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.

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.

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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