General Meetings Events

Rubin Telescope and DiRAC - October General Meeting



Type: General Meetings

Held on: Oct 18, 2023 (Wed) at 07:00 PM to Oct 18, 2023 (Wed) at 09:00 PM

Speaker: Prof Sarah Greenstreet

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

Event Coordinator: Keith Krumm


Title: Vera C Rubin Telescope and DiRAC 

Presenting Prof Sarah Greenstreet - Research Scientist, UW.

After “first light” — when the Vera C Rubin Telescope becomes operational in early 2025 — DiRAC scientists will use the data to understand our astronomical history, observe the present and predict the future, tracking and studying everything from protecting ourselves from near-Earth asteroids to the possibility of finding a Planet Nine lurking in the frozen reaches beyond our star.

Sarah Greenstreet is from the Univeristy of Washington Astronomy Department and a research scientist with the DiRAC Institute.

Sarah has PhD in Astronomy from the University of British Columbia and has graciously agreed to share her role with the new telescope and the massive data analysis that will be conducted by DiRAC - Data Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Washington.

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!

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Shown in date descending order.

  • SEP

    Star Parties: Table Mountain and Goldendale

    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 ... more

    2 attending
  • AUG

    "Asteroids and Dwarf Planets" and "Comets: Gorgeous Primordial Snowballs

    Wed at 07:33 PM
    Open to Public

    August's General meeting will be a viewing of two taped talks by Alexei Filippenko of UC Berkeley: "Asteroids and Dwarf Planets" and "Comets."

    2 attending
  • AUG

    Getting started with DSLR Astrophotography

    Tue at 07:30 PM
    Open to Public

    Ken Hoffman from the Everett Astronomical Society will be presenting "Getting Started with DSLR Astrophogography" See the notes for a synopsis of the presentation.

    0 attending
  • JUL

    Astronomy Apps for your Mobile Device

    Wed at 07:30 PM
    Open to Public

    SAS members Paul Rodman (author of AstroAid for iOS and Astroplanner for desktop computers) and Chris Laurel (author of Sky Guide and Cosmographia for iOS and Celestia for desktop computers) will demo their software and discuss their development. Note: Sky Guide is currently Starbuck's Free App of the Week for those who'd like to take it for a spin.

    0 attending
  • JUN

    Observing the Southern Sky from Chile

    Wed at 07:30 PM
    Open to Public

    SAS member Mike Dole will present a slide show on his recent trip to Chile, focusing on his experience observing the southern sky through binoculars and telescopes. He will discuss planning for the trip, describe a visit to Observatorio del Pangue for telescope viewing, and offer a tour of some of the observing highlights of the southern sky.

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    0 attending
  • MAY

    General Meeting: Buying Your First Telescope

    Wed at 07:30 PM
    Open to Public

    This talk will help you choose a first telescope that will provide you with years of enjoyment exploring the cosmos.

    0 attending