Lectures

2017-2018 Lecture Schedule
Friday September 8 2017  Second Friday. Members' Night 7:30 PM
Friday October 6 2017   7:30 PM
Friday November 3 2017   7:30 PM
Friday December 1 2017  Official Annual Meeting 7:30 PM
Friday January 12 2018  Second Friday 7:30 PM
Friday February 2 2018   7:30 PM
Friday March 2 2018   7:30 PM
Friday April 6 2018   7:30 PM
Friday May 4 2018   7:30 PM
Friday June 1 2018   7:30 PM

Our lectures are held in Lienhard Hall, in the Pleasantville Campus of Pace University.

The best entrance to Lienhard Hall is from the parking lot on the west side of the building. see this map for detailed instructions.

Come at 7 PM to meet and chat with fellow club members.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Club Lecture Friday May 5th

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

Cassini: A 20-Year Voyage

Andy Poniros, NASA Solar System Ambassador

Due to the amount of fuel that NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has in reserve, the Cassini mission will end on Sept 15th with the spacecraft plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending back valuable data bask to the Earth, and eventually succumbing to Saturn’s the intense atmospheric pressure to become part of the planet.

February 3rd Lecture: MARS

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:30pm

February is traditionally Mars month at WAA. Br. Robert Novak, Chairman of Physics at Iona College and WAA member will discuss the latest information on the Martian atmosphere. Br. Novak is a member of NASA's Astrobiology team, headquartered at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He is one of the foremost experts on methane on Mars, and is the author or coauthor of over 35 papers. In 2015, his group published an important paper in Science that presented strong evidence for the existence of an ancient ocean that once covered as much as 20% of the Martian surface.

Club Lecture Friday, January 13th

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 7:30pm

Rick Bria

Chasing Shadows

Rick's talk describes the procedures, challenges and rewards of timing asteroid occultations of distant stars.

Lienhard Lecture Hall (3rd floor), Pace Univsersity, Pleasantville, NY

Rick is a long-time member of WAA. He's been an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer for over 40 years. He's also a founding member of WAA's "sister" club, the Astronomical Society of Greenwich.

November Club Meeting and Lecture

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

Friday November 4th at 7:30pm, Leinhard Lecture Hall, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY 

“Astrophotography Image Processing with PixInsight.” Astrophotographer and WAA-member, Olivier Prache, will introduce the powerful image processing software, PixInsight, and its purpose. He will go through a digital color image development process using PixInsight to highlight how the tools function and how to use them.

Lecture, Friday June 3rd 7:30 pm

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 7:30pm

Lienhard Hall, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY

Charles Fulco

The August 21, 2017 Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse

Charles is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and astronomy educator. He was recently tapped to be the Chair for education outreach for the American Astronomical Society total eclipse task force. The AAS is the major organization for professional astronomers in the United States.

Charles will discuss where and how to observe the eclipse and the science behind total solar eclipses.

Club meeting Friday, March 4th, 7:30 pm

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

Al Nagler, founder and CEO, Tele Vue Optics, Inc.

"I Thank My Lucky Stars" 

How a kid from the Bronx, with a love for astronomy, went on to create optical systems that bridged astronaut training with products to enhance the visual impact of our wondrous universe.

Al Nagler is an optical designer best known for his innovative wide-field eyepieces and versatile compact refractors. He also designed visual displays for the Gemini and Apollo Lunar Module simulators.

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