Lectures

2016-2017 Lecture Schedule
Friday September 16 2016  Third Friday. Members' Night 7:30 PM
Friday October 7 2016   7:30 PM
Friday November 4 2016   7:30 PM
Friday December 2 2016  Official Annual Meeting 7:30 PM
Friday January 13 2017  Second Friday 7:30 PM
Friday February 3 2017   7:30 PM
Friday March 3 2017   7:30 PM
Friday April 7 2017   7:30 PM
Friday May 5 2017   7:30 PM
Friday June 2 2017   7:30 PM

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

To get to Lienhard Hall from Miller Hall - Drive around to the north side of the Miller Hall complex. Go through the entrance and take the stairs or the elevator to the 3rd floor, or walk through Miller Hall by going down the hall past the Miller lecture hall, taking the stairs on the right up one flight, then walking through the Nursing Department to the north end of Lienhard and then upstairs (or elevator) one more flight to the lecture hall.

Directions and a campus map can be found here.

Join us at 7 PM for our social hour, a WAA tradition!

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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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