Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday January 20th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Conference Room B!

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Another Beautiful day in the Stellar Neighborhood…

Join us Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Conference Room B, for an engaging and enlightening discussion with Georgia State University’s Dicy Saylor!  If you remember all the way back to 2016, Dicy joined us and discussed her research, which was particularly interesting in that it took a new approach to find new information in existing data, eliminating the need to wait in line for time on the Hubble Space Telescope or one of the many already overwhelmed observatories.  Dicy has made quite a bit of progress since she last joined us and will be on hand to give us an update on her research.

Dicy earned a B.S. in astrophysics from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in applied physics from Northern Arizona University.  Dicy is currently a PhD candidate at Georgia State University and working under the advisement of Dr. Sebastian Lepine, studying the solar neighborhood.  She will be joining us again to give us an update on her research to determine the rotational periods of nearby Sun-like stars.  Stellar rotational periods are used to estimate the ages of stars using a method known as gyrochronology.  Dicy will also discuss a test she hypothesized that can be used to test the strength of the gyrochronology method.  For fun, Dicy likes to lift big heavy things and run across the state of Georgia.  But not at the same time.  She’s a USAPL competitive powerlifter and she ran across the state of Georgia to raise money for a disabled veterans charity.  I was sooo not ready to type 2018 by the way…

All of the Above!

David Whalen, Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor will give a short 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. If you’ve been to one of our meetings, you know that David is a dynamic and engaging speaker and always delivers a lot of great information with plenty of laughs! Be sure to ask for the monthly target list and a SkyMap! David will be joined by Astrophotography Coordinator Mark Woolridge who will cover the imaging challenges of the month and tips on how to image them.

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.

Tech Talks

Barry Fitzgerald will be on hand before the meeting, at 2:30 p.m., to give a Tech Talk on building an Arduino based dew heater with a lot of cool features, and some of them are actually useful!  The Tech Talks are your chance to share something you’ve learned.  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.

Downloads from the Last Meeting

Tech Talk
All of the Above Presentation
Charlie Elliott Target List

Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2017-2018

January 20, 2018,  February 17, 2018,  March 17, 2018,  April 14, 2018,  May 12, 2018,
June 16, 2018,  July 14, 2018,  August 11, 2018,  September 8, 2018,  October 6, 2018,  November 10, 2018,
December 8, 2018

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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