collected and displayed.. Just about every observatory and many amateur astronomical photographers have galleries of some images.. To get you started, here are a few that are especially broad or well organized:.. Astronomy Picture of the Day.. Hubble Space Telescope Images.. Hubble Gallery.. National Optical Astronomy Observatories Image Gallery.. Planetary Photojournal.. European Southern Observatory Photo Gallery.. Anglo-Australian Observatory Images.. Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes Image Gallery.. The World at Night.. I am inspired by my interest in astronomy and am thinking about getting a telescope.. But there are so many different kinds and the prices vary so much.. Where can I get some advice on what kind of telescope to buy?.. Buying a first telescope is very much like buying a first car or a first computer.. Every owner has an opinion and people rarely agree.. So much depends on what you want to use the car/computer/telescope to do and what your budget is! Our best advice is to.. find an astronomy club near you.. and attend one of their public events.. You’re likely to see a wide variety of telescopes and mounts and can experience first-hand what might work for you.. Here are a few places to do some homework:.. Astronomy magazine’s “Guide to Buying a Telescope”.. Sky Telescope magazine’s “Choosing Your First Telescope”.. Choosing Your First Telescope Joshua Roth.. “How to Choose a Telescope” Adrian Ashford.. “The Heretic’s Guide to Buying Your First Telescope”.. “So You Wanna Buy a Telescope: Advice for Beginners”.. Gift Membership.. History of the ASP..

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  • Title: History of the ASP « Astronomical Society
    Descriptive info: Centennial History of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.. by Katherine Bracher.. Introduction.. By Andrew Fraknoi.. (ASP Executive Director, 1978-1992).. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) was founded in February 1889, the first national astronomical organization to be established in the United States.. Although its name was a reminder of its origins on the Pacific Coast, it soon drew members from around the country and the world.. In 1989, the ASP celebrated its Centennial by buying a building as its home and holding a large national meeting at the University of California, Berkeley.. (The late Carl Sagan of Cornell University was the public keynote speaker, and quickly sold out the largest hall on campus.. ) Certificates and letters of congratulations were received from the President of the U.. , the Governor of California, and many other political and scientific leaders.. Also, the International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 2848 Asteroid ASP, in honor of the Society’s work in education and public outreach.. As part of the celebrations, we commissioned Kate Bracher, an astronomer and historian at Whitman College, to write the 100-year history of the Society, and published it as a special issue of Mercury Magazine.. The issue was quite  ...   the ASP since 1989, when this history was published, particularly in the field of education.. Nevertheless, we thought that this was a valuable historical snapshot of the first 100 years of a scientific and educational organization dedicated to bringing the stars down to earth.. Download Adobe Reader.. Entire publication.. (41.. 8 MB).. Front Cover, Foreword and Table of Contents.. (2.. 3 MB).. Chapter 1: A Fateful Eclipse.. (3.. 4 MB).. Chapter 2: A Society is Born.. 9 MB).. Chapter 3: A Meeting at Lick and a Growing Membership.. Chapter 4: Medals and Endowments.. 2 MB).. Chapter 5: Continuing Growth.. Chapter 6: Challenges and Difficulties.. Chapter 7: The Bruce Medal.. Chapter 8: Membership Drives and an Earthquake.. Chapter 9: Meetings and Lectures.. Chapter 10: The Leaflets and the Library.. Chapter 11: Anniversaries.. Chapter 12: Financial Aid.. (2 MB).. Chapter 13: The Passing of an Era.. Chapter 14: The 1960s: Changes in the Wind.. Chapter 15: Mercury Magazine and the Challenges of Growth.. Chapter 16: New People, New Awards, New Approaches.. Chapter 17: Expanded Services, Larger Meetings.. 1 MB).. Chapter 18: The Annual Funds, a Building, and a Centennial.. (4 MB).. Acknowledgements, Further Reading, Back Cover.. Celebrating the ASP’s Past Quarter Century..

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