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

Welcome to LVAAS, Anonymous
Thursday, March 23 2017 @ 06:02 PM EDT



General Meeting: Open to the Public
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Grady Planetarium, LVAAS Headquarters,
620B East Rock Rd., Allentown PA 18103


David Klassen, PhD
Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy,
Rowan University

David Klassen

"Remote Sensing to Measure Water Content
in Clouds on Mars"

Astronomy is perhaps the one science that really doesn’t have an experimental side—you can’t make a star or planet in the lab and study it.  Thus, everything we know about the universe we know by simply “looking” at it.  With a few exceptions, this is also mostly true for the worlds within our own solar system.  What I will present is how “looking” becomes “remote sensing” and use my own research using ground-based and spacecraft data to illustrate this idea.







MegaMeet scheduled for May 26, 27, 28

Since both of our Pulpit Rock events were rained out in 2016, we decided to improve our odds this year by starting earlier. So our "Plan A" for MegaMeet this year is for the weekend of May 26! Watch this space and the Observer for more details.









The 2017 Astroimaging Calendar is available! Copies will be available at the meeting for $20.00 each.

Also, don't forget that it's time to renew your membership! You can renew at the General Meeting, or at any time by downloading the renewal form here and sending it in with your dues.




—    LVAAS    —

THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY -- 620B East Rock Road -- Allentown, PA 18103 -- 610-797-3476 --


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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