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

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Saturday, November 22 2014 @ 06:25 PM EST


December General Meeting

LVAAS Holiday Party
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Bring a covered dish or dessert
Featured Speaker: Joshua Pepper
Professor of Physics, Lehigh University
The Future of Exoplanet Discovery:
From Small Dark Shadows to Pale Blue Dots
The past two decades have seen an explosion of discovery of extrasolar planets. For the first time we can learn about the properties of other solar systems. Even though we detect most planets indirectly, we are now beginning to understand what kinds of planets and solar systems are found in our galaxy, and in the next few years we will know how common Earthlike planets are. I will describe the new results from exoplanet surveys including the Kepler space mission, and the ways in which our understanding of planet formation and evolution have been revolutionized. 
Joshua Pepper earned his bachelor's degree in astrophysics from Princeton University, and his PhD in astronomy from The Ohio State University. He then became the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics postdoctoral fellow and a research assistant professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. His research focuses on the discovery and observation of extrasolar planets. He founded the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT) survey which uses small robotic telescopes to discover new extrasolar planets around bright, nearby stars. He is a member of the NASA Kepler and TESS missions, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Pepper also works on eclipsing binary stars, astroinformatics, and the recruitment of underrepresented minorities into graduate study in physics.


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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.

South Mountain Clear Sky Chart  image

Pulpit Rock Clear Sky Chart         image


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