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Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome the following new members into the AAVSO family.

New members who joined between February 1 and February 28

Mr. Aishwarya Linesh Thakur


Program Committee Report to Membership February 2015

February 3, 2015

The AAVSO Program Committee spent many months evaluating the AAVSO's programs and activities. This committee has now released its report. A pdf version of the report may be found at

Program Committee Report to the Membership


New membership classifications, benefits and dues

There have been some changes in membership classifications, benefits and dues for the 2014 membership year.

Regular Annual dues will now be $75.00. The annual Sustaining membership rate will be raised to $150.00. If you are an educator, student, have a limited income or you are on a pension, your dues will be $37.50 per year.

The AAVSO Strategy and Operations Survey Results

Survey Says - The AAVSO Strategy and Operations Survey

by Kevin Paxson

Demographic Survey Results and Google Map

In late 2011 we asked you to fill out a membership demographic survey. Participation in the survey was remarkable, with 615 people responding. An analysis of the results have recently been submitted to the JAAVSO and accepted for publication. A pre-print can be downloaded via the link below.

Also, Kevin Paxson created a Google Map of members and observers, which can be viewed via the link below:

Join the AAVSO for half off!

From now until April 30, 2012, new members can join the AAVSO for half off the usual price of annual dues. 

Your total cost will be just $40.00. ($30.00 for 2012 dues and a one time $10.00 processing fee. This offer is only for new members.

Within a week or so (depending on where you live) you will receive your new member kit, which includes:

Please Take Our Demographic Survey

We are conducting a survey to learn more about the demographics of our members, observers and anyone affiliated with or interested in the AAVSO. Information may be used for purposes such as making strategic plans for the AAVSO, writing grant applications, planning observing campaigns, writing papers about our membership, etc.

Identifiable survey data will never be shared with anyone outside of the AAVSO.

Minor Planet Pebble

AAVSO member, observer and science educator Dr. Pebble Richwine has had a minor planet named in her honor - 268242 Pebble. Pebble did her PhD in science education at the University of Arizona where her dissertation was on using variable stars in elementary school science education. She's given talks at many AAVSO meetings and is currently a science educator in Georgia.

Here is the official citation:

membership renewal

Looking to Renew Your AAVSO Membership?


Thank you for looking to renew your membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers! Perhaps more than other organizations our members mean a lot to us because they are the ones who give the organization its reason for being. Rather than being an organization that serves its members, the membership of the AAVSO is an active part of the organization by its definition with their support and observations. We're glad you're here!

To Renew:


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