Join us for for our next meeting on February 25th, 2017 at 4 pm in Room B of the Charlie Elliott Conference Center

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February Meeting

Galaxy Season!

We’re all quite familiar with how the Moon orbits around the Earth every 29.53 days (a Synodic month).  We’re also familiar with how the known planets orbit the Sun and how they appear to travel across the sky in the morning and evening throughout the year.  But you may not know that galaxies are in orbit as well.  Georgia State University’s Dr. Merida Batiste will join us on February 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. in Conference Room B to discuss her research on galactic superclusters, what they are, how we figured out that galaxies were in motion in an organized manner, what galaxy clusters many of the objects we typically observe and image during “galaxy season” belong to, and how they’re moving through space.

Dr. Batiste is originally form the UK and moved to the United States as a junior in high school and has lived here ever since.  She wasn’t terribly interested in science as a kid and admits that math was her worst subject hands down, so she ended up attending a performing arts school in the UK and had aspirations to become an “A” List actor and a best-selling novelist.  Shortly after she arrived in America, she saw the movie Contact and everything changed!  She realized that being an astronomer was a job that women did and a job that she could do too.  From that point, her focus shifted to the math and science classes necessary to continue on to college and evetually earned an undergraduate degree in Physics from Kenyon College, a graduate degree in Physics from the University of Maine where she conducted research on the largest gravitationally bound structure in the known universe.  After she earned the really, really expensive title of “Doctor,” she moved to Georgia to work with our friend Dr. Misty Bentz, whom some of you may remember, to study the connection between supermassive black holes and their “host” galaxies.  But, she still sucks at math…which means there’s hope for me yet!

All of the Above!

Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor David Whalen will reprise his stand up comedy and dance routine and might even talk about what you can expect to see in the sky this month with binoculars and small telescopes, as well as the monthly observing challenge.

Observing After the Meeting

All are invited to Jon Wood Astronomy Field immediately after the meeting (weather-permitting). As always, the event is free and everyone is welcome.

Technical Workshops

Charlie Elliott Astronomy Member and astrophotographer extraordinaire Barry Fitzgerald will give the second in our series of technical workshops at beginning at 3 p.m.  If you’ve spent any time meandering around Jon Wood Astronomy Field listening to the astrophotographers grumble and complain, you might have noticed that their computers have gotten a lot smaller.  Barry will be talking about the Intel Compute Stick and how to set it up as part of an “imaging rig.”  While this particular discussion will be more technical in nature, all are welcome and questions are encouraged.  You will very likely walk away with a new idea completely unrelated to the original topic!  If you have an idea for a 15-30 minute discussion or presentation that you would like to see or would like to give,  contact the Charlie Elliott Program Coordinator, Steve Siedentop.

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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2016

August 06, 2016,  September 10, 2016, October 29, 2016, November 19, 2016,  December 10, 2016, January 28, 2017,  February 25, 2017, March 25, 2017,  April 22, 2017,  May 27, 2017,  June 24, 2017,  July 22, 2017

Meetings start approximately 2 hours before sunset. Meeting rooms and start times vary, so please check back here for details. Public stargazing on Jon Wood Astronomy Field follows the meeting.

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