People, Places, and Events

Astronomy’s stars aren’t all blazing balls of gas in space—some of them are people. It’s people who make astronomy more than cold science. Many individuals, from John Dobson to Jean Texereau, have left their mark on the amateur astronomy community, and many more currently contribute.

Here you’ll find the latest on the people who shape astronomy and where, when, and how to meet up with your fellow astronomers. We’ll keep you up to speed on major star parties and expo events, such as the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF), which several of our editors attend every year. You’ll also find here our tributes to the late and great of astronomy, the people who have inspired us and transformed the astronomy world in indelible ways.

2013 Astronomy Day celebration in Boston

Spring Astronomy Day 2017!

Amateur astronomy clubs, planetariums, science museums, and parks celebrate Astronomy Day twice a year, when the public is invited to come learn about the sky and view through telescopes.

Daryll LaCourse, Kepler data miner.

Planet Hunter Wins Amateur Research Award

The Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award, issued annually by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) "for exemplary research by an amateur astronomer" if there is a suitable candidate, goes to Darryll LaCourse of Marysville, Washington.