SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, February 17, 2017 7:30pm
CosmoQuest: Mapping the Moon
and Planets On Home Computers
Dr. Pamela Gay
CosmoQuest and the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific
CosmoQuest is an organization that sponsors
astronomy projects which enable regular citizens to participate in actual scientific research. It seeks to develop a community of
people interested in advancing our under
standing of the universe by assisting professional astronomers and planetary scientists.
With support from NASA, the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific hosts the CosmoQuest
project. Dr. Gay will talk about the CosmoQuest organization and some of its projects
and services. Current "citizen science" projects include mapping the Moon, Mercury,
and the dwarf planet Vesta. Participants use
images from NASA spacecraft missions to do
mapping and image interpretation on their
home computers. The results are passed along
to NASA-sponsored scientists.
Dr. Pamela Gay is an astronomer, writer, and
podcaster focused on using new media to engage people in science and technology. She is
the Principal Investigator for the NASA grant
to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in
support of CosmoQuest.org. She is also a cohost of the weekly Astronomy Cast podcast.
She received her Doctorate in astronomy from
the University of Texas, Austin, in 2002.
March - Christine Floss, PhD -Astronomy with a Microscope: Studying Stardust in the Laboratory - Washington University
April - Kevin Evans, PhD - Weaubleau Impact
Structure - Missouri State University
May - Kara Kundert - Cosmic Epoch of Re-Ionization "Skype" - University of California - Berkeley
June - Panel Discussion: Dr. Mike Reynolds, Dr. Angela Speck, Dr. Michael Zieler, Mitzi Adams, John Weis. Note: meeting will be held at the Greensfelder Recreation Center in Queeny Park for this meeting only!
July: Ryan Clegg-Watkins, PhD - Exploring
the Moon from Orbit: Paving the Way for Future
Astronaut Explorers - Washington University
September SLAS Collective Solar Eclipse
November: William McKinnon, PhD -
PLUTO Washington University
December: Amy E Kimball –Radio Quasars & the VLA “Skype “- National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Introduction of Officers and Visitors
Main Speaker: Dr. Pamela Gay
Astro 101: Apollo 12 - Christine Knobbe
Night Sky Network Outreach Pin Presentation
HOMEMADE FEST! Saturday, Feb 25, Kirkwood Community Center 5-10pm
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Click here for your FREE ticket to the Expo
Meeting for June moved to Queeny Park (site of the Eclipse Expo)
Eclipse Task Force
Star Parties: February/March is BUSY!
Sky Orienteering 6:00 pm Sunday
Neil deGrasse Tyson Raffle
Equinox Attendance Prizes Next Month
SLAS Coffee Mugs for Sale!
Infini-tees Shirts for Sale!
Eclipse Glasses for Sale!
Eyepiece kits for sale!