AAA President Message – January 2020

Dear AAA Members,

Happy New Year and Merry Perihelion!  I look forward to celebrating with you at the January 9 Member’s Holiday Party.

Several AAA observers braved the cold for the Hayden Winter Solstice event on December 20, which you can read more about in upcoming posts on Eyepiece. I enjoyed hearing great compliments from the crowds about our observers, and want to pass along a huge thank you to everyone who helped out that night.

Congratulations to AAA astrophotographers Chirag Upreti and Alexander Krivenyshev on their recognition in’s 100 Best Space Photos of 2019! AAA’s Astrophotography Group is rich with talent, and generous with guidance. If you’d like to learn about and get more involved in astrophotography, you can join the group here.

Many of us have Membership renewals due this month – please check your email for reminders and payment options. If you have any question, please contact [email protected]. You can check your status or make a financial contribution at any time in the Member Portal.  If you’d like to contribute to AAA in other ways, visit the Volunteer page to see how your time and skills can be utilized in realizing AAA’s mission. This page will be updated regularly as projects and needs evolve.

Our first class of 2020, Astronomy Smorgasbord, begins January 8 and is currently open for registration.

Believe it or not, we’re already starting to plan for the 2020 observing season. Thanks to all the observers, site chairs and other supporters who make our public observing events happen! If you’d like to join in the pre-season planning, mark your calendars for January 27 & 29. You can also check or subscribe to the AAA calendar for all club events, and the Astronomy NYC calendar for more astronomy events in the New York City area.

Clear Skies,
Irene Pease
AAA President