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February 3rd CAS Meeting, 7 pm to 9 pm

February 3, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Favorite Keck Discoveries

Josh Walawender, Staff Astronomer at Keck Observatory in Hawaii

The Keck Observatory has been in operation for more than 25 years as the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Observations made at Keck have fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe. In his talk, Dr. Walawender will share his favorite Keck discoveries and how they’ve rewritten astronomy textbooks.

Dr. Josh Walawender is a staff astronomer at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawaii.  He received B.A.s in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000 and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2006.  Josh has worked on infrared instrumentation, astronomical data reduction pipelines, and robotic telescopes.  His research interests are in star formation where he studies protostellar outflows — the phenomenon where young stars launch high speed jets of material out of their poles as they accrete material.  Josh is also an avid amateur astronomer and telescope builder and still enjoys observing under the Big Island’s pristine night skies.

The meeting will also feature:

Michael Overacker – 10 minute topic on Astronomical League Observing Clubs

Information from Sunday’s CAS Council Meeting

Member of the month

Book Report – if anyone has one, let me know

Prize Drawing – you must stay to the end of the meeting  (numbers picked by Random.org)  PUT YOUR NUMER GESSS (1 TO 100) ON AN 8.5 x 11 SHEET OF PAPER IN DARK MARKER AND BE PREPARED TO HOLD IT UP TO THE SCREEN

Meeting will be conducted virtually. Directions will be sent to CAS Members.

Free Members and Guests are Welcome!

Organizer – Steve Layman

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