Enthusiasm for observational astronomy, curiosity about cosmology, achievements with CCD imaging and technology. These and all other aspects of astronomy are interests shared by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton. The club is based in Princeton, (Mercer County) New Jersey.
This organization of 100 + promotes astronomy-related activities for members and non-members, novice to expert. A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional star parties.
Come explore our web site. Here you'll find details about our organization's meetings, discussion topics, members and their scopes, and a lot more. Our organization maintains two observatories: the larger in Washington Crossing State Park (housing a research-grade 355mm Schmidt-Cassegrain catadioptric and historic 159mm Hastings-Byrne refractor). A second facility is found at Jenny Jump State Park in northwestern New Jersey. This houses a 318mm custom-built Newtonian reflector.
Read about the AAAP in this article from a recent issue of Princeton U.S. 1.
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|Tuesday - December 10, 2013 --- 8:00 PM ALERT: TONIGHT'S MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Derrick Pitts - Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director: The Franklin Institute
Our speaker this month will be Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at The Franklin Institute, who will present a talk entitled "TMT and the Galileoscope: Big Scope for Big Work, Small Scopes for the Most Important Work". He will pose the question: "With more huge scopes on the horizon to dig deeper into the universe's secrets, who's going to operate them if we don't cultivate a new crop of inquisitive investigators?" Derrick Pitts has held numerous positions in academic and community organizations including serving as president of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. and on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater St. Lawrence University and Widener University. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor’s Liberty Bell, the St. Lawrence University Distinguished Alumni Award, the G. W. Carver Medal and Please Touch Museum’s “Great Friend To Kids” Award.
Pitts was inducted into the Germantown Historical Society Hall of Fame and selected as one of the “50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science” by Science Spectrum Magazine in 2004. He received the 2010 David Rittenhouse Award and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from LaSalle University in 2011. Pitts was named a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Solar System Ambassador. He has appeared on many national television shows as a science expert including the Comedy Channel’s “Colbert Report” and “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Pitts served as a regular contributor on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olberman as well as programs on CNN International and MSNBC.
|September 2013 through June 2014 Monthly Meeting Season (at Peyton Hall)|
Peyton Hall (right) is the location of the 2013 - 2014 AAAP monthly meetings. The building is home to the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and is located just east of Washington Road, adjacent to Palmer Stadium, on the Princeton University campus. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month and begin promptly at 8:00 PM in the lecture hall (first floor) of Peyton.
Meetings start with brief announcements of general interest, followed by a guest speaker presentation. After the guest speaker, the general meeting commences, reviewing current and future club activities, astronomy news, and public outreach projects. Regular attendees of the lectures are encouraged to become paid members to support these popular speaking events. Please email the AAAP for additional details.
Princeton University students also host a telescope open house at Peyton Hall concurrent to the end of our meeting. If the sky is clear, stop up to glimpse the universe.
The Simpson Observatory Public Open House schedule has ended, for the 2013 season.. Our thanks to all the guests who visited use during this observing year.
Public nights will resume April 4th, 2014. The facility is located in Washington Crossing State Park, a few miles outside Pennington, NJ.
Guests are shown a myriad of astronomical wonders including planets, The Moon, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and much more. Learn the seasonal constellations and how to identify them. AAAP astronomers operate a 6.25" Hastings Byrne refractor and a research-grade Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain on a Bisque Paramount ME mount. AAAP members often set up additional equipment adjacent to the observatory. Visitors are welcome to bring telescopes.
For directions, and further details, please visit the observatory page.