Roper Mountain Astronomers

Upcoming events

    • January 21, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Greenville County Library, Fountain Inn Branch

    Project Artemis-Forward to the Moon
    Led by NASA Solar System Ambassador David Leaphart

    Registration Required: Email fountaininn@greenvillelibrary.org or call 862-2576 to register.

    Location: 
    Greenville County Library
    Fountain Inn Branch
    311 N Main St, Fountain Inn, SC 29644
    (864) 862-2576

    Link to Event:

    http://millennium.greenvillelibrary.org/record=g1003853~S14

    Please note: This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Roper Mountain Astronomers. 

    • January 25, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Dark Sky Site
    Register


    • February 10, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Greenville County Library, Five Forks Branch

    Spending a long time in space requires the ability to grow food. NASA ambassador David Leaphart shares how seeds and growing food in space are affected by micro gravity and radiation.

    Registration Required: Email fiveforks@greenvillelibrary.org or call 864-234-4904 to register.

    Location:
    Greenville County Library
    Five Forks Branch
    104 Sunnydale Dr, Simpsonville, SC 29681
    864-234-4904

    Event Link: 
    http://millennium.greenvillelibrary.org/record=g1003649&searchscope=0&SORT2=R

    Please note: This event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Roper Mountain Astronomers. 

    • February 20, 2020
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Roper Mountain Science Center
    Register

    SOFIA-The Flying Observatory

    SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is a Boeing 747SP aircraft modified to carry a 2.7-meter (106-inch) reflecting telescope (with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters or 100 inches). Flying into the stratosphere at 38,000-45,000 feet puts SOFIA above 99 percent of Earth’s infrared-blocking atmosphere, allowing astronomers to study the solar system and beyond in ways that are not possible with ground-based telescopes. SOFIA is made possible through a partnership between NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

    SOFIA is designed to observe the infrared universe. Many objects in space emit almost all their energy at infrared wavelengths and are often invisible when observed with visible light. In other cases, celestial clouds of gas and dust block the light emitted by more distant objects, but infrared energy pierces through these clouds. In both cases, the only way to learn about these objects is to study the infrared light they emit.

    This talk will give an overview of the SOFIA program, highlight some new technology, and discuss ongoing scientific research.

    Guest Speaker Bob Brauer


    As a life long amateur astronomer, Bob Brauer has been involved with astronomy clubs and public outreach across the country. He is a past president of the San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA) in San Jose, California. His engineering career in Silicon Valley with Siemens and Sun Microsystems led him to the opportunity to join NASA's SOFIA program as the Safety and Quality Assurance Manager for Universities Space Research Association (USRA) for 10 years until his retirement in 2018. Bob and his wife Karen moved to the Greenville area in 2019 and he is having great fun as a staff astronomer and volunteer for the Roper Mountain Science Center.

    This talk will give an overview of the SOFIA program, highlight some new technology, and discuss ongoing scientific research.


Past events

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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