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Next General Meeting
7:30 P.M. Main Speaker
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Opening talk by Sujay Nair at 7:00
Sujay, who is in 11th grade at the Stanford Online High School, was a presenter at the 235th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) 2020 CubeSat Workshop, was published by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Journal of Double Star Observations, and by the 236th AAS for his work on Transit Analysis of Exoplanets.
Sujay will introduce us to the idea of updating the mid-transit times of exoplanets with the group “Exoplanet Watch”. Exoplanet Watch is a citizen science NASA group with the goal of observing many exoplanets with small telescopes hoping to ensure the efficient use of large Telescopes (JWST,ARIEL,etc), discover new exoplanets, search for blended exoplanet pairs, monitor stellar variability, and confirm the discovery of new Exoplanets.
Our main speaker is Dr. Elinor Gates, Staff Astronomer from Lick Observatory. Dr. Gates will begin her presentation at 7:30.
Lick Observatory during the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics
Lick Observatory has been doing ground-breaking research since its opening in 1888. 30 years after Lick Observatory established itself as a world leader in astronomical research, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic hit the United States. Pandemics create challenging times for any organization, so how was Lick Observatory affected by the Spanish Flu in 1918? Research, while hampered by the conditions at the time, continued with the dedicated efforts of William Wallace Campbell, Heber Curtis, and other notable astronomers of the day. Dr. Gates will highlight the hot topics of research being done in 1918 and how the observatory persevered through the difficult conditions at the time.
Today in 2020 we are experiencing another devastating pandemic, COVID-19. Shelter-in-place orders and shutdowns have limited Lick Observatory operations. Dr. Gates will describe how we have adapted to the current conditions to continue as much research and data acquisition as possible, particularly in the areas of supernovae, exoplanet, and SETI research. Dr. Gates will also show how research has evolved since 1918, and how in some respects it has not changed.
Dr. Elinor Gates is a staff astronomer at Lick Observatory specializing in laser guide star adaptive optics and near infrared camera instrumentation and observations. She did her undergraduate studies, majoring in Mathematics and Astrophysics, at Mount Holyoke College. She received her PhD in Physics/Astronomy from the University of New Mexico in 1998. Before moving to Lick Observatory, she worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, IAU Minor Planet Center, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the Air Force Phillips Laboratory. Dr. Gates’ current research interests are studying quasars and their host galaxies, discovering dust obscured quasars, and measuring the masses of quasar and AGN central black holes. Asteroid (2650) Elinor is named in Dr. Gates’ honor.
EAS sends volunteers to schools, libraries, and anywhere curious aspiring astronomers gather. EAS volunteers bring their own equipment or borrow telescopes. Students, parents, and teachers are always thrilled to look through the telescopes and ask questions. You’ll meet all sorts of interesting people and provide a unique and inspiring experience to kids and parents who may have never looked through a telescope before. Find our next event on the calendar above.
Members Only Viewing Nights (MOVN)
Once a month, we schedule a Members Only Viewing Night at the Chabot Telescope Deck for both EAS and Chabot members. This is our opportunity to look through Chabot’s historic instruments and research telescope, as well as bring our own equipment to share in a more quiet venue. The schedule for MOVN appears in the event calendar below.
Barcroft High Altitude Star Party
We’re sorry. Because of COVID-19, EAS has cancelled the 2020 Barcroft High-Altitude Star Party. We’ll try again in 2021.
Header photo by EAS member Alan Roche.