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Astronomy Professional Associations
American Association of Variable Star Observers
The American Association of Variable Star Obsevers (AAVSO), headquartered in Cambridge, MA, coordinates, evaluates, compiles, processes, publishes, and disseminates variable star observations to the astronomical community throughout the world.
American Astronomical Society
The American Astronomical Society is an American society of professional astronomers and other interested individuals, headquartered in Washington, DC. Offers information about education and careers in astronomy.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is a nonprofit astronomy organization headquartered in San Francisco, connecting scientists, educators, amateur astronomers and the public.
National Space Society
The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.
Society of Physics Students
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics.
Astronomy Transfer Schools in Michigan
Other Subject Guides of Interest
Astronomy as a Career
AAS - Learn
This page, created by the American Astronomical Society, provides links for more information about careers in astronomy, including: internships, how to plan your education in astronomy in addition to a list of university astronomy departments, and employment.
Careers at NASA
Employment opportunities in the Nation's space program. Provides job lists, occupational descriptions, and general information including how to apply.
Episode 67: Building a Career in Astronomy
This podcast, produced by astronomycast.com, details what it takes to become an astronomer.
Links for women (and everyone else) in science
This webpage, created by Caltech offers a selection of resources for careers in astronomy and research programs, in addition to resources related to women in science.
Women in Astronomy
To learn more about women in astronomy visit the introductory resource guide created by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. This guide features print and web resources about women in astronomy, both past and present.
Work at JPL
To learn more about work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) including internships and fellowships and to find out how your field of study fits into JPL’s matrix environment, visit Work at JPL.
Famous Classical Astronomers
The Galileo Project, Rice University, is a source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642).
This CREDO Topic Page details the life of the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who is remembered for what are now known as Kepler's laws of motion.
Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish mathematician and astronomer, who is best known for his heliocentric model of the universe which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center.
This biographical Topic Page, produced by CREDO Reference, provides information about Tycho Brahe, who is most noted for his remarkably accurate measurements of the positions of stars and the movements of the planets.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information about careers in astronomy and related fields, including salary and job outlook.
Famous Modern Astronomers
Official site for the late astronomer. Includes a biography, and information on The Carl Sagan Foundation.
By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Learn more about Edwin Hubble (1889–1953), the Hubble Space Telescope's namesake, the man who made some of the most important discoveries in modern astronomy.
The official website of cosmologist Stephen Hawking, the author of "A Brief History of Time".
The Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Terrestrial Magnetism page for astronomer Vera Rubin, who is best known for her work on galaxy rotation rates.