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Project ASTRO: Organizational Information and Contacts

ASP Context. Project ASTRO is a project of the non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP). ASP was founded in 1889 and now has members in 50 states and more than 60 countries. It is unique in bringing together scientists, educators, amateur astronomers, and thousands of others who are intrigued by the universe and eager to share the wonder of astronomy.

ASP's annual meeting, held at a different astronomical institution each year, brings together the many facets of the ASP. It includes informal talks by noted astronomers, a trade-show exhibition of astronomy-related products, workshops for teachers that feature hands-on astronomy activities, and a three-day technical symposium for professionals on current research topics.

ASP has an active public information outreach program that provides answers to astronomical questions from a wide-ranging audience of school children, science journalists, amateur skywatchers, and other interested members of the public. Information packets are available from ASP on a variety of topics, from black holes to women in astronomy The ASP journal, Mercury Magazine, is available to all members.

ASP education programs include Project ASTRO, production of The Universe in the Classroom teachers' newsletter, education outreach for the SOFIA Project (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Laboratory, and other educational materials -- books, posters, videotapes, software, CD-ROMs, slide sets, gift items, and observing aids -- all described in the ASP Catalog.

Project ASTRO Contacts. Additional information about Project ASTRO and its activities can be obtained from the national office of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The address is

Project ASTRO
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112

The phone numbers are:

Shannon Lalor, Project ASTRO Coordinator
415-337-1100, ext. 121
Messages: 415-337-9218

FAX and e-mail are:

FAX: 415-337-5205
e-mail for Andrew Fraknoi, Project Director,
e-mail for Shannon Lalor, Project Coordinator,

Website: Project ASTRO of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

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