|MDSP Speakers 2015|
"New Horizons at Pluto"
By Lou Mayo
NEW HORIZONS AT PLUTO
The eight planets of our solar system can be divided neatly into two categories; terrestrial planets - small, rocky, dense; and gas giants - large, gaseous, and not dense. Beyond that we have the dwarf planets - small, icy worlds, orbiting largely outside the orbit of Neptune (Ceres is an exception), in highly elliptical orbits. These worlds do not satisfy all three conditions, set by the International astronomical Union (IAU) for planethood. They are too small. On July 14th the NASA New Horizons mission made an historic flyby of the Pluto-Charon system. This talk will describe the Pluto system, describe the New Horizons mission, present its discoveries, and reflect on the implications for planetary formation and evolution.
"2017 Eclipse Preparations"
By Lou Mayo
The last time most Americans experienced a total solar eclipse was 1991. On August 21, 2017, over 500 million people will be able to observe a solar eclipse, whether partial or total: 391 M in the U.S., 35 M in Canada, and 119 M in Mexico (plus Central and parts of South America and NW Europe) . Numerous observation and education programs are already being planned. This talk will outline the specifics of the eclipse and discuss some of the plans for observation, citizen science, and education.
Lou Mayo is a planetary scientist and program manager
working for Honeywell at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight
Center and professor of astronomy at Marymount University.
Lou has over 20 years experience supporting NASA space and
Earth science missions and data systems. His experience
includes 11 years as a member of the Voyager IRIS and
Cassini CIRS instrument teams. He has published a number of
papers on the atmosphere of Titan focusing on radiative
transfer modeling of aerosols and condensates.
Lou is a member of the DC Space Grant Consortium and the AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences education committee. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics in astronomy and space physics and was a columnist for Mercury Magazine for three years. Lou runs an international network of after school astronomy clubs and is active in developing nationwide space science education programs for NASA.
"The observatory project"
Steve Taylor is an Englishman, who recently emigrated to the USA to live and work in State College. He is a professional engineer, who, in his spare time, helped develop a large amateur observatory in the north of England, about 20 miles from Manchester. The observatory project involved building a 30 foot diameter dome and doors, designed to withstand sustained 90mph winds. The dome has been in place for 16 years, with no signs of damage. Steve will illustrate his talk with some pictures of the construction, and one of a visitor who will be familiar to all American astronomers.
"The Solar Experience"
Mention astronomy, and invariably most everyone thinks of a nighttime activity observing stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, comets or the moon. But, how about the sun? Solar observation offers a unique perspective on the constant dynamic changes occurring on our closest star. Solar telescopes enable astronomers to peer into some of the most fascinating and dramatic features. While sunspots are the best-known attributes of the sun, other visible manifestations of solar activity include the appearance of prominences, filaments, and flares. These formations are the most interesting, that can be observed by the amateur solar astronomer. Learn about solar basics, features, equipment, and web-based resources where one can access near real-time solar images provided by earth-based observatories around the world and from orbiting spacecraft. Join Bill as he escorts you into the The Solar Experience.
Bill Price has been a member of the York County Astronomical Society since 2009. In addition to solar observation, he enjoys observing star clusters and nebulae.
I was raised in rural northeastern PA, the evening sky seemed to be filled with more stars then i had ever imagined or read about. Living in the country there was little or no light pollution and the night sky exploded with meteors, stars and satellites. As space exploration increased images from space and the Hubble SPACE Telescope heightened my appreciation for the Cosmos. Those images became the launching point of my personal exploration into the world of space art. I so enjoyed space art I began to create it using oils, pens, and acrylic aerosols. The aerosols give my images the vibrant, glossy and sharp colors I had been looking for and they currently make up the foundation of many of my works. Space is such an unexplored dimension that it incites me to create images beyond what I experience living on planet earth.
Are you ready to listen to a "meteorite man"? Then you'll
love to hear Dave Holden speak! As a member of The Meteoritic
Society, he promotes the study of extraterrestrial materials,
including meteorites and space mission returned samples, and their
history. Through conscientious collection, David has had the
opportunity to work with documentation and study pieces which
include meteorites, cosmic dust, asteroids and comets, pieces of
natural satellites, planets, impacts, and the samples from the very
origins of the Solar System!
Dave will join us this year bringing with him some of the most precious Sky Stones you'll ever see. Among them will be the rare, amazing and beautiful. Would you like to learn more about some of them? Then tune in...
Join David Holden at his talk about Meteorites 101 (collecting) & 102 (identifying), enjoy his wonderful display and be sure to purchase your own meteorites while you're here at the Mason Dixon Star Party!
"After 5 years in development, now close to perfection (and soon available--really!)--the POD MAX"
Phil De Rosa
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