Mission: Improving science literacy through education and public outreach programs advancing the public understanding in the science and study of astronomy since 1889; collecting and publishing information concerning the science of astronomy; defraying expenses of expeditions for the purpose of observing astronomical phenomena.
Programs: The astronomical society of the pacific offers several innovative educational programs which support astronomers, teachers, and other science educators.
cosmoquest - "cosmoquest: engaging students & the public through a virtual research facility" is a 4-year cooperative agreement with nasa led by the society in collaboration with the mcdonald observatory at the university of texas, the planetary science institute, the southern illinois university edwardsville, the youngstown state university - ward beecher planetarium. This cooperative agreement funds the development of citizen science projects, and supports eductaional materials, as well as community projects. This program allows people of all backgrounds to learn science, and participate in a research community that advances nasa science mission directorate (smd) scientific endeavors, and thus increases the public's understanding of nasa's smd science, and appreciation of the scientific process, while providing opportunities for them to interact with relevant subject matter experts.
my sky tonight - an educational effort by the society funded by a national science foundation grant which provides science/nature centers and children's museums with new and innovative ways to provide astronomy programming to their youngest visitors, 3-5 year olds. Both the professional development workshops and the activities are being created by the society in collaboration with early childhood researchers from penn state, uc santa cruz, and cal poly san luis obispo.