General Meetings Events
Open to Public
Type: General Meetings
Held on: Mar 19, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM to Mar 19, 2014 (Wed) at 09:30 PM
Speaker: Matt McQuinn
Event Coordinator: Christopher Laurel
Shown in date ascending order.
MAR19Mar 19, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to PublicWe know that the spatial distribution of matter just after the Big Bang was nearly uniform, yet at the present day it is far from uniform. We live in a galaxy that is much denser than most regions in the Universe—and in a very dense place within our galaxy. UW astrophysicist Matt McQuinn will describe the physically intuitive steps by which small matter fluctuations transformed into galaxies, stars, and planets. He'll show computer simulations which do a remarkable job at producing simulated galaxies that share many characteristics with our own Milky Way.
APR16Apr 16, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Please join us for our April General Meeting. The guest speaker and the topic will be determined soon.
MAY21May 21, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Please join us for our May General Meeting. The guest speaker and the topic will be determined soon.
JUN18Jun 18, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Please join us for our June General Meeting. The guest speaker and the topic will be determined soon.
JUL16Jul 16, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Please join us for our July General Meeting. The guest speaker and the topic will be determined soon.
Shown in date descending order.
FEB19Feb 19, 2014 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Please join us for our February General Meeting.
We will have a short talk followed by a couple videos. SAS board member David Ingram will speak about the International Dark-Sky Association and SAS's participiation in it. Following the talk, we'll show a short video in remembrance of DIY telescope pioneer John Dobson and a video lecture by UCB astronomy professor Alex Filippenko.
DEC18Dec 18, 2013 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Have you already seen all eight planets in the Solar System and now crave a new challenge? At this General Meeting, UW astronomy graduate student Brett Morris will describe a new realm of planetary observation available to amateurs: making measurements of exoplanets transiting other suns. Morris will also talk about his research on characterizing exoplanets using the Kepler Space Telescope and Keck Observatories.
NOV20Nov 20, 2013 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Astrobiology studies the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. Although Earth is the only place we know life exists, the ingredients of life are common throughout the cosmos. Other worlds of our solar system may be suitable for the origin of life and studies of extrasolar planets shed light on potentially habitable worlds throughout the galaxy. As potentially habitable planets are identified, we seek to understand whether they do (or can) support life. Astronomers at UW are pioneering the search for such life. We will discuss recent developments and discoveries in astronomy relevant to astrobiology, including work done locally at the University of Washington.
Elections for the SAS board will occur at the beginning of the meeting.
OCT16Oct 16, 2013 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Star Parties Revisited: As amateur astronomers, we like to get outside and use our telescopes and share the night sky with others. Star parties take place around our local community and around the world and no two are the same.
Former SAS President Jon Bearscove will share his experience in attending everything from local star parties to the largest star party in the world complete with rock concerts. He will emphasize the types of star parties, what to expect, and rules of the road. Want to use your smartphone or tablet at a star party? He'll cover tips and tricks for maximizing your fun without getting in trouble. He will also showcase his recently updated "Star Party in a Box."
SEP18Sep 18, 2013 (Wed) at 07:30 PM Open to Public
Maxine Nagel of the SAS will talk about this summer's Table Mountain Star Party, one of the Pacific Northwest area's main observing events of the year. Due to wildfire damage at the usual Table Mountain site, this year's event was held at an alternate location. Maxine will show photos from the event and discuss the new site and its characteristics.
Chris Doll and Russ Coad will also talk about the SAS's annual Goldendale Star Party.
Other members and guests who attended the events are encouraged to share their experiences and questions from those interested in attending next year's event are welcome.