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 

2015-2016 Speakers

Friday, October 16, 2015 David Eicher
Editor in Chief, Astronomy

“The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy’s Big Questions“

Friday, November 6, 2015 Stella Offner
University of Massachusetts
“Our Lonely Sun: Exploring Why Many Stars are Born with Siblings”
Friday, December 4, 2015

Bret Lehmer

“The Story of Galaxy Evolution from an X-ray Perspective”

Friday, January 8, 2016

Robert Nemiroff
Michigan Technological University

“2015 Astronomy Picture of the Day”
Friday, February 5, 2016

Alexander Hubbard
American Museum of Natural History

“Asteroids: Rubble on the Road from Stardust to Planets”

Friday, March 4, 2016
(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)

Giorgi Dvali
New York University

“The Secret Quantum Life of Black Holes”

Friday, April 1, 2016

Niel Brandt
Pennsylvania State University

“A Good Hard Look at Cosmic Supermassive Black Hole Growth”
Friday, May 6, 2016 Priyamvada Natarayan 
Yale University

“Unravelling the Nature of Dark Matter”

Current lecture series:
Lecture Series 2015-2016 

Previous lecture series:

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