Lecture Series 2014-2015


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, with occasional exceptions when that date would create a conflict.
Each year one lecture is designated the John Marshall Memorial Lecture, to honor a former president of the association.


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 Filmmaker
“Hubble Lives! A Filmmaker Explores the Scientific, Political and Spiritual Impact of the World’s Greatest Telescope in its Darkest Hour.”
View the film at http://www.savinghubble.com/


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

Do you want a prime seat for this AAA lecture?
Amateur Astronomer Association is pleased to announce we will be offering select, limited reserved seating for current AAA members for the Friday, January 9, 2015 AAA Lecture entitled Jerry Bonnell “2014 Astronomy Picture of the Day”. We will be happy to accommodate the first 50 AAA members who arrive. Historically, this lecture is ‘Standing Room Only’, so please arrive by 6:15 for reserved, prime seating.


Friday, February 6, 2014
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”
Click here for the slides used on this lecture.


Friday, April 17, 2015
Robert Fisher
University of Massachusetts
“Exploding Stars and the Accelerating Cosmos”


Friday, May 1, 2015
Jacqueline van Gorkom
(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)
Columbia University
“Gas and galaxy evolution: from Voids to Clusters”