Shifting from last month’s winter observing topic, please join us at the SFCC Planetarium for a presentation on Fundamental Cosmology by Erik Aver of Gonzaga University. Eric is a fun and entertaining presenter.
We typically meet on the first Friday of the month, but the site isn’t available because the college has another presentation on the first. So we are meeting on 12/8 at 7:30 pm.
This talk will offer a conceptual discussion of some of the discoveries and observations underpinning cosmology, including the expanding universe, dark matter, dark energy, and early universe physics. What do we know about the universe and how it has evolved over time? And how did we figure it out? Time permitting, Eric will try to also include a couple fun demonstrations of astronomy-related science.
Erik Aver, of Gonzaga Univ.
Join us September 8th at Riverview when WSU’s Dr. Matt Duez returns to talk to us about black holes and ultra-strong magnetic fields. We’ll also talk about the eclipse, look at some photos and talk about this month’s constellation.
Hello fellow astronomers, the August SAS general meeting program will all be about “Everything you want to know about Solar Eclipses but where afraid to ask”. Mike Reitemeier will talk about
Photographing Eclipses and Mary Singer and Paul Yost will talk about Viewing Partial Eclipses. There will also be a Safety Discussion for Viewing Eclipses and then a Question & Answer Period. Come to the meeting with all you questions and answers – this will be a great informative program.
Dr. Michael Allen, Senior Instructor of Physics and Astronomy, WSU: “Using literature in a science classroom: Brecht’s ‘Life of Galileo'”.
More info on the event page
You arrive at the dark site and realize you forgot to charge the power tank. Now what? Luckily you attended this month’s meeting!
SAS Member Nick Monkman imparts a bit of newfound wisdom on the virtues and pitfalls of all-manual astronomy. He’ll discuss how to get oriented under a dark sky using nothing but your knowledge of the celestial sphere and a planisphere. This talk is geared towards beginners (after all, the presenter is one!) – but Nick is hoping the more experienced members of the club will jump in and answer questions and share their experiences.
This month we’re talking all about telescopes. Ever wonder what the difference is between a Schmidt-Cassegrain and a Newtonian reflector? Or why you’d choose one over the other? We’ll talk with newcomers and veterans alike. Bring your questions!
This month’s meeting will feature a discussion of basic photography of the night sky – the tools needed and the methods required. Do you have a DSLR and a tripod? Then you can probably take photos like this one (taken last year at Fishtrap) and that’s just the beginning.
The weather is just a bit too crazy and SFCC has closed the campus as of 2pm Friday. See you next month! Watch our Facebook page and / or mailing list for updates.
It is the holiday season again and the Spokane Astronomical Society will be having their Annual Potluck Dinner on Friday Dec. 2nd. See the event page for more details.