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Explore Alliance Affiliate Organization - National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand

National Astronomy Research Institute of Thailand
First proposed in 1939 when members of eleven amateur astronomical societies met at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, a series of meetings was held, culminating in Philadelphia on July 4, 1947, where the federation came into being with the adoption of bylaws was adopted, the election of officers, and the name "Astronomical League" was selected. Shortly thereafter, the organization was incorporated as a non-profit organization.

Astronomer Harlow Shapley

Astronomer Harlow Shapley served as Interim President of the Astronomical League in 1947, succeeded by Edward Halbach in that same year. 

The Astronomical Leagues objective is to promote the science of astronomy

  • by fostering astronomical education
  • by providing incentives for astronomical observation and research
  • by assisting communication among amateur astronomical societies.

      The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large (which allows international members), Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world.

      Our basic goal is to encourage an interest in astronomy (and especially amateur astronomy) throughout America. Many people have seen pictures of the other planets in our Solar System from spacecraft, but have no idea that they too can see these objects with a telescope. We want people to get access to telescopes, whether it is through their local astronomical society, school, or their own instruments, and use them to view the beauty in the heavens.

      The mission of the Astronomical League is clearly stated in the masthead: to promote the science of Astronomy. 

      John Goss of the Astronomical League

      John Goss became involved with the world's largest federation of astronomy clubs, the Astronomical League, about 20 years ago, quickly finding himself elected as Secretary to the Mid-East Region of the Astronomical League. Through his leadership and devotion to the League he has served as both Vice President and President of the organization. Today John talks about the Astronomical League, its history, the conventions, and why you should become a member. Explore the Astronomical League: #explorenow #astronomicalleague #alcon #explorescientific

      Posted by Explore Scientific USA on Thursday, April 23, 2020


      Explore Scientific and the Explore Alliance sponsor two of the League's many prestigious awards:


      The major benefit of belonging to this organization is receiving the quarterly newsletter, The Reflector, which keeps you in touch with amateur activities all over the country. The chance to meet the people you read about, occurs during our annual National Convention or at one of the ten regional conventions that the AL sponsors. You may join the Astronomical League in one of the following ways:



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