SAS General Meeting Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Paula Szkody

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Type: General Meetings

Held on: Apr 20, 2022 (Wed) at 07:00 PM to Apr 20, 2022 (Wed) at 08:30 PM

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Speaker: Dr. Paula Szkody, PhD

Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A102, Seattle, Washington

Event Coordinator: Rayna C.T. Bauer

Overview

Every month SAS meets for our general meeting commonly featuring a guest speaker and presentation. It also provides members a chance to engage and be in community with each other.

As always, our monthly general meetings are open to both SAS members and the public. We hope to see you online and/or in-person soon!

Members log in for link at 7 PM. 

Public log in at 7:30 PM: Please request link at outreach@seattleastro.org

Questions? outreach@seattleastro.org

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From Dr Szkody's bio....

"My work involves observations of all types of close binary systems involving mass transfer onto a white dwarf. This includes novae, dwarf novae, and novalikes which are all termed Cataclysmic Variables (CVs). The magnetism of the white dwarf determines if the mass flow from the low mass companion will be through an accretion disk, a curtain or a funnel onto the magnetic poles. The structure of the accretion flow as well as the underlying stars is determined from multiwavelength observations from X-ray through ultraviolet and optical to the infrared. Many of these objects are being discovered through ground-based surveys (SDSS, CRTS, iPTF) and followup takes place from space and ground to determine their specific types and how they fit into population models of close binary formation.

I love observing with telescopes and feel lucky to have done my research in an era when astronomers actually went to telescopes. Each observatory has its own history and charm and I have been able to use all the telescopes at Kitt Peak, as well as observe at CTIO, Keck, Palomar, Mt. Wilson, Lick, McDonald, WHT, MMT, APO, IRTF, MDM, Mt. Lemmon, Lowell, Mt. John, MRO. Working with space satellites is also unique and I have been able to garner observing time on HST, GALEX, FUSE, EUVE, IUE, Chandra, XMM, ROSAT, RXTE, Ginga, ASCA and EXOSAT."

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