Next Event: Saturday, November 18th, 7PM at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. “Interstellar”, the first confirmed massive object from interstellar space has been detected streaking through the inner solar system.
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Interstellar While we detect particles whizzing into our neighborhood from unimaginable distances, we've never confirmed observationally that anything big has come in from interstellar space, until now. In the last two months an object first thought to be a comet has turned out to be a rock coming from somewhere ...Read More
When neutron stars collide, they make waves! In the last month, gravitational wave detection has earned the Nobel Prize in physics, and the most recent detection has validated the significance of this scientific breakthrough. Just this week it was announced that on August 17th a gravitational wave event was detected ...Read More
Remembrances of Cassini In the classroom downstairs at the Sommers-Bausch Observatory (SBO) on the CU Boulder campus. On Friday 9/15/2017, the Cassini spacecraft will make a controlled dive in the upper atmosphere of Saturn, ending an extraordinary mission of discovery around the ringed planet. We will look at some of ...Read More
Saturday, July 15th, 7PM at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. “Tabby’s Star: the curious case of an unusual variable system”. Everything from swarms of comets to alien mega-structures orbiting this star have been proposed. Think "Rendezvous With Rama" like structures; not likely, but the patterns in this stars behavior are so weird that ...Read More
Saturday, June 17th, 7PM at Sommer-Bausch Observatory (SBO), in the downstairs lab/classroom. Our speaker for this Saturday is William Waalkes. He will be talking about exoplanet atmospheres and the title of his talk is "Tenuous Habitability". William Waalkes, is a graduate student researcher in the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences department ...Read More
During the May meeting at BASS, we were honored by a surprise visit from former NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld. Dr. Grunsfeld is a vetern of five space shuttle missions and his was the last human hand to touch the Hubble Space Telescope (gloved hand, of course) during its final repair ...Read More