General Meeting - Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM in Room 104 - Royall Hall - UMKC
6:00 - 6:30 Astro 101
6:30 - 7:00 Meet and Greet*
7:00 - Astronomy - the Nobel Prizes
||The speaker for the November general meeting of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City is Mark Brodwin, Assistant Professor of astronomy at UMKC. His topic is “Astronomy: The Nobel Prizes.” Professor Brodwin earned his Ph.D. and his M.S. at University of Toronto. His B.S. is from McGill University in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada. His work involves the observational discovery and study of massive, rare galaxy clusters, primarily at infrared and millimeter wavelengths.
|For more details and links, please visit the UMKC Galaxy Evolution Group (GEG) web pages: http://cas.umkc.edu/physics/research_groups/
Meetings of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City take place at
7:00 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month except September and December. The September meeting is the annual "members only picnic" and the December meeting is our annual holiday party.
We've added an informal meet-and-greet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Board members and club members will be available to answer questions, chat about news of the day and in general get to know faces in the light, rather than voices in the dark. Treats will be available for the meet-and-greet before meetings and after meetings. Also after general meetings and weather permitting, you are invited to the roof of Royall Hall to look through some of the instruments inhabiting the Warkoczewski Observatory.
Astronomers often view the Moon as a nuisance. Its glare prevents observations of deep sky objects. Observers tend to pass over the Moon in favor of other targets when planning a night’s observing targets. Or worse, observers do not go outside at all, choosing instead to wait for a New Moon night.
Not everyone holds the Moon in low regard. Before the advent of satellites, amateur and professional astronomers devoted many nights to detailed study of the lunar surface. The
Moon historically is one of the most studied astronomicalb
objects in our solar system. Few objects are more impressive to a novice than a high-magnifi cation view of the lunar surface. The contrast between naked eye and telescopic views are breathtaking.
Earth’s nearest neighbor reveals rich details through a telescope that cannot be seen in other objects. Lunar features change night by night. As the terminator creeps across the
lunar disk, light and shadow reveal new details. Craters, mountains and valleys can be seen almost every session. Transient phenomena provide interesting targets. Th e Lunar X, caused by the illumination of the tops of Craters Purbach, LaCaille and Blanchinus, is one such monthly event.
How can an astronomer become more familiar with the Moon? Th e Astronomical League offers two lunar observing programs and other programs have Moon-related observing
Astro 101 is held in room 104 of Royall Hall at UMKC at 6:00 p.m. just before the General Meeting