American Astronomical Society

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is a society in the USA consisting of professional astronomers and astronomical scientists. Headquartered in Washington, DC AAS aims to advance astronomy and related science and advocacy . The AAS was founded in 1899 by George Ellery Hale . She is the editor of the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal .

The AAS has around 7,000 members and is divided into six departments (as of 2013):

  • Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS, founded 1968)
  • Division on Dynamical Astronomy (DDA, 1969)
  • High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD, 1969)
  • Solar Physics Division (SPD, 1969)
  • Historical Astronomy Division (HAD, 1980)
  • Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD, 2012)

The AAS organizes large specialist conferences for its members twice a year, and there are also departmental events.


The AAS awards a number of awards, including:


The asteroid (3654) AAS was named after the company.

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