Organizations and Societies

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Organizations and Societies

If you've come here looking for a local (UK) amateur astronomy society, try the BBC's guide to astronomical societies in the UK, or the Federation of Astronomical Societies.

Observatories are generally listed separately, as are details of groups and organizations affiliated to the RAS.
Listing here does not imply any endorsement by the RAS of the aims or policies of the societies and organizations listed.


oRAS: the Royal Astronomical Society The Royal Astronomical Society, founded in 1820, is the UK's professional body for astronomers and geophysicists.


oAAS: the American Astronomical Society The American Astronomical Society is the major professional organization in North America for astronomers, and includes a monthly Job Register, as well as a searchable membership directory. Publishes a number of journals, including the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal

oAmerican Geophysical Union (AGU) The Americal Geophysical Union is the major professional organization in North America for geophysicists.

oArmagh Planetarium

oAssociation for Astronomy Education (AAE) The AAE promotes public education in Astronomy, and supports the teaching of Astronomy to students at all levels of education.

oBAA: the British Astronomical Association British Astronomical Association, a UK amateur astronomy organization, with its own Journal

oBNSC The British National Space Centre.

oCaSE The Campaign for Science and Engineering, a pressure group aiming to improve the scientific health of the UK. (Formally Save British Science)

oCDS The Center de Donnees astronomiques de Strasbourg -- a major source of astronomical bibliograpic and database services, including Simbad.

oCHARA The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy.

oCCP7 Collaborative Computational Project no. 7, concerned with the calculation of theoretical models suitable for the interpretation of stellar and interstellar spectra.

oCOSPAR The Committee On Space Research

oCNES Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (the French space agency)

oCSA Canadian Space Agency

oCSIRO The Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (supporting the Australia Telescope National Facility).

oDLR Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center)

oESA European Space Agency, including Space Science Division and Launch information

oESO: the European Southern Observatory ESO maintains optical/IR telescopes in Chile, at La Silla and at Paranal, home of the Very Large Telescope (VLT)

oFederation of Astronomical Societies. (FAS) Federation of UK amateur-astronomy societies.

oHM National Almanac Office HMNAO is responsible for producing the annual Astronomical Almanac and a variety of other data.

oIAU The International Astronomical Union, promotes international cooperation and collaboration in astronomy. The RAS is the UK adhering body to the IAU.

(Membership directory)

oICSU The International Council for Scientific Unions. Astronomy interests are represented on ICSU through the IAU

oIKI IKI is the Russian Space Research Institute.

oISAS The Japanese Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (see also NASDA).

oThe Mars Society The Mars Society

oNASA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

oNASDA National Space Development Agency of Japan (see also ISAS).

oNOAA The US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration pages, including the Space Environment Center, which offers near-real-time 'space weather' information (solar imagery, auroral activity, etc.).

oNOAO The US National Optical Astronomy Observatories

oThe National Space Centre The National Space Centre in Leicester makes a strong claim to be the UK's largest attraction dedicated to space science and astronomy

oPPARC The UK's Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council, includes information on Astronomy Programme (AstroNews etc.)

oThe Planetary Society The Planetary Society.

oThe Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada caters for both professional and amateur members.

oRoyal Observatory Edinburgh Includes outreach material from the vistor centre.

oRoyal Observatory Greenwich The Royal Observatory Greewich, home of zero longitude

oThe Royal Society Royal Society, the independent UK academy promoting natural and applied sciences

oSEDS 'Students for the Exploration and Development of Space' (also UKSEDS), an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space - includes lots of useful links.

oThe Society for the History of Astronomy Promoting academic, educational and popular interest in the history of the science of astronomy and related subjects.

oSociety for Popular Astronomy (SPA) The Society for Popular Astronomy has over 2500 members of all ages and all astronomical abilities, and especially welcomes those beginning an interest in astronomy. The Web site lists what's in the night sky, and all the latest amateur astronomy news.

oSpaceWeather.Com Science news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.

oStarlink Starlink provides and distributes a wide range of astronomical software.

Starlink Documentation Up-to-date copies of Starlink User Notes, General Papers, User Guides etc., kept on-line at RAL.
Application Programmers' Pages An index of web pages maintained by the Starlink Application Programmers.

oST-ECF: the Space Telescope European Co-ordinating Facility The ECF co-ordinates and supports European activities in connection with the Space Telescope (see also the Space Telescope Science Institute and the UK Support Facility in Cambridge.)

oSTScI: the Space Telescope Science Institute Among other functions, the STScI operates the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). (See also the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility in Garching and the UK Support Facility in Cambridge.)

oUK SPACE The UK space industry web site

oURSI The International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale).

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