Join us for for our next meeting on Saturday July 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Room B!

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July Meeting & Observing

“I got the blues…got those inflation blues!”

Meeting Details

Join us on Saturday July 22nd, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Charlie Elliott Conference Center, Room B,  at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for an engaging and informative discussion with Dr. Paul Camp about the inflationary model as a central feature in cosmology!

For several decades, the inflationary model has been a central feature of cosmology.   It has neatly accounted for many technical issues, making it quite appealing, so much so that many people assume it to be fact.  Over time, however, issues have arisen with the inflationary model, causing some, including the creators of the model, to question if it is really any better than previous models.  Perhaps it simply trades one set of problems for another? At the same time, string theory has emerged as a candidate for a unified field theory, but with its own set of problems, particularly reconciling cosmological observations.  Dr. Camp developed a model several years ago that does not appear to suffer from these problems.  Join us on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. when Dr. Camp will describe the nature of the problems researchers up against and how he may have accidentally found a solution!

My sincerest apologies to B.B. King.

Note:  For those of you planning ahead, please note that the October meeting has been moved to October 14, 2017.

All of the Above!

Charlie Elliott Astronomy Observing Supervisor Extraordinaire David Whalen, who coincidentally bears a striking resemblance to Scopeman, the underappreciated superhero of amateur astronomers everywhere, 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 an exciting and engaging speaker and always delivers a lot of great information with plenty of laughs.

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

Astrophotography Coordinator, Mark Woolridge, will be on hand to give a technical workshop on imaging the Milky Way. If you’ve thought about sticking your toe into the astrophotography pool, imaging the Milky Way is a great way to get started as you likely already have the equipment you need.  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

Technical Workshop Presentation
All of the Above Presentation
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Our Monthly Meetings and Public Observing Nights for 2017-2018

June 24, 2017,  July 22, 2017, August 19, 2017, September 23, 2017, October 14, 2017, November 18, 2017,
December 16, 2017, January 20, 2018, February 17, 2018, March 17, 2018, April 14, 2018, May 12, 2018, June 16, 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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