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Programs Planned for 2017 General Meetings

Along with our main Program for the evening, at every meeting we will have one or more of the following: Astronomy Picture of the Month,Constellation of the Month, What’s New in Astronomy, Astronomy Book of the Month and Astronomy Internet Site of the Month. Join us every second Wednesday of the Month.  Join Us!

Presentations are available on our Download Page.

January 11, 2017

Dr Humberto Campins

Dr. Humberto Campins, UCF professor and P.I. for OSIRIS REx to speak on the mission. The meeting will be held in the Fine Arts Concert Hall of Seminole State College at 7 p.m. This meeting will NOT be held at the planetarium. All are welcome to attend so please share this information to anyone else you would like to participate.

Learn how the study of this pristine sample will revolutionize our understanding of the early Solar System, including planet formation and the origin of life on Earth. The data collected at the asteroid will also aid our understanding of “potentially hazardous asteroids” that could threaten Earth.

After a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the University of Maryland, Dr. Campins spent nearly five years at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. In 1989, he accepted an assistant professorship at the University of Florida, were he attained the rank of Professor in 1997. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Campins was Director of the Florida Space Grant Consortium from 1994 to 1998. From 1998 to 2002, Dr. Campins worked as Program Officer at the Research Corporation and as adjunct faculty at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona in Tucson. In August 2002, Dr. Campins joined the UCF faculty as Provost Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy and head of the Planetary and Space Science Group.

Astronomy Picture of the Month by Ray Jones
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "TBA"

 

February 08, 2017

Astronomy Picture of the Month by Ray Jones
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel
Astronomical League Observing Programs by Richard Wright
CFAS Astrophoto Showcase by Derek Demeter

Main Program - "Winter Sky Tour" by Derek Demeter

                              "Space Times"  by Michael McConville

Our own Michael Mcconville will bring us up to date on the Astronomy News.

 

March 15, 2017

Astronomy Picture of the Month by Derek Demeter
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "Magic Numbers make the Universe" by Dr. Michael Bass

UCF Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Bass received his B.S. in Physics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1960, his M.S. in 1962 and Ph.D. in 1964 in Physics from the University of Michigan.  He has been active in quantum electronics research since his thesis work on optical rectification.  From 1988 to 1992 he served UCF as Vice President for Research. Prof. Bass is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of OSA, a Fellow of LIA, a Fellow of AAAS and a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Engineering Science.  In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and in 2014 he received the R. W. Wood Prize of the Optical Society of America.

He created a course called “The Culture of Science” from which several public lectures, including this one, were derived.  The course has been given to students in the honors college and graduate students in engineering and science.  The talks do not require any prior scientific background, just an interest in things scientific.

Magic by the Numbers: At the beginning there was only energy.  As the universe cooled particles appeared and these in about the first minute or two formed the nuclei of hydrogen, deuterium, helium and a little bit of lithium.  That was all there was.  The universe was very hot and very boring. 
          To get higher atomic number elements there had to be stars and these had to be just the right kind of stars to cook up the desired atoms.  That is where certain numbers are found to have to be exactly what they are or the desired atoms don’t develop and we don’t get a chance to exist.  This talk traces that history, examines the numbers needed for us to exists and seeks to place in perspective the question, “How did we wind up in such an unlikely universe?”

 

April 12, 2017

Spring Sky Tour by Ray Jones
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel
Space Times Astronomy News Update by Michaek Mcconville
CFAS Astrophoto Showcase by Derek Demeter

Main Program - "The latest about Cassini Space Craft Around Saturn" by Dr. Joshua Cowell

 

May 10, 2017

Spring Sky Tour by Derek Demeter
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "TBA"

 

June 14, 2017

App of the Month by Richard Wright
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "TBA"most like to explore.

 

July 12, 2017


Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel
Astronomy App of the Month by Richard Wright

Main Program -  "TBA"

 

August - No Meeting

September 13, 2017

App of the Month  by Richard Wright
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "TBA"

 

October 11, 2017

App of the Month by Richard Wright
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "TBA"

 

November 08, 2017

Astronomy Picture of the Month by Ray Jones
Constellation of the Month by Robert Vogel

Main Program - "TBA"

 

December 13, 2017

CFAS Holiday Party. 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

This event is for "MEMBERS ONLY" and it will be hosted in the Multi-Purpose (C-110) room in Building C on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus.

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