The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is the lead partner
for the "400 Years of the Telescope" Public Engagement and
Outreach Program. The 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 is comprised
of members of the astronomy, educational, and amateur communities.
The Society offers unique programs and activities. Mercury magazine
is published every other month to keep members abreast of developments
in astronomy. An 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
a two-day event including an all-day scientific symposium with hopes
to bring back our popular teacher's workshops in the near future. To
keep up with the most recent discoveries, anyone canphone the ASP hotline
at 415/337-1100 ext.6 for updates on late-breaking astronomy news.
Professional astronomer members are the backbone of the Society's
membership. These dedicated scientists regularly donate their time
and energy to speak at the Annual Meeting, write for Mercury magazine,
and to create products for ASP 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.
ASP also provides an important service to the astronomical community
through affordable Conference Series volumes, which publish the proceedings
of important scientific conferences.
The Society has developed into the recognized leader in the field
of astronomy education. Its free teachers' newsletter, The Universe
in the Classroom is posted on the Internet. With the support of the
National Science Foundation and NASA, the ASP sponsors Project ASTRO,
an innovative program to pair amateur and professional astronomers
with teachers and classes. Also, the ASP staff works regularly with
the media to guide journalists reporting science and to explain it
to the public in easily understood terms. Recently, the ASP was selected
to assist in the development and operation of the Public Education
Program (E/PO) for NASA's exciting SOFIA project.
ASP is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information about
the ASP, visit The
Astronomical Society of the Pacific website.