Lecture Series 2017-2018

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. The lecture on November 10, 2017 is such a case and falls on the second Friday of that month.

Each year one lecture is designated the John Marshall Memorial Lecture, to honor a former president of the association. The lecture on March 2, 2018 received that designation this season.


Friday, October 6, 2017
Suvrath Mahadevan
Pennsylvania State University
The Songs of Distant Earths

Friday, November 10, 2017
Paul Wiita
The College of New Jersey
Measuring and Modeling Variability in Quasars and Blazars

Friday, December 1, 2017
Rebecca Oppenheimer
American Museum of Natural History
The Word Planet is No Longer Meaningful

Friday, January 5, 2018
Robert Nemiroff
Michigan Technological University
Astronomy Picture of the Day, 2017

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 5, 2018 AAA Lecture entitled “Astronomy Picture of the Day 2017” presented by Robert Nemiroff. 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 2, 2018
Daniel Savin
Columbia University
A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos

Friday, March 2, 2018 (*)
Neta Bahcall
(* John Marshall Memorial Lecture)
Princeton University
“The Dark Side of the Universe”

Friday, April 6, 2018
Jay Pasachoff
Williams College
The Great American Eclipse of 2017 and Others

Friday, May 4, 2018
Charles Liu
College of Staten Island
The End of Star Formation