Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) was founded in 1889 by
a group of Northern California professional and amateur astronomers
after joining together to view a rare total solar eclipse. The ASP's
earliest purpose was to disseminate astronomical information --
a mission which has flourished with astronomers' inexhaustible exploration
of the universe. The ASP has become the largest general astronomy
society in the world, with members from over 70 nations. The ASP
Board of Directors and the Advisory
Council are composed of members of the astronomical, educational,
and amateur communities.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific increases the understanding
and appreciation of astronomy by engaging scientists, educators,
enthusiasts and the public to advance science and science literacy.
ASP's mission-based astronomy and space science education and public
outreach activities work to promote science literacy through the
enjoyment of astronomy. We are a recognized leader in the field
of astronomy education. Our free teachers' newsletter, The
Universe in the Classroom, is posted on the web. With the
support of nationally recognized corporations and individual benefactors,
the ASP sponsors Project
ASTRO, an innovative program to pair amateur and professional
astronomers with teachers and classes in the San Francisco Bay Area
and also works with the ASTRO National Network with sites in 13
locations across the country.
ASP's educational effort includes a National Science Foundation
program titled Astronomy from the Ground
Up (AFGU), which provides science/nature centers and museums
with new and innovative ways to communicate the excitement of modern
astronomy to their visitors. It was created by the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific in collaboration with the National Optical
Astronomy Observatory and the Association of Science-Technology
program funded by the National Science Foundation is the ASP's effort
to work with amateur astronomers engaged in education and public
outreach titled, Sharing the Universe (STU).
This program assists amateur astronomers in finding ways to improve
the quality and effectiveness of their education and public outreach
(EPO) activities by looking at what successful clubs are doing and
what "best practices" might be transferable to other clubs
or amateurs that may be struggling with EPO. New EPO support resources
and networking options will also be tested and made available to
astronomy clubs nationwide.
part of the ASP's work with the amateur astronomy community, the
Society manages the NASA Night Sky Network. The Night
Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of astronomy clubs bringing
the science and inspiration of NASA's missions to the public. This
program, started in March 2004, provides outreach materials for
amateur astronomy clubs and a forum for those involved in community
outreach to exchange ideas and learn from each other. The program
was developed and is operated for NASA by the Astronomical Society
of the Pacific. Initiated by JPL's PlanetQuest Public Engagement
Program, the Night Sky Network has several sponsors.
ASP's professional astronomer members are a key components of our
Society's membership. It is their desire to share the rich rewards
of their work with the public which permits the ASP to act as a
bridge, explaining the mysteries of the universe. These dedicated
scientists regularly donate their time and energy to speak at our
Annual Meeting, write for Mercury magazine, and to create
products for us to market and distribute. For these members, the
ASP publishes the Publications
of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP), a well-respected
monthly scientific journal. We also provide an important service
to the astronomical community through our affordable Conference
Series volumes which publish the proceedings of important scientific
Society offers benefits of association as a unique part of our membership.
Being a member in the ASP supports the mission-based cause of advancing
science literacy through astronomy. One benefit of association for
members is the online publication, Mercury
magazine. This is published quarterly to keep our members abreast
of developments in astronomy. Our online store, the AstroShop,
offers an array of educational products for teachers and anyone
interested in spreading the appreciation and understanding of astronomy.
The ASP's Annual Meeting is currently
focused on providing a forum for the astronomy and space science
education and public outreach community to gather and advance their
keeping with our mission to promote the science of astronomy, the
ASP offers annual awards
to acknowledge outstanding individuals who have contributed to a
variety of areas in this field. The awards banquet occurs each year
in conjunction with the annual meeting.
a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the ASP must rely on membership
dues and donations to sustain and expand our many education and
public outreach programs and activities. Contributions in the form
of cash gifts, gifts of appreciated securities and gifts-in-kind
directly support our educational programs and are tax-deductible
as allowed by law. Businesses are invited to support the ASP by
becoming a Corporate Affiliate.
Individuals may also wish to establish or contribute to one of the
many ASP endowment funds. These funds, often initiated in someone's
memory or honor, generate support for ASP programs, awards or lectures.
Through these giving programs, our individual and corporate friends
ensure that the ASP's programs continue to educate the general public
a gift today to support the ASP and our cause-based programs
and activities. We invite you to join
us as we work together to advance science literacy through the
enjoyment of astronomy.
ASP is a member organization of Educate
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the ASP as your non-profit choice of giving.