Lecture Series 2016-2017


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, September 30, 2016
David Kaiser
MIT
“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
NASA
2016 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 6, 2017 AAA Lecture entitled Jerry Bonnell “2016 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 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
David Spergel
(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)
Princeton University
“Taking the Universe’s Baby Picture”