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BASS Meeting Saturday, February 18th, 7PM at SBO

Saturday, February 18th, 7PM at Sommer-Bausch Observatory (SBO), in the downstairs lab/classroom. The feature talk will be on exoplanets, planets around other stars, by CU research and teaching professor, Dr. Zachory Berta-Thompson. Exoplaneteer Professor “Z” describes himself as an “Exoplaneteer”. He is a researcher focused on finding and learning about planets outside our solar system, … Continue reading BASS Meeting Saturday, February 18th, 7PM at SBO

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Scenes and links from the January meeting

The “Join the Crowd” talk at the January meeting was all about active participation crowd-sourced citizen science. Here are the links to the projects that were mentioned: Galaxy Zoo and the entire Zooniverse collection of projects: https://www.zooniverse.org/ SOHO comet hunters: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/soho/solar-observatory-greatest-comet-hunter-of-all-time https://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/ Somewhat surprisingly, Firefox and Chrome claim that there is a certificate problem with … Continue reading Scenes and links from the January meeting

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BASS Meeting Thursday, November 17th, 7PM at SBO

Thursday, November 17th, 7PM at Sommer-Bausch Observatory (SBO), in the downstairs lab/classroom. The guest speaker will be Keith Gleason, former manager of the Sommer-Bausch Observatory. In light of the so called supermoon this week, Keith will discuss some aspects of “Measuring the Moon: Does Size Matter?”   The meeting will be on this Thursday due … Continue reading BASS Meeting Thursday, November 17th, 7PM at SBO

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BASS Meeting Wednesday, October 19th, 7PM, Fiske Planetarium

Our guest speaker will be University of Colorado researcher and professor, Dr. John Stocke, an extragalactic observer who uses all manner of space-based and ground-based telescopes to study normal and active galaxies, clusters of galaxies, and intergalactic gas. Prof. Stocke also has a deep fascination with archaeoastronomy, the study of astronomy and cosmology of ancient … Continue reading BASS Meeting Wednesday, October 19th, 7PM, Fiske Planetarium

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Starbugs to replace spectrograph drill plates in telescopes

At our August meeting I presented a short on some new tech in astronomy. The featured device was something called a Starbug, which is a piezoelectric driven small robot. They are called bugs because the piezoelectric locomotion makes a buzzing sound when in operation. It is being applied to a system for configurable fiber optic … Continue reading Starbugs to replace spectrograph drill plates in telescopes

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BASS Meeting Saturday, August 20th, 7PM at SBO

Saturday, August 20th, 7PM at Sommer-Bausch Observatory (SBO), in the downstairs lab/classroom. The guest speaker will be Jacqueline Loerincs, from the Colorado School of Mines, on her experience at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, observing T Tauri stars in Orion. T Tauri’s are very young stars in the early stages of their formation … Continue reading BASS Meeting Saturday, August 20th, 7PM at SBO

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BASS Meeting Friday, July 15th, 7PM at SBO

Our guest speaker will be University of Hawaii researcher and professor, Dr. Bo Reipurth. He will talk about the creation and evolution of multiple-star systems (binary and triple stars, think Tatooine).  The telescope observing deck will be open for the standard Friday night open house after the meeting, weather permitting. Dr. Reipurth became fascinated by … Continue reading BASS Meeting Friday, July 15th, 7PM at SBO

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