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Member Reports from Donna L. McCormick

Nov 30
2020

The Great Conjunction & Other Celestial Events: A Virtual Lecture

Every twenty years, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn meet each other in the night sky as they both cycle their way slowly through the zodiac. This year, however, the pair will meet in the closest conjunction in approximately 400 years, merging almost into a single point in the evening sky of the winter solstice. You won't want to miss this sight, nor the other splendid opportunities for winter stargazing, from Orion's brilliant nebula to the Geminid meteor shower. Hamptons Observatory Senior Educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador, William Francis Taylor, will guide you through the celestial calendar and help... Read More...

Jul 27
2019

Lecture: The Moon Revisited: 50 Years After Apollo, A Gateway to Mars

This is a free, public program sponsored by www.MontaukObservatory.com Seating is limited. To register for free tickets, go to: https://emmart.eventbrite.com https://emmart.eventbrite.com Join Carter Emmart for a lively, illustrated walk through the historic Apollo landing sites as visualized from current data sent back from a now international fleet of spacecraft imaging the Moon. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter—the mission of which includes identifying sites close to potential resources with high scientific value, favorable terrain and the environment necessary for safe future robotic and human lunar missions has imaged what was left on the Moon fifty years ago by Apollo 11, as well... Read More...

Jul 14
2019

The Second Kind of Impossible: Lecture & Book Signing

This talk is about one of the strangest scientific detective stories of the last 50 years, an exciting quest for a new form of matter. When leading Princeton physicist Paul Steinhardt began working in the 1980s, scientists thought they knew all the conceivable forms of matter. “The Second Kind of Impossible” is the story of Steinhardt's 35 year-long quest to challenge conventional wisdom. It begins with a curious geometric pattern that inspires two theoretical physicists to propose a radically new type of matter—one that raises the possibility of new materials with never before seen properties, but that violates laws set... Read More...