Hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season and great start to the new year.
We are starting off 2018 with a great presentation on January 3rd from Dr. Katherine Kornei: When Galaxies Collide
“The universe contains billions of galaxies, which occasionally collide with one another in spectacular events known as galaxy mergers. I’ll share new imagery and simulations of galaxy mergers and discuss what happens to stars, gas, and dark matter when galaxies collide. A hands-on demonstration will illustrate a key property of galaxy mergers, and I’ll teach you how to do this demonstration using supplies from the produce section of your grocery store.”
Dr. Katherine Kornei is an astrophysicist, science journalist, and science educator. She studied star formation and galaxy evolution for her Ph.D. in astronomy, and her science writing has appeared in Science, Discover, Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope magazines. She works as a Program and Exhibit Developer at OMSI and has written and appeared in NASA-funded astronomy videos.
NightSky45 Astronomy Club meeting:
November 1 at 7 pm at the CCC Planetarium
Our Speaker: Ken Hose
His Topic: “How Bright? How old? How far?”
In astronomy, people often ask questions like “how bright” or “how far” or “how old” when talking about stars and other deep sky objects. Today it is possible for amateur astronomers to find answers to these questions from observations using modest equipment. Amateurs can do real backyard science including detection of exoplanets and estimating the age of star clusters.
Our speaker this month is Ken Hose. Ken is an electronics engineer by training and has been doing scientific astro-imaging since 2009 from his backyard observatory in Wilsonville, Oregon. He also serves as an instructor/mentor for high school students at the Pine Mountain Observatory summer astronomy workshops.