Roper Mountain Astronomers

Upcoming events

    • January 21, 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Meeting. Link to join the meeting will be sent when you register for the event. Links will be on the bottom of your confirmation email.
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    Planet Patrol:  A NASA Citizen Science Program to Discover New Exoplanets

    Abstract:  You may have heard about the recent discovery of a new planet orbiting a pair of “eclipsing binary” stars led by summer intern Wolf Cukier and his mentor, Veselin Kostov, using data from NASA’s TESS mission.  Eclipsing binaries are pairs of stars whose orbits are lined up in a handy way so the stars pass in front of one another now and then with one star blocking the light from the other.   If there’s a planet orbiting the eclipsing binary, it’s likely to orbit in the same plane as the stars, and block out the light from one or more of the stars as it passes by.   Dr. Kostov will explain how you can join the Planet Patrol  Project and help discover a new exoplanet yourself.


    https://science.nasa.gov/citizenscience/news/help-test-a-new--nasa-citizen-science-project-about-exoplanets


    Speaker:  Dr. Veselin Kostov is the Planet Patrol project leader at Nasa.  Dr. Kostov is a research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and SETI Institute. His research focus is on detection, vetting and characterization of transiting exoplanets from Kepler, K2, and TESS, with the goal of understanding how these form, evolve, and compare to the Solar System.



    • February 25, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Meeting. Link to join the meeting will be sent when you register for the event. Links will be on the bottom of your confirmation email. "
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    Title:  The Human Cosmos


    Note:   We are starting our meeting early because the speaker is in England and is 5 hours ahead of us.  She has graciously agreed to drink tons of coffee to stay awake and meet with us. 


    Abstract:   For at least 20,000 years, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are–our art, religious beliefs, social status, scientific advances, and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. It’s a disconnect with a dire cost.


    Our relationship to the stars and planets has moved from one of awe, wonder and superstition to one where technology is king–the cosmos is now explored through data on our screens, not by the naked eye observing the natural world. Indeed, in most countries modern light pollution obscures much of the night sky from view. Jo Marchant’s spellbinding parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe inspiring view you can ever see–looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life.

     The Human Cosmos takes us to the Hall of the Bulls in the caves at Lascaux in France, and to the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at New Grange in Ireland. We discover Chumash cosmology and visit medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life

    Speaker:   Jo Marchant


    Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology, and an MSc in science communication. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature, and her articles have appeared in The Guardian, Wired, Observer, New Scientist, and Nature. Jo Marchant's previous book, Cure, hit the New York Times bestseller hardcover nonfiction and science lists and was licensed to 27 countries. She is also author of Decoding the Heavens, which was, like Cure, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.




Past events

January 16, 2021 Star Party-Jan is cancelled due to Covid-19 risk
December 17, 2020 The Latest Gravitational Wave Events
November 19, 2020 November Club Meeting: Long Period Variable (LPV) Stars in Globular Clusters
November 13, 2020 Under One Sky 2020 Global Conference-International Dark Sky
October 15, 2020 David Moffett-Strange Stellar Remnants
October 01, 2020 Galileo and the Science Deniers
September 17, 2020 Virtual Tour of the World Largest Meteorite Collection
August 20, 2020 Josh Palmer - Planetary and ISS Photography
July 16, 2020 Club Monthly Meeting - July
June 18, 2020 June Monthly Club Meeting
May 21, 2020 May Club Monthly Meeting
April 24, 2020 Livestream Star Party - Whipple Observatory
April 23, 2020 April Club Monthly Meeting- Will be on-line
April 23, 2020 Southern Star Astronomy Convention - Canceled
April 19, 2020 International Dark Sky Week
April 18, 2020 Star Party April-Canceled
March 21, 2020 The March Star Party is canceled
March 19, 2020 March Club Monthly Meeting is Cancelled
March 04, 2020 Special Presentation : MONSTERS IN THE COSMIC SEA
February 22, 2020 Star Party February
February 20, 2020 February Club Monthly Meeting -- Canceled due to weather
February 10, 2020 Seeds in Space
January 25, 2020 Star Party
January 21, 2020 Project Artemis-Forward to the Moon
January 16, 2020 January Club Monthly Meeting
November 23, 2019 Star Party
November 21, 2019 November RMA Club Meeting
November 14, 2019 November RMA Board Meeting
October 05, 2019 Star Party Rain Date
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