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National Award For Outstanding Contributions To Public Understanding Of Astronomy Received By Mary Kay Hemenway
2013-07-02 17:34:20

The University of Texas McDonald Observatory The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is bestowing its 2013 Klumpke-Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy to Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway of The University of Texas at Austin. Past awardees include Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov. The award will be presented at the society's annual meeting in San Francisco on July 23. 'I'm so pleased to receive this award from a society for which I...

2013-07-02 10:52:01

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), one the largest and most innovative astronomy and science education organizations in the U.S., is proud to announce the recipients of its 2013 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education. The awards will be formally presented at an ASP Banquet on July 23 in San Jose, CA as part of ASP’s Annual Meeting. Thomas J. Brennan Award for exceptional achievement related to the teaching of astronomy at the high school...

2013-06-04 12:40:14

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), speaking from the perspective of 124 years of advancing science and science education, expresses its profound concern over the Obama Administration´s fiscal year 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education restructuring proposal. This proposal will drastically reduce NASA´s education and public outreach (EPO) effort, including the abrupt termination of all mission-based EPO efforts in NASA´s Science...

2012-11-21 00:15:32

Jeffrey Mangum, a scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been appointed Editor of the Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP), a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The tenth editor in PASP's 125-year history, Mangum will continue in his position on the NRAO's scientific staff, where he has worked fulltime since 1994. PASP is a publication of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), a nonprofit...

2012-06-22 10:10:35

Two high school students from Texas and Louisiana are the winners of the 2012 Priscilla and Bart Bok Awards for their astronomy projects presented at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May. The awards were presented on May 18 by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) in partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS), supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The first prize of $1,000 went to Piper Michelle Reid of...

2012-03-05 14:25:00

New version of Distant Suns Astronomy App for iPad and iPhone contains listings of astronomical events direct from the NASA's Night Sky Network and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, up to 100% improvement in display performance, and improved imagery of its realistic displays of the night sky. Distant Suns is available for iOS devices, including the new iPad3. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2012 First Light Design ([Distant Suns), today announced release of version 3.3 of its...

2012-01-26 06:43:08

Twenty-six educators from the United States have been selected for research flights aboard SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. As participants in the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program, the educators will partner with professional astronomers using SOFIA for scientific observations in 2012 and 2013. SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP jetliner equipped with a 100-inch (2.5-meter) diameter telescope. The observatory enables the analysis of infrared light to...

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2009-10-28 09:55:00

Cobbling together 3000 individual photographs, a physicist has made a new high-resolution panoramic image of the full night sky, with the Milky Way galaxy as its centerpiece. Axel Mellinger, a professor at Central Michigan University, describes the process of making the panorama in the November issue of Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. An interactive version of the picture can viewed on Mellinger's website: http://home.arcor.de/axel.mellinger/. "This panorama image...

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2009-03-25 16:21:33

New calibration expands Hubble's capability A scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology has expanded the Hubble Space Telescope's capability without the need for new instruments or billions of dollars. Dan Batcheldor and his team improved the calibration of Hubble's Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer to enable high-precision polarimetry. Scientists like Batcheldor use this observational technique to read scattered light when investigating active galactic nuclei and for...

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2005-06-20 19:36:56

JPL -- As the mercury shoots upward and lazy summer days stretch into balmy evenings, NASA is teaming with amateur astronomy clubs across the country to share the wonders of the nighttime skies with the public. "From campgrounds to beaches, to museums to inner city streets, our Night Sky Network is helping people look up and enjoy the starry view overhead," said Michael Greene, manager of the Navigator/Planet Quest public engagement program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,...


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Publications Of The Astronomical Society Of The Pacific
2012-05-01 10:04:14

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific is a monthly scientific journal managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and published by the University of Chicago Press. It has been in publication since 1899, and is one of the premier journals for astronomical research, along with The Astrophysical Journal, The Astronomical Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. This journal publishes astronomy research, review papers,...

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