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The AAS operates an electronic press-release-distribution service. We forward to accredited reporters and appropriate institutional public-information officers (PIOs) press releases on astronomy and space science from universities, observatories, government agencies, and scientific societies. We also provide press subscriptions to AAS-published journals, as described below.

The AAS press list numbers approximately 2,400 journalists and PIOs worldwide with astronomy and space science on their beat. The list is not available for rental, nor is it shared with third parties.

To subscribe to the AAS press-release-distribution service, for which there is no charge, please send an email to with your name, media affiliation, mailing address, email address, and phone number. Or simply fill out our sign-up form:

Join the AAS Press List

Only accredited journalists (who must agree in writing to respect publication embargoes) and institutional public-information officers (PIOs) are eligible to receive press releases forwarded by the AAS. (Working scientists who write/blog/etc. for the public may be added to the press list at the AAS Press Officer's discretion.) You may unsubscribe at any time by replying to that effect to any press release we forward to you.

Press Releases

Press releases are sent in plain-text format without attachments. Most releases include World Wide Web addresses of illustrations and other resources. We also distribute links to press releases via our Twitter account @AAS_Press and post them to the Astronomy in the News section of our home page.

PIOs: See our instructions for sending press releases to the AAS for forwarding to our press list.

Forwarding a press release does not imply endorsement of the contents by the Society.

AAS Journals

Qualified journalists may apply for access to the electronic editions of the Astrophysical Journal (including ApJ Letters and the ApJ Supplement Series) and the Astronomical Journal through the EurekAlert! service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Complimentary press subscriptions will be granted upon accreditation by the AAAS as a EurekAlert! registered user and subsequent approval by the AAS. This service is not available to freelance science writers who are substantially employed in astronomy or related fields.