Thursday, January 10, 2008

Meeting: January 8, 2008

Welcome back, Astronomy Fans! I hope you all are getting off to a great start this semester.

Here's what we covered at the meeting.

The first ever Spring Activities Fair is happening at dinner in the CDR on Jan 23.

Observing sessions (weather permitting, of course) :
  • Tues, Jan 15 8:00 pm at Weaver Observatory, to look at the first quarter moon
  • Tues, Jan 22 11:30 am in front of the Student Center, to look at the sun
  • Sat, Feb 9 8:00 pm at Weaver Observatory, to see the sky during the new moon
  • Fri, March 14 8:30 pm at Weaver Observatory, first quarter moon, after Nick's lecture
  • Fri, April 4 9:00 pm at Weaver, new moon
  • Fri, April 18 9:00 pm at Weaver, full moon
*On any clear night, you can call Dr. Fleisch and go to the Observatory.*

Friday Night Lectures

We have 2 this semester already scheduled: a repeat of Music of the Spheres in February, and Nick Gladman is presenting one on March 14 at 7:30 pm.

  • Chicago- one night, March 22 or March 28, price TBA
  • UK- summer, no credit, email Dr. Fleisch if interested
  • Pittsburg- overnight, email us if interested
  • Tucson/Arizona/somewhere in the Southwest- are you guys interested?
Astronomy News

Asteroid 2007 WD5 has a 4% chance of impacting Mars on Jan 30 at about 6:30am our time. This will be the first time scientists might be able to observe a plume of ejecta.

Atrium Display

In case you haven't noticed, it's up and working. Any suggestions? See Dr. Fleisch.

See you at the next meeting: February 5 at 9:30pm in BDK 319.

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