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Lecture Series 2012-2013
The Amateur Astronomers Association is proud to present an astronomy lecture series from October through May each year for our members and the public. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission to the lecture is free, and no reservations or tickets are required.
The lectures are held at the Kaufmann Theater of the American Museum of Natural History, on Central Park West between 77th and 81st streets. Please use the 77th Street entrance. Lectures begin at 6:15 p.m. and run to 8:00 p.m.
Generally, lectures take place on the first Friday of the month, with occasional exceptions when that date would create a conflict.
Each year one lecture is designated the John Marshall Memorial Lecture, to honor a former president of the association.
Friday, October 19, 2012
"The Google Lunar X PRIZE: The Launch of Private Exploration of the Solar System"
Friday, November 9, 2012
(John Marshall Memorial Lecture)
NASA Astronaut Corps
"Where We've Come From, Where We Are, Where We're Going"
Friday, February 1, 2013
New York University
"Black Holes for Dummies"
Friday, March 1, 2013
Utah State University
"Whispers from the Cosmos: The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy"
Friday, April 5, 2013
Tele Vue Optics
"Giant Eyepieces That Swallow Spacecraft"
Al will cover how his childhood interest from a visit to the Hayden Planetarium lead to telescope making, a career in optics including designing the visual simulator to train the astronauts for lunar landing (a "giant eyepiece" covering the LEM spacecraft cabin), his experiences at events such as Stellafane, starting Tele Vue Optics and presenting the paths of telescope and eyepiece product development over the last 30+ years at Tele Vue. Here is the most recent article, ”The Life and Times of Al Nagler” as published in Astronomy Magazine April 2013.
Friday, April 26, 2013 (note location change)
National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT
"AstroDance" (At CUNY Graduate Center)
Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street)
New York, NY 10016
Supported by the National Science Foundation