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 

2014-2015 Speakers

Friday, October 10, 2014 Mercedes Richards
Penn State University
“Exploring the Magic of Tomography from Medicine to Astronomy”
Friday, November 14, 2014 David Gaynes
Independent Documentary FilmmakerView the film at http://www.savinghubble.com/
“Hubble Lives! A Filmmaker Explores the Scientific, Political and Spiritual Impact of the World’s Greatest Telescope in its Darkest Hour.”
Friday, December 5, 2014 David Hogg
New York University
“How many Earth-like planets are there in our Galaxy?”
Friday, January 9, 2015 Jerry Bonnell
“2014 Astronomy Picture of the Day”
Friday, February 6, 2015 Andrew Baker
Rutgers University
“Revealing Hidden Galaxies in the Distant Universe”
Friday, March 6, 2015 Neelima Sehgal
Stony Brook University
“Understanding Dark Matter, Neutrinos, and Inflation with CMB Observations”
Friday, April 17, 2015 Robert Fisher
University of Massachusetts
“Exploding Stars and the Accelerating Cosmos”
Friday, May 1, 2015
(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)
Jacqueline van Gorkom
Columbia University
“Gas and galaxy evolution: from Voids to Clusters”

Current lecture series:
Lecture Series 2014-2015 

Previous lecture series:
Lecture Series 2013-2014
Lecture Series 2012-2013
Lecture Series 2011-2012
Lecture Series 2010-2011
Lecture Series 2009-2010