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Past Meetings
2012

 
2012

December 9      LHAG Desert Party at Kilaga Springs Lodge

December 5      LHAG General Meeting   
"Exploring the Planets - an Update"  by Anthony Oreglia 
                         Anthony  presented an update of the presentation he gave in October, 2010, with a focus on the current nine
                         planetary missions, and an emphasis on Messenger and the Mars Science laboratory (CURIOSITY).
 

November 19   CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
                         Lecture 06 - Feasting Supermassive Black Holes
                                     Lecture Discussion and Q & A

                         Current Topics in Cosmology - Article Review/Discussion presented by Don Wilson
                         Alternate Views of Cosmology



Nov 7              General Meeting    "What's Out There Beyond Neptune?  -- The Outer Solar System" by Tom Eason
                        Ron Olson substituted for Tom Eason. Almost everybody understands the basic layout of the planets in our solar
                        system. But that general knowledge stops at Neptune or maybe Pluto, the recently “demoted” farthest planet. But our
                        solar system extends far beyond there. Ron's presentation explained what’s out there and why. He described the three
                        general groupings of those distant bodies; the Kuiper Belt, the Scattered Disc, and the Oort Cloud, and also a few
                        "oddballs" that don’t fit any of the groups.


Oct 18             Cameron Park Observatory Trip 
                      
  Special private viewing for LHAG at the Cameron Park Community Observatory


October 15      CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
November 19  CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
                        Lecture 05 - Monster of the Milky Way and Other Galaxies

October 11       Exploring the Night Sky Class - Night #1 
                       
  Learn how to locate and identify objects in the night sky using your naked eye, binoculars, and small telescopes
                       
  Contact Ron Olson (408-1435)  
rolson@starstream.net  

October 3         General Meeting   "Big Bang - The Greatest Show on Earth" by Don Wilson
                         A reality Check of over 2,300 years of Western Cosmology development, the science (or lack thereof) involved,
                         interpreters and various personality wars that had led to the present Big Bang Model and beyond.

September 17  
CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"

November 19  CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
                         Lecture 04 - Searching for Stellar Mass Black Holes


September 5     General Meeting  "Searching for Earth's Twin: NASA's Kepler Mission" by Edna DeVore  Deputy CEO and the
                         Director of Education and Public Outreach at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, CA.
                         Is Earth unique in the universe? How many Earth-size planets exist? Edna described NASA’s Kepler Mission, which 
                         seeks to answer these questions by searching for Earth-size planets orbiting in the habitable zone of Sun-size stars.


August 27        Observing the Moon, Planets, and Bright Stars  
                        
Rossi Lane Observing Session

August 20       
CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
November 19  CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
                         Lecture 03 - Gamma Ray Bursts - The Birth of Black Holes

August            
"Cosmic Affects" Presentation and Planetarium Show at Sierra College by Prof Dick Marasso
                         Dick's presentation explored various astronomical phenomena and how they 'affect' the Earth and the human
                         condition. Examples include "Did the Moon help sink the Titanic?", sunspots, meteors and music. His presentation
                         included a planetarium show of the summer night sky.

 June               
CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
November 19  CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
                         Lecture 02 - The Violent Death of Massive Stars

CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
November 19  CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"                          Lecture 03 - Gamma Ray Bursts - The Birth of Black Holes

June 7             
Community Forum - "The Colors of the Night Sky" by Ken Crawford - Orchard Creek Lodge - 7 PM
                       
Ken Crawford is an internationally known astrophotographer who images the sky from his Rancho Del Sol
                        Observatory in Camino. Ken is also the Chief Docent for the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory in
                        Placerville.
Ken's images have been featured in numerous magazines, books, websites, movies, and public displays,
                        including NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day."

                                   His presentation, "The Colors of the Night Sky," featured a colorful tour of our universe using his award winning 
                       images. Ken also demonstrated how amateurs are contributing to science and research with images of colliding
                       galaxies that reveal their cannibalistic ways.

 June 5            General Meeting  "
Venus Transit Viewing Event"  Behind Orchard Creek Lodge  - 3 PM till sunset
                       View the planet Venus as it passes in front of the Sun. Telescopes with solar filters were be provided to view this event
                       which will not occur again until 2117. 
(Caution: Never look directly at the sun with your eyes or a telescope without
                       adequate eye protection such as a solar filter).

May               
CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
November 19  CIG  Video Lecture "Black Holes Explained"
                        Lecture 01 - A General Introduction to Black Holes


May                General Meeting    "Fatal Attraction"
Everything You Wanted to know about Gravity, But Were Afraid to Ask" by
                       Morey Lewis   "Text"
                      
From Galileo to Einstein, and our Solar System to stars, galaxies and the universe, Morey explained the evolution of
                       the theory of gravity, and its effects on our own solar system to the universe beyond
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May                 April              CIG Video Lecture
                       Lecture 36 - A Comprehensive Universe?

April               General Meeting 
"The Search for Finding Earth-like Planets - Exoplanet Update" by Dave Wood
                     Dave reviewed the various techniques used to search for exoplanets. He also showed recent results, with a focus on
                       the observations from the Kepler Mission, and discussed the criteia for "Earth-like" planets.


March             CIG Video Lecture
                       Lecture 35 - What's Next for Cosmology?

March            General Meeting
     "Black Holes, Black Stars, and Naked Singularities - When gravity rules, weird things happen" Tom Eason"Black Holes, Black Stars, and Naked Singularities - When gravity rules, weird things happen" Tom Eason "Black Holes, Black Stars, and Naked Singularities - When Gravity Rules, Weird Things Happen"   
                       by Tom Eason
                      
Black holes are curiosities of the first order. Just about everybody knows a little bit about them. “Once something goes
                       in, it will never come out.” There is a lot more about them that is interesting beyond just this central property. Tom
                       explained how and where they are born, how they are structured, how they grow (and sometimes shrink).  He
                       discussed Black Stars, which are “would be” black holes that didn’t quite make the grade, and Naked Singularities. 
                       They are related to black holes, and may be real or just scientific fancy, but either way they stretch one’s
                       imagination.


 February        CIG
                        Lecture 34 - Fine Tuning the Anthropic Argument
                        Lecture Discussion Q & A

 February        General Meeting   
"Constellations Through Time" by John Neil
                       
John explained the evolution of Constellations through time and how the current 88 "official" Constellations became
                        the modern day standard
.

January            CIG
                         Futrure Plans Discussed

January 4          General Meeting   
"M&M's from the Sky" by Nina Mazzo
                         Nina described Meteoroids and Meteorites - their composition, where are they found, sources and types and impacts
                         and collisions. Attendees were able touch and feel some unique samples.provided by Carol and Al Witten
.