• American Astronomical Society (AAS) The basic objective of the AAS is to promote the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science. The membership (~7,000) also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy.
  • Association for Astronomy Education (AAE) An organization committed to excellence in Astronomy Education at all levels, in particular with a focus on K-12 students. Membership consists mainly of educators with strong interests in using astronomy to enrich learning in their classrooms or other settings. The AAE is committed to excellence in professional development of teachers and informal educators, as well as to sharing astronomy directly with K-12 students and the general public.
  • Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) AURA is a consortium of universities, and educational and other non-profit institutions, that operates world-class astronomical observatories. Its mission is "To promote excellence in astronomical research by providing access to state-of-the-art facilities."
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) ASP seeks to increase the understanding and appreciation of astronomy by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public to advance science and science literacy. ASP's mission-based astronomy and space science education and public outreach activities work to promote science literacy through the enjoyment of astronomy.
  • European Astronomical Society (EAS) The purpose of the society is to contribute to and promote the advancement of astronomy in Europe.
  • Federation of Astronomical Societies (FAS) FAS aims to be a body of societies united in their attempts to help each other find the best ways of working for their common cause of creating a fully successful astronomical society.
  • International Astronomical Union (IAU) Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. Its individual members - structured in Divisions, Commissions, Working groups and Program Groups - are professional astronomers from all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, and active in professional research and education in astronomy.
  • Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. Its more than 3000 members (Fellows), a third based overseas, include scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others.
  • The Meteoritical Society A non-profit scholarly organization founded in 1933 to promote the study of extraterrestrial materials, including meteorites and space mission returned samples, and their history.
  • The Planetary Society Dedicated to exploring the solar system and seeking life beyond Earth, The Planetary Society is non-governmental and nonprofit and is funded by the support of its members.
  • Universities Space Research Association (USRA) A private, nonprofit corporation which current membership consists of 104 universities in the U.S. and abroad that have graduate programs in space-related sciences and/or engineering. USRA focuses on space-related technical competencies with the goal of expanding knowledge and developing technology for the benefit of the academic community, space-related industries, and NASA's mission to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research."

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