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SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, February 17, 2017 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

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 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.

Upcoming Meetings:

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
August: TBA
September SLAS Collective Solar Eclipse Results
October: TBA
November: William McKinnon, PhD - PLUTO Washington University
December: Amy E Kimball –Radio Quasars & the VLA  “Skype “- National Radio Astronomy Observatory


Meeting Agenda



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

Eclipse Expo 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

Library Telescopes

SLAS Coffee Mugs for Sale!

Infini-tees Shirts for Sale!

Eclipse Glasses for Sale!

Eyepiece kits for sale!

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