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Public Talks
Most Fridays (year round):
AAI members make
informal presentations at Sperry Observatory beginning at 8:30 p.m.  (See "Fridays At Sperry" schedule)

Presentations For Youth Groups:
By prior arrangement, talks suitable for younger audiences can be scheduled at 7:00 p.m. These presentations range in subject from Solar System objects to the constellations.


Groups are urged to contact the scheduler to confirm the availability of space.

On the third Friday of each month from September through May:
AAI holds its monthly
General Membership Meeting at which a featured speaker from outside the organization presents a topic of interest in astronomy or a related field. The meeting is held on the Cranford, New Jersey campus of Union County College in either the Main Lecture Hall or in the Roy Smith Theater. See description below.

A brief business meeting is held at 8:00 p.m., and it is followed by the speaker's presentation. There is no admission charge. All are welcome to attend, and there is plenty of free parking.

After the meeting, all are invited across campus to Sperry Observatory for an informal time of refreshments, conversation, and observing. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the speaker one-on-one and to learn more about AAI from our members. 

Contact AAI Vice President Aaron Zuckerman for more information.


Fr. Paul Mueller
Fr. Paul Mueller
April 15, 2016

“The Vatican Observatory: Science, Religion, History”

Fr. Paul Mueller
Vatican Observatory


8:00p.m. Roy Smith Theater

“The Vatican Observatory: Science, Religion, History” The Vatican Observatory, currently staffed by a dozen Jesuit scientists, has existed in various forms and locations since the Gregorian calendar reform late in the 16th century. This talk will trace the history of the Observatory: Why does the Vatican maintain an astronomical Observatory, and why was the Observatory founded to begin with? It will also offer some reflections concerning ways to think about relations between science and religious faith.


Click here for the complete General Membership Meeting schedule of speakers.

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