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Past Meetings
2015

 
2015


December 6      LHAG Christmas Party at Kilaga Springs
                         Members enjoyed a luncheon buffet, a raffle and an astronomy quiz (with prizes). 

November 19   TIG     
                        
At the November meeting Ron Olson gave a presentation on the features of galaxies, nebulae and star clusters and
                         how to locate them in the winter sky using Astronomy apps on cellphones, tablets and automated features of
                         members' telescopes.

                        
Contact Bob Collins bobpcoll@community.net  (916-253-9890) for more information.


November 16  
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                         Lecture 29 - Back to GUT - Matter and Forces Merge
                         Lecture 30 - Puzzling Problems Remain
                        
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

November 4   
LHAG General Meeting      "Infrared Astronomy" by John Combes
                        Celestial objects such as gas and dust clouds, protostars and exoplanets are easily detected using the infrared part of
                        the spectrum. The Earth's atmosphere limits detecting infrared light which requires high altitude and space telescopes
                        to carry out the task. John described how astronomers view objects using the infrared portion of the spectrum.

October 22      TIG
                        Ron Olson gave a presentation on locating planets, stars and deep sky objects that can be seen from Lincoln by
                        members using their own telescopes.
                      

                        Contact Bob Collins bobpcoll@community.net  (916-253-9890) for more information.

October 19      CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                        Lecture 27 - Physics at Ultrahigh Temperatures
                        Lecture 28 - Back to a Microsecond - The Particle Cascade
                       
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

October 13      Lincoln Hills Observing Night at Rossi Lane
                        Members gathered at Rossi Lane to view the planets, stars and deep sky objects at our Rossi Lane viewing site in
                        Lincoln Hills.
   DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                          Lecture 29 - Back to GUT - Matter and Forces Merge                          Lecture 30 - Puzzling Problems Remain                          Lecture Discussion and Q & A

October 7    
neral Meeting   LHAG General Meeting      "The New Horizons Mission to Pluto" by Don Wilson
                        Don described the various elements of the recent New Horizons mission to Pluto and concluded with what is between
                        Pluto and the edge of the Solar system.

September 27  Total Eclipse of the Moon Viewing Party behind OC Lodge
                        Telescopes and binoculars were set up behind Orchard Creek Lodge to view this unique event after sunset. A large
                        number of members and guests viewed this unusual Lunar Eclipse.

September 24  TIG
                        This month's meeting began with a video from Sky and Telescope entitled "Caring for Your Telescope" followed by
                        hands-on demonstrations.


Sepember 21  
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                        Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang
                        Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model
                       
Lecture Discussion and Q & A

September 2   
LHAG General Meeting      "Saturn's F Ring: What We Know and How Do We Know It" by Robert French (SETI)
                        The most dynamic of Saturn's fascinating rings, the F Ring, was not seen until Pioneer 11 in 1979. Further
                        observations by Voyager, Cassini and the Hubble Space Telescope have shown the F Ring to be astoundingly  
                        dynamic even on an hourly basis. Rob presented how we discovered these interesting facts and what we know about
                        the ring structure, particle size, dynamics, chemical composition, environment, evolution over time, and the causes of
                        rapid change. Many of these facts have just recently been published.

August 27       TIG   
                        The August meeting began with a Sky and Telescope video on "How to use a Telescope" followed by members Al  
                        Witten and Ron Yelton demonstrating how to align and use Alt/Az and equatorial telescopes. 

                       
Contact Bob Collins bobpcoll@community.net  (916-253-9890) for more information.

August 17
      CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                        Lecture 23 - Atom Factories - Stellar Interiors
                        Lecture 24 - Understanding Element Abundances
                       
Lecture Discussion and Q & A
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A  

August 5        
Planetarium Show and Presentation      Professor David Dunn - "Eclipses in My Life"
                        Sierra College Professor David Dunn
gave an excellent planetarium show and the presentation "Eclipses in My Life."
                        He described the various types of eclipses, when and where past eclipses occurred and when future eclipses will 
                        occur. A Total Lunar Eclipse will occur on Sept. 27 this year. This Lunar eclipse can be viewed at the LHAG Total
                        Eclipse of the Moon Viewing Party behind the Orchard Creek Lodge.   
                     
 
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & Aontact Bob Collins bobpcoll@community.net  (916-253-9890) for more information.
June 25            TIG
                        The June meeting began with a Sky and Telescope video "How to Buy a Telescope. This was followed by Al Witten
                        showed and described his two telescopes: a Dobsonian and a Schmidt-Maksutov.                 


                       
Contact Bob Collins bobpcoll@community.net  (916-253-9890) for more information.

June 11            Blue Canyon Star Party     
                        A large group of LHAG astronomers enjoyed clear, dark skies and warm weather at our Star Party at Blue Canyon 
                        through a variety of telescopes with lens/mirror sizes ranging in sizes from 5.5 inches to 11 inches. Starbucks coffee
                        and cookies provided by Nina Mazzo were enjoyed by all. We saw Venus, Jupiter and three of its moons, Saturn and a
                        couple of its moons, double stars, galaxies, star clusters and nebulae objects.

June 3             Community Forum    "The Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations" by Sierra College Professor Barry Rice
                       
In his presentation, Professor Rice entertained the audience by having fun speculating about life in our galaxy. Why
                        isn’t it the case that we’ve detected aliens? (Or have we?) And you’ll learn why you should never again utter the
                        foolish phrase—“I think they’re out there, they just haven’t gotten here yet.” Prof. Rice discussed a comprehensive
                        list of factors including interstellar travel times, reported sightings, cover-up theories, conditions for life, and active
                        search. 
  
May 28           TIG
                       The initial meeting was very successful, and the group will have its second meeting on June 25. This group will focus
                       on all aspects of owning and using personal telescopes. This will include purchasing a telescope for those who wish to
                       own their own telescope, assistance on how to operate their personal telescope, and learning the basics of finding
                       objects in the night sky to make the viewing experience more enjoyable.

May 18          CIG     
DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                       Lectures 18-22
                      
Lecture Discussion and Q & A by Morey Lewis

CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A
May 6           
LHAG General Meeting      "Selling the Sun" by Forrest Lockhart
                     
Forrest Lockhart presented the recent history of earth based and robotic solar astronomy and how new technologies
                      have allowed us to bring safe solar observing to the general public. 
Forrest also described the successful Solar Docent
                      program he initiated at the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory with the goal of teaching safe solar
                      astronomy to school children. The LHAG has scheduled a Solar Observing trip to the observatory on Thursday, May
                      21.
RSVP to bob Collins  
bobpcoll@community.net   253-9890


April 20        CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                      Lectures 13-22
                      Morey Lewis conducted a review and discussion about the most recent 10 lectures in this series.

April 1            LHAG General Meeting      "Hubble Space Telescope - 25th Anniversary" by John Combes
                     
John Combes presented an update on the latest discoveries by the Hubble Space Telescope - how this amazing
                      telescope continues to make ground-breaking discoveries even after years of operation and why it is hailed as the one
                      of the most important scientific instruments ever made in man’s history.
Lecture Discussion and Q & A by Morey Lewis
 
                     What's New in Astronomy  -  John Neill presented new information about the composition of asteroids.

March 26       Rossi Lane Observing Night
                 
    Clear skies and warm weather contributed to an excellent turnout for this Lincoln Hills viewing event. Several
                      telescopes and large binoculars were provided by members for all to view Jupiter, Venus,The Pleiades, other star
                      clusters, galaxies and constellations.

March 16       C
IG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                       Lecture 21 - Giant Black holes - Construction and Carnage
                       Lecture 22 - The Galaxy Web - A Relic of Primordial Sound
                      
Lecture Discussion and Q & A
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A 

March 4         LHAG General Meeting      "The Kepler Mission: 1000 Exoplanets and Counting" by Edna Devore, Director of 
                      Education and Outreach at the SETI Institute.
                     
Edna took us on a tour of exoplanet discoveries made by NASA's Kepler Mission. Launched in 2009, the Kepler
                      Mission space telescope has collected the light from almost 200,000 distant stars in search of their planets. As of 2015,
                      more than 1,000 exoplanets have been confirmed out of more than 4,000 candidate planets. We learned about these
                      discoveries, and what they tell us about our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
                      What's New in Astronomy -
Nina Mazzo presented an update on the Dawn Mission to the dwarf planet Ceres.


March 16       CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle
                       Lecture 19 - Infant Galaxies
                       Lecture 20 - From Child to Maturity - Galaxy Evolution
                      
Lecture Discussion and Q & A
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A 
CIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                        Lecture 21 - Giant Black holes - Construction and Carnage                        Lecture 22 - The Galaxy Web - A Relic of Primordial Sound                        Lecture Discussion and Q & ACIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A  IG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                        Lecture 21 - Giant Black holes - Construction and Carnage                        Lecture 22 - The Galaxy Web - A Relic of Primordial Sound                        Lecture Discussion and Q & ACIG      DVD Lecture Series      "Cosmology - The History and Nature of our Universe" by Professor Mark Whittle                         Lecture 25 - Light Elements Made in the Big Bang                         Lecture 26 - Putting It Together - The Concordance Model                         Lecture Discussion and Q & A 

February 4      LHAG General Meeting    The Mars and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN)
                       The Mars and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) was launched in Nov. 2013 and it had arrived and is orbiting Mars! It will
                       orbit the planet and study the top of its atmosphere and how it interacts with sunlight and with the Solar Wind. The 
                       goal is to understand where the water and CO2 from an earlier atmosphere went. In this video, at a public lecture at
                       the American Geophysical Union Fall 2014 meeting, speakers discussed the mission concept, science observations
                       made during the cruise to get there and observations of comet Siding Spring (which made a close approach to Mars in
                       October 2014) as well as early observations of Mars' upper atmosphere. They also went into detail about how the
                       spacecraft was developed and launched and the day-to-day operations as it orbits Mars.

January 19      Chabot Space and Science Center Trip
                       
Many Astronomy Group members and other LH residents enjoyed a bus trip to the Chabot Space and Science
                       center. The center has many interesting astronomy exhibits and several different videos shown in the planetarium
                       theater.

January 7        LHAG General Meeting      "Roswell Incident" by Don Wilson
                       
Don presented the results of his investigation which revealed the truth behind the "Roswell Incident" in New
                         Mexico's high desert.  The overall investigation encountered multiple erroneous interpretations of the observations
                         which was further complicated by the relentless military cover-ups.



rk Whittle                        Lecture 33 - Inflation's Stunning Creativity                        Lecture 34 - Fine tuning and Anthropiic Arguements                        Lecture Discussion and Q & A