LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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September General Meeting
Sunday, September 13,
 2015 at 7 p.m.

at the South Mountain headquarters

Albert Einstein and Edwin Schrodinger:
From Seeking Unity in the Cosmos to Battling in the Press
A presentation and book-signing by Dr. Paul Halpern

Albert Einstein is a well known figure, for whom we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his theory of general relativity. Edwin Schrodinger is much lesser known. Those who have heard of him are mainly familiar with his cat conundrum. Yet the two Nobel Prize winners were long-time friends and collaborators, beginning with an interplay about the role of the cosmological constant -- what we now know as dark energy -- the unknown force that is driving galaxies apart at an increasingly rapid rate. This talk will look at their collaboration, contributions to astronomy and physics, and their battle in the press after Schrodinger thought he had beat Einstein to a theory of everything.


Acclaimed science writer and physicist Dr. Paul Halpern is the author of fourteen popular science books, exploring the subjects of space, time, higher dimensions, dark energy, dark matter, exoplanets, particle physics, and cosmology. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an Athenaeum Literary Award. A regular contributor to NOVA's "The Nature of Reality" physics blog, he has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including "Future Quest" and "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special"

Personally signed copies of Paul Halpern's new book will be available for $25 each.



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Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


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