General Meetings

General Meetings2021-04-13T18:25:31-04:00

Upcoming Meeting

The Last Stargazers

Dr. Emily Levesque

Sunday, May 2, 2021
7:30 PM
 to 9:00 PM EST

Online event
meet.google.com/osh-bcyd-gti

Monthly Meeting – Public Invited

Abstract:

A bird that mimicked a black hole. The astronomer that discovered microwave ovens. A telescope that got shot. The science of astronomy is filled with true stories (and tall tales) of the adventures and misadventures that accompany our exploration of the universe. Join Dr. Emily Levesque, author of the new popular science book The Last Stargazers, to take a behind-the-scenes tour of life as a professional astronomer. We’ll learn about some of the most powerful telescopes in the world, meet the people who run them, and explore the crucial role of human curiosity in the past, present, and future of scientific discovery.

Bio:

Emily Levesque is an astronomy professor at the University of Washington. Her work explores how the most massive stars in the universe evolve and die. She has observed for upwards of fifty nights on many of the planet’s largest telescopes and flown over the Antarctic stratosphere in an experimental aircraft for her research. Her academic accolades include the 2014 Annie Jump Cannon Award, a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, a 2019 Cottrell Scholar award, and the 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Hawaii.

What are NOVAC meetings like?

Currently, all NOVAC meetings are being held online. Meetings start at 7:30 PM, generally on the second Sunday of every month (with the exception of May, when we meet earlier or later to avoid a conflict with Mother’s Day).  The first part of the meeting generally includes:

  • A tour of what is in the sky this month and how to find an observe these things.
  • An Astronomy Note – a short presentation about a key astronomical concept to help deepen and enrich your knowledge
  • Observing reports when members can share their stories and experiences viewing or photographing the sky
  • Q&A, where beginning astronomers are encouraged to ask questions to be answered by more experienced members.

The final part of the meeting is a program, usually by outside experts, but sometimes by one of the members. We’ve had presenters from all aspects of Astronomy including scientists from NASA and other premier organizations, cosmologists, and photographers.

NOVAC’s general meetings are open to club members and the general public alike. We welcome all ages and interest levels!  Children under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian while they are at NOVAC events.

Jul
11
Sun
2021
Public Monthly Meeting – Searching for Life on Other Worlds @ Online via Google Meet
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Public Monthly Meeting - Searching for Life on Other Worlds @ Online via Google Meet

Searching for Life on Other Worlds

Are we alone or do we share our solar system and galaxy with other forms of life? And how widespread are advanced civilizations with whom we could communicate?

Robert Naeye

Sunday, July 11, 2021
7:30 PM
 to 9:00 PM EST

Online event
meet.google.com/osh-bcyd-gti

Monthly Meeting – Public Invited

Abstract:

Are we alone or do we share our solar system and galaxy with other forms of life? And how widespread are advanced civilizations with whom we could communicate?

Right now we don’t have answers to these profound questions. But scientists are in hot pursuit. The technology of searching for life on other worlds has reached a level of maturity where the first definitive evidence of extraterrestrial life could come in the very near future.

Science journalist Robert Naeye will explore three different roads for detecting life beyond Earth:

  1. Launching robotic spacecraft to discover life on Mars or other worlds in our solar system.
  2. Deploying large telescopes to detect the chemical signatures of life in the atmospheres of planets orbiting other stars.
  3. Using various techniques to pick up signals from advanced civilizations or to find evidence of their technological activities.

Robert’s talk will be loosely based on a cover story he wrote for the September 2020 issue of Astronomy magazine. His talk will be nontechnical and intended for a general audience.

Bio:

Robert Naeye is a freelance science journalist based in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is a former editor in chief of Sky & Telescope, the world’s most respected popular astronomy magazine. He also worked for NASA at its Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. During his 30-year career he has written hundreds of articles about astronomy and space science. He has authored two books and contributed to three others. Please visit his website at www.robertnaeye.com.

Aug
8
Sun
2021
Monthly Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBA

Sep
12
Sun
2021
Monthly Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBA

Oct
10
Sun
2021
Monthly Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBA

Nov
14
Sun
2021
Monthly Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBA

Dec
12
Sun
2021
Monthly Meeting @ Online via Google Meet
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Speaker: TBA

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