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The list of NASA-related 2013 American Astronomical Society Meeting press briefings is below. All NASA press briefing information and multimedia will be available online before each briefing.

General information for news media provided by AAS can be viewed at http://aas.org/meetings/aas221.

U.S. and international reporters who cannot attend the AAS meeting may participate in all press briefings via Web stream. For instructions, click here. Reporters requesting interviews with scientists at the AAS Meeting should call the AAS Press Room at 562-499-7730.

All meeting times are listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

TOWN HALL MEETINGS: These interactive sessions provide opportunities for astronomers to discuss issues of public policy with representatives of funding agencies and national observatories, or to consider other issues of concern to the community. All town hall meetings are held in Rooms 104A, B, or C on Level 1 of the Long Beach Convention Center.

Monday, Jan. 7:
  • NASA Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS) Gravitational Wave & X-ray Astronomy Town Hall; 12:45 p.m., Room 104B
  • NASA Kepler Mission Town Hall; 6:30 p.m., Room 104C
Tuesday, Jan. 8:
  • NASA Town Hall; 12:45 p.m., Room 104A
Wednesday, Jan 9:
  • NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Town Hall; 12:45 p.m., Room 104A
  • NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Town Hall; 12:45 p.m., Room 104B



PRESS BRIEFING SUMMARIES: The following are topics and speakers of NASA-related news conferences - some details are subject to change. Briefings are held in Room 204, Level 2, Long Beach Convention Center.

Exoplanets Coming & Going Everywhere
Monday, January 7, 2013 -- 10:30 a.m. PST

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field Gets Deeper
Monday, January 7, 2013 -- 12:45 p.m. PST

A High-Energy Astrophysics Extravaganza
Monday, January 7, 2013 -- 2:30 p.m. PST

Journey To The Center Of The Galaxy
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 -- 12:45 p.m. PST

Exoplanets From Dust Grains To Brown Dwarfs
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 -- 2:30 p.m. PST

Galaxies In The Extreme
Thursday, January 10, 2013 -- 12:45 p.m. PST



Exoplanets Coming & Going Everywhere
Date/Time: Monday, January 7, 2013 -- 10:30 a.m. PST

Topic: Planet Candidates Observed by Kepler: Two Years of Precision Photometry
Speaker: Christopher Burke (SETI Institute)
Paper Number: 216.02
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The Hubble Ultra Deep Field Gets Deeper
Date/Time: Monday, January 7, 2013 -- 12:45 p.m. PST

Topic: Hubble’s First View of the Universe to Redshifts 12
Speaker: Richard Ellis (Caltech)
Paper Number: 207.01



A High-Energy Astrophysics Extravaganza
Date/Time: Monday, January 7, 2013 -- 2:30 p.m. PST

Topic: First Results from The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission
Speaker: Fiona Harrison (Caltech)
Paper Number: 209.01
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Topic: The Rotating Spiral Structure of the Vela Pulsar Jet
Speaker: Oleg Kargaltsev (George Washington University)
Paper Number: TBD
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Topic: The Gamma-Ray Activity of a High-Redshift Quasar
Speaker: Alan Marscher (Boston University)
Paper Number: 430.05
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Journey To The Center Of The Galaxy
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 -- 12:45 p.m. PST

Topic: SOFIA/FORCAST Observations of the Quintuplet Cluster
Speaker: Matthew Hankins (University of Central Arkansas)
Paper Number: 254.02

Topic: SOFIA/FORCAST Imaging of the Circumnuclear Disk at the Galactic Center
Speaker: Ryan Lau (Cornell University)
Paper Number: 254.01
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Exoplanets From Dust Grains To Brown Dwarfs
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 -- 2:30 p.m. PST

Topic: HST and Spitzer Mapping of Brown Dwarf Atmospheres
Speaker: Daniel Apai (University of Arizona)
Paper Number: 159.28
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Topic: New Hubble Coronagraphic Images of Fomalhaut b and the Dust Belt
Speaker: Paul Kalas (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
Paper Number: 324.02
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Topic: Asteroid Belts in Debris Disk Twins: Vega and Fomalhaut
Speaker: Kate Su (University of Arizona)
Paper Number: 403.04
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Galaxies In The Extreme
Date/Time: Thursday, January 10, 2013 -- 12:45 p.m. PST

Topic: WISE Discovers Hyperluminous Hot DOGs
Speaker: Peter Eisenhardt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Paper Number: 430.08