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 

2016-2017 Speakers

Friday, September 30, 2016 David Kaiser

“Quantum Jitters in the Sky: The Big Bang, Cosmic Inflation, and the Latest Observations”

Friday, November 4, 2016 Stan Honda and Tony Hoffman
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
“In the Shadow of the Moon: The Lure of Solar Eclipses”
Friday, December 2, 2016

Jillian Bellovary
American Museum of Natural History
Queensborough Community College

“Gravitational Waves: Ripples in Space-Time”

Friday, January 6, 2017

Jerry Bonnell

“2016 Astronomy Picture of the Day”
Friday, February 3, 2017

Maryam Modjaz
New York University

“Cosmic Fireworks: Explosions from Massive Stars”

Friday, March 3, 2017

James O’Brien
Wentworth Institute of Technology

“Alternatives to Dark Matter”

Friday, April 7, 2017

Emily Rice
College of Staten Island

“Brown Dwarfs: Cooler than the Coolest Stars”
Friday, May 5, 2017
(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)
David Spergel
Princeton University

“Taking the Universe’s Baby Picture”

Current lecture series:
Lecture Series 2016-2017 

Previous lecture series:

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