The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is a professional organization for astronomers and astrophysicists in the United States. It was founded in 1899 and is based in Washington, D.C. The AAS represents a diverse group of scientists, including researchers at universities, national laboratories, and observatories, as well as those working in industry and government. The society has more than 7,000 members.
The AAS mission is to "enhance and share humanity's scientific understanding of the universe." The organization achieve its mission by:
- Promoting the advancement of astronomy and astrophysics through research and education
- Providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among astronomers and astrophysicists
- Advocating for the support of astronomical research and education
- Serving as the primary voice of the astronomical community in the United States
- Offering resources, including professional development opportunities, to its members
The AAS publishes several scientific journals including "The Astrophysical Journal" and "The Astronomical Journal", and also issue Press Release for important astronomical events, also the society offers a variety of other services to its members such as travel grants, career resources, and science advocacy training.
The AAS holds an annual meeting to allow for the presentation of recent scientific research and the exchange of ideas and information among its members, as well as other professional development opportunities such as workshops and educational programs. The AAS also participates in various public outreach activities, such as issuing press releases on breaking astronomical news and hosting public lectures.