Lecture Series at the American Museum of Natural History


The Amateur Astronomers Association is proud to present an astronomy lecture series from October through May each year for our members and the public. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission to the lecture is free, and no reservations or tickets are required.

The lectures are held at the Kaufmann Theater of the American Museum of Natural History, on Central Park West between 77th and 81st streets. Please use the 77th Street entrance. Lectures begin at 6:15 p.m. and run to 8:00 p.m. Generally, lectures take place on the first Friday of the month.

Each year one lecture is designated the John Marshall Memorial Lecture, to honor a former president of the association.

Chair: David Kraft 

2017-2018 Speakers

Friday, October 6, 2017 Suvrath Mahadevan
Pennsylvania State University

The Songs of Distant Earths

Friday, November 10, 2017 Paul Wiita
The College of New Jersey
Measuring and Modeling Variability in Quasars and Blazars
Friday, December 1, 2017

Rebecca Oppenheimer
American Museum of Natural History

The Word Planet is No Longer Meaningful

Friday, January 5, 2018

Robert Nemiroff

Michigan Technological University

“Astronomy Picture of the Day, 2017”
Friday, February 2, 2018

Daniel Savin

Columbia University

A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos

Friday, March 2, 2018

(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)

Neta Bahcall

Princeton University

“The Dark Side of the Universe”

Friday, April 6, 2018

Jay Pasachoff

Williams College

The Great American Eclipse of 2017 and Others
Friday, May 4, 2018 Charles Liu
College of Staten Island

The End of Star Formation

Current lecture series:
Lecture Series 2017-2018 


Previous lecture series:

Lecture Series 2016-2017 
Lecture Series 2015-2016 
Lecture Series 2014-2015
Lecture Series 2013-2014
Lecture Series 2012-2013
Lecture Series 2011-2012
Lecture Series 2010-2011
Lecture Series 2009-2010