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November CAS Meeting

November 3 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

New Space Telescopes and the Decadal Study

Dr. Grant Tremblay

Harvard Center for Astrophysics


Dr. Grant Tremblay will talk about NEW space telescopes and the Decadal Study which is scheduled to be released on Thursday, November 4th.

Grant Tremblay is an Astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. He was previously a NASA Einstein Fellow at Yale University, a Fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and an Astronomer at ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. His Doctoral Thesis work was conducted at the Space Telescope Science Institute (operations center of the Hubble Space Telescope), the Johns Hopkins University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently serves as the head of the Lynx X-ray Observatory Science Support Office at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and supports Flight Operations for the Chandra X-ray Observatory as part of the High Resolution Camera Instrument Principal Investigator Team.

Dr. Tremblay’s research employs highly multiwavelength techniques, using data from the world’s most powerful ground- and space-based observatories to better understand star formation amid energetic feedback from supermassive black holes. His portfolio consists of more than eighty refereed publications and over $2.1M in NASA funding ($630,000 as P.I.). He is also heavily involved in the development of future space missions, including instrumentation for a notional Europa Lander as well as Lynx, a NASA-funded Large Mission Concept study now under consideration by the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Dr. Tremblay is the author of two books for the general public. The first, Light from the Void: Twenty Years of Discovery with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, celebrates Chandra‘s two decades of discovery and was published by Smithsonian Books in 2019. The second, What do Black Holes Eat for Dinner?, is a richly illustrated children’s book published by Tumblehome Learning in 2020. Dr. Tremblay is also a regular main cast member on the Discovery and Science Channel’s award-winning documentary series How the Universe Works and Space’s Deepest Secrets, as well as forthcoming projects from the Smithsonian Channel and the BBC.


Our November Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3rd starting at 7:00 pm and this month will only be conducted in a Zoom session with Zoom login details sent out to all CAS membership.


Other meeting business will include:

Electing our slate of officers for next year: 

President – Steve Layman
Vice President – Merian Burkett
Secretary – Mark Ownby
Treasurer – Mike Hegedus

An update on observing and meeting going forward

A wrap-up of the Highland Star Parties

An update on Future Astronomers

A Ten-Minute Topic on Astronomy Books

Free Members and Guests are Welcome!

Organizer – Steve Layman

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