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Welcome to the subject research guide for Astronomy!
This guide will assist you in conducting research and in using the Wellesley College Library resources and services effectively. Use the tabs above to start exploring the variety of tools and resources to assist you with your research.
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List of Professional Organizations
American Astronomical Society
The American Astronomical Society is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America.
Committee on the Status of Women (AAS)
The Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy was established in 1979. Our charge is to recommend to the AAS Board of Trustees practical measures that can be taken to improve the status of women in astronomy and encourage their entry into this field.
International Astronomical Union
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. Its individual Members — structured into Divisions, Commissions, and Working Groups — are professional astronomers from all over the world.
Royal Astronomical Society
The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
ASP is an advocacy organization that believes astronomy is a fundamentally democratic science, with the cosmos equally accessible to all people regardless of age, gender, background, ethnicity, economic status, or abilities. ASP envisions a world where people of all ages and backgrounds engage in astronomy and share their passion for astronomy with others. Through its materials, resources, and programs, the ASP promotes public science interest, engagement, and literacy through the awe and wonder of astronomy and related fields.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Their purpose is to ignite and celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration, and its importance to our way of life.
List of other Labs & Professional Societies
A long list of societies, labs, and other groups based worldwide.
Student Library Research Awards
2021 submissions are open!
These awards were created to reward students who take the time to develop a thoughtful, methodical, and scholarly approach to the research needed for their papers and projects, as well as to encourage students to develop good research techniques.
Find out more at the Student Library Research Awards site