SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, August 16, 2013 7:30pm
Cosmic Rays – 101 Years of Discovery
Professor Martin Israel
Earth is bombarded by a steady stream of invisible high energy particles called cosmic rays. Each second, several pass through your hand, unseen and unfelt. In August, 1912, an Austrian scientist, sailing over three miles high in a hydrogen-filled balloon, conducted experiments indicating that this mysterious radiation comes from outer space. In the century since Victor Hess’s discovery, scientists have learned much about the nature and origin of cosmic rays, but mysteries still remain. Dr. Israel will review the century of progress and discuss his own cosmic ray experiments. These include the SUPER-TIGER balloon-borne instrument that collected cosmic rays in the skies of Antarctica during December and January.
Dr. Martin Israel is a Professor of Physics and a Fellow of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University. His teaching and research center on cosmic-ray astrophysics, using instrumentation carried by satellites and high-altitude balloons.
Introduction of Officers
Astro 101 - ALCON report, MSRAL 2014 Update,
Star B Q Saturday, August 17
Next board meeting September 12
Space Grant date TBA
MSRAL 2014: Sunday, August 18, 6:00 pm at Young's Restaurant in Valley Park
Upcoming Star Parties