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.

Next Lecture Friday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 7:30pm

THIS LECTURE WILL TAKE PLACE IN MILLER HALL ON THE PACE CAMPUS.

Charles Lawrence, Ph.D., a Fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will speak on the Planck Mission and what it reveals about the content and evolution of the universe. Dr. Lawrence is one of the senior scientists on the Planck project.

Please note the room change. Miller hall is in the same building complex as Lienhard, but at the opposite end of the building on the first floor.

Next lecture: Friday, September 11th, 7:30 pm

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:30pm

Join club members for the first lecture of the academic year, the traditional "Members' Night". Your fellow astronomy enthusiasts will relate some of the exciting events, observations, equipment and experiences they've had in the past year.

The meeting takes place in the usual site: the Lienhard Lecture Hall at Pace University in Pleasantville.

April 10th Lecture: Astrobiology

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 7:30pm

Brother Robert Novak, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iona College, noted Mars researcher and long-time WAA member and speaker will discuss the search for evidence of life in the solar system and beyond.

The meeting will take place in MILLER HALL, not in Lienhard Hall, due to a scheduling conflict at Pace. Miller hall is located on the south side of the Miller-Lienhard building complex.

Next Lecture Friday, November 7th: Caleb Scharf, PhD "The Copernicus Complex"

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

Are we special or are we unexceptional? For the first time in human history we stand poised to begin to truly answer this question. Extraordinary discoveries in astronomy and biology have revealed a universe filled with dynamic and endlessly diverse planetary systems, and a picture of life as a phenomenon intimately linked with the most fundamental aspects of physics. But where this really leads us is not yet clear.

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