The “Super Bowl of Astronomy,” The American Astronomical Society Meets in Long Beach
2013-01-07 · By Editor
Long Beach is the “Waterfront Center of Southern California,” and from now thru January 11, 2013 it’ll be the celestial center of attention too. That’s when the American Astronomical Society (AAS) gathers for its 221st meeting at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. More than 2,800 astronomers, educators, students, and journalists are registered to attend, and more than 1,900 prize and invited talks, oral presentations, posters, and workshops will be presented. Attendees are tweeting from the meeting with the hashtag #aas221.
The public is invited to join the festivities by attending “Space Science and Public Policy,” a special session featuring presentations by two members of Congress from California: Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who has a Ph.D. and represents the district that includes Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who serves on the House authorization committee with jurisdiction over NASA and the National Science Foundation, which fund most astronomy research in the United States. The session will be held on Wednesday evening, January 9th, at 8 p.m. PST in the Grand Ballroom at the Long Beach Convention Center and is free and open to the public.