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October 2017
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ASP @ Work
August was all about the solar eclipse

Thank you card to the ASP from a local elementary school
Thanks to your support and contributions to the ASP, 220,000 people across the country received safe solar viewers and observed the 2017 solar eclipse safely. Viewers were distributed through our projects and partners, such as the NASA Night Sky Network, the Google Megamovie project, the Girl Scouts of Northern California, national parks, local school districts, and libraries. 
Oregon Star Party, Ochoco National Forest, Oregon

Muddy Run Observatory, Holtwood, Pennsylvania (Dale Davis)

Family at eclipse event, Richmond, California

ASP Board Member Schyleen Qualls at AstroCon, Casper, Wyoming
Eclipse Megamovie

Over 46,000 photos later, Megamovie makes history
The Eclipse Megamovie was a first-of-its kind citizen science project taking images of the total eclipse from coast to coast. In partnership with Google and UC Berkeley, the ASP trained 1,400 volunteers who submitted more than 46,000 photos! View the latest video , but that's not all. These photos are all available and free to use by scientists to study the solar atmosphere.  

Discover the passion behind the project -- Chasing Totality: The Making of the Megamovie
Members of the Sirius Astronomy Association and Astronomy Cast tour group work _and play_ together_ making creative eclipse viewers in Saluki Stadium_ Carbondale_ Illinois

Members of the Sirius Astronomy Association and Astronomy Cast tour group work (and play) together, making creative eclipse viewers in Saluki Stadium, Carbondale, Illinois  (Sirius Astronomy Association)
An eclipse for good
For many in the United States, seeing the 2017 Great American Eclipse was as easy as stepping outside and looking up. For a group of students and educators from Algeria, things were a little more complicated. Their extra efforts paid off, however, and 14 students and educators from the Sirius Astronomy Association were able to capture the Sun's corona thanks to a little help from the ASP.

In the summer of 2016, Algerian astronomer Jamal Mimouni asked US colleagues to please help him bring a group of students and amateur astronomers to the US for the eclipse.

Read the whole story >

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A visit from the Astronomical Society of France
ASP staff had a lovely visit with a small group from the Astronomical Society of France on their trek back from Utah to see the solar eclipse. Their Bay Area, California visit included stops at SETI, NASA Ames, and the Lick Observatory. After a tour of the ASP headquarters, they joined staff for dinner at a local hot spot to share in each other's programs and get to know one another. 

The Astronomical Society of France was established in 1887, just two years before the ASP.
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ASP Awards Gala and Bruce Medal
Tickets available through October 16! ASP Annual Awards Gala - October 28, 2017
Join us Saturday, October 28th for an evening of celebration as we honor the recipients of the ASP's 2017 awards for excellence in astronomy research and education. Tickets are available online through Monday October 16th.

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ASP 2017 Annual Meeting
Register today for ASP's 129th Annual Meeting!
Join us for ASP 2017: Beyond the Eclipse: Engaging Diverse and Underserved Communities in Astronomy and STEM December 5-8 in St. Louis, MO , at the Moonrise Hotel.   

This ASP 2017 conference will help us all look "beyond the 2017 eclipse" as a follow-up to last year's conference, which focused on how best to engage all underserved communities in the 2017 solar eclipse

Registration is open and late Abstracts are being accepted. 
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Coming Soon! Galileoscopes heading for the classroom
Funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the ASP's Teacher Learning Center is developing a series of professional development workshops for educators called From Pinholes to the Hubble Space Telescope: How Telescopes Work. Workshop participants will explore what pinhole viewers and giant telescopes have in common through using lenses to construct a basic model of a telescope. Every participating educator will receive a set of 24 Galileoscopes to use in their classroom or outreach program. Workshops will take place both in person and online. A series of complementary videos will support the professional development.

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A free workshop for early-career astronomers who want to do better outreach to students & the public - application deadline October 19
Sunday-Monday, 7-8 January 2018, in conjunction with the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, MD, near Washington, DC.

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is sponsoring a skill-building workshop -- and an ongoing community -- to support early-career astronomers in doing effective outreach to schools, families, and the public. Working with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Pacific Science Center, and other outreach organizations, the AAS Astronomy Ambassadors program (now in its sixth year) offers you two days of hands-on training, extensive resources, and pre-tested activities -- plus a like-minded group of peers.

More information >

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ASP in the News
Dr. George R. Carruthers

Credit: Len DePas
Dr. George R. Carruthers to receive the ASP's Arthur B.C. Walker II Award
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is proud to award the 2017 Arthur B.C. Walker II Award, for outstanding achievement in astronomy and education by an African American scientist, to Dr. George Carruthers, renowned astrophysicist, inventor and 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipient. 

  More information >
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Public invited to test new tool to study Earth using photos taken by International Space Station astronauts
CosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. 

Find out more >

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