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General Meeting – July 2017
July 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Introductory Presentation – 6:30 PM
Title: Objects of the Quarter
Presenter: Mary Turner, Ph.D,
In her latest sky talk, Mary Turner, TAAA’s Chief Observer, takes us on a tour of the summer night sky. With the use of astronomical data, images, and mythology, Mary provides an overview of what to expect in the sky during the coming months.
Main Presentation – 7:30 PM
Title: Catalina Sky Survey; What It Does and How Amateur Astronomers Can Help
Presenter: Eric J. Christensen, Chief Investigator of Catalina Sky Survey, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Chief Investigator Eric J. Christensen will give an overview of the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), the NASA funded project based at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab. CSS is dedicated to discovering and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs). Learn about CSS’s history, latest discoveries, and crucial role in planetary defense against potentially hazardous asteroids. Eric will talk about the value of Asteroid Day (June 30), mitigation options should an impact from an NEO be predicted, plus the contributions amateur astronomers make to the discovery process.