Press Releases

When a special skywatching event occurs or a particularly news-worthy article appears in Sky & Telescope magazine, we post a press release here. Most releases are also sent out via e-mail by the American Astronomical Society’s press officer, Richard Fienberg; freelance science journalists and accredited members of the media may contact the AAS to sign up for this service.

Below you may explore archived articles covering rare conjunctions to comets to meteor showers. If you choose to reference one of our press releases, please credit us and, if appropriate, include a link to

Quadrantid meteor finder chart

Quadrantid Meteors Set to Perform on January 4th

December 30, 2011 Contact: Alan M. MacRobert, Senior Editor   617-864-7360 x2151, Note to Editors/Producers: This release is accompanied by publication-quality graphics; see details at end. Celestially speaking, 2012 opens with a bang. The Quadrantid meteor shower, one of the best displays of "shooting stars" all year, will peak in the hours before dawn this…