The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The membership (~7,700) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy. The mission of the American Astronomical Society is to enhance and share humanity's scientic understanding of the Universe. (1) The Society, through its publications, disseminates and archives the results of astronomical research. (2) The Society facilitates and strengthens the interactions among members through professional meetings and other means. (3) The Society represents the goals of its community of members to the nation and the world. (4) The Society, through its members, trains, mentors and supports the next generation of astronomers. (5) The Society assists its members to develop their skills in the fields of education and public outreach at all levels.

We're going green!

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We're going green! Sign up for a paperless renewal notice. Please take a moment and log into your member record and opt out of receiving your renewal notice by US mail. You will need your member login and password. If you have not used this before, send an email to or you can reset your password on line. Any changes can be made directly on that page.

American Astronomical Society Network Down

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Due to our earlier Internet outage that has now been fixed we have changed back to our primary Internet connection. You may experience a few brief problems accessing and this morning while the new DNS entries propagate.

This affects:

  • website (back online)
  • website (back online)
  • website (back online)
  • AAS email lists and some aliases. (back online)
  • Phone (back online)

Last Updated: 7/31/2009 11:19 AM

The AAS Mission Statement

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To better clarify the priorities and goals of the AAS, the Council adopted a Mission Statement at the most recent AAS meeting in Pasadena, California. The Mission Statement appears on the Council Resolutions page. This statement, along with the draft ethics statement currently open for comment in the AAS forums and available through this link the ongoing efforts of the Council to clarify the direction of the Society and to prioritize the work accomplished by AAS staff and volunteers.

215th AAS Meeting — Washington, DC

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AAS 214th logo

3-7 January 2010

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008


Abstract Submission Deadline 9:00 pm EDT, Wednesday, 1 October 2009
Late Abstract Submission Deadline 9:00 pm EST, Monday, 1 December 2009
Early Registration 1 September - 30 September 2009
Regular Registration 1 October - 20 November 2009
Late Registration 21 November - 21 December 2009
Onsite Registration 3 January 2010 - 7 January 2010
Hotel Reservation Deadline 12 December 2009
Child Care Grant 15 November 2009
Splinter Meeting Request Deadline 1 December 2009

New Member Benefit - AAS Partners with NASA Federal Credit Union

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The AAS has partnered with the NASA Federal Credit Union to offer a new member benefit. Members of the AAS may now join the NASA FCU.

Please see the NASA Federal Credit Union flier for more information.

Orders Now Being Taken for the Galileoscope

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Galileoscope LogoThe Galileoscope is a high-quality, low-cost telescope kit developed as a Cornerstone Project of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. For just $15 plus shipping, you get a 50-mm f/10 achromatic refractor that snaps together in less than 5 minutes and gives great views of the celestial wonders that Galileo first glimpsed 400 years ago: lunar craters and mountains, Jupiter’s moons, the phases of Venus, Saturn's rings, and the Pleiades and Beehive star clusters. It comes with a 25x eyepiece and 2x Barlow lens, accepts standard 1¼-inch accessories, and attaches to any photo tripod (not included). Two educational activity guides are already available, and more are coming. You can download these guides, and order small numbers of Galileoscopes using a credit card or PayPal, at Institutions wishing to place orders of 100 or more get a discounted price of $12.50 per kit, save on shipping via freight service, and may pay by purchase order. To initiate a large order of 100+ kits, fill out the Request for Quotation form.

New AAS Facebook Page

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The AAS is now on Facebook become a fan of the AAS! Go to our new AAS Facebook page.

International Travel Grants

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The AAS has now received funds from the NSF to fund the International Travel Grant Program for 2009.

Although it is not required to be an IAU member to attend the IAU General Assembly, US astronomers are strongly encouraged to apply for membership in the IAU. Potential members can either download a membership form to submit in hardcopy or, preferably, use the new online form. Both are available using the following links:

Download USNC-IAU Membership Application Form
USNC-IAU Online Membership Application Form
Download ITG Program Application Form

Decadal Survey Information - Astro 2010

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Astro2010, the National Research Council's Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal survey is underway. Please visit the official Astro2010 website for full details including Frequently Asked Questions and updates from the decadal chair.   This page is updated with decadal survey information, as well as updates posted regularly on the AAS Public Policy Blog.  A special section of the AAS Forums have been set up to facilitate collaboration on science white papers.

2009 Is the International Year of Astronomy

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The 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations has designated 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy. Working with the IAU, ASP, AAVSO, Astronomical League, IDA and other astronomy partners, the AAS will help organize and carry out a dynamic program of activities for the International Year of Astronomy.

For further details, see the IYA-USA web page at:

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