April 2017 Newsletter

Upcoming major activities beyond Outreach Events Calendar 

Las Cumbres Observatory
Las Cumbres Observatory

Dear Friends, Las Cumbres Observatory is hosting an Open House next week April 19th at our headquarters in Goleta. Please come and meet our staff and hear about the exciting work that we do in astronomy. Feel free to share this invitation. https://lco.global/events/openhouse/

The 66th KITP Public Lecture, Black Holes & Gravitational Waves - Was Einstein Right? by Saul Teukolsky
This event will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017, at 8:00 PM at The New Vic Theater at 33 W. Victoria Street.
RSVP by May 12, and please be mindful that reservations are held only until 7:50 that evening.
http://www.kitp.ucsb.edu/public-lecture-rsvp or call (805) 893-6324.
Sponsored by the Friends of KITP

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance

AU outreach volunteers were at it again in 2016!
As of the newsletter deadline we are at 219 events for the year, with attendance of 15,243. Again this year, over 30 members earned membership extensions. Remember, just help out at six AU outreach events in a year, and your membership gets extended a year, for free!

Friday, April 7th at 7 PM 2017
Our speaker for the meeting will be Sean Kelly, Sean grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High and then went on to study physics at UCSB. He left Santa Barbara (too small) and moved to New York to begin his graduate studies. Sean met his wife Mary in New York and has a 16 year old son, Connor. After receiving a masters degree from NYU, Sean was invited to continue doing research at Brooklyn College under Professor Micha Tomkiewicz who promised him it would only take a few years.

Sean spent seven years teaching physics and doing research in experimental solid state physics at Brooklyn College, CUNY (1995-2002). He taught high school physics and chemistry at private schools in New York (Xaverian High School, 2002-2007) and in Santa Barbara (Bishop Diego High School, 2007-2013) before finally landing at Santa Barbara City College. Sean first taught as an adjunct for the SBCC astronomy lab in fall 2009. He worked as an adjunct in physics and astronomy from 2009-2015 and began “the best job of his life” in fall 2015 as a tenure track astronomy professor.

Title: Space Elevator, The physics behind other such structures in space. I plan to review what is possible now and also to outline the needed advances in technology that will be able to make it a reality.

Click this link for a listing of our past speakers

SBAU Telescope Workshop Every Tuesday 7:30pm to 9:00pm 

"Want to learn how to make your own telescope or learn more about astrophotography?  Well, the SBAU has a Telescope Workshop!  At the Telescope Workshop, we cover construction techniques for mirrors and telescopes, but also optics, cameras, and image processing software discussions.  We encourage novice astronomers to come, ask questions, and even build, while  advanced members are re-invited to attend if they want to discuss telescope issues not covered at the monthly meetings or just to help out. Check out http://sbautw.blogspot.com for a sample of past weekly Tuesday night sessions at the Broder Building at the Museum of Natural History."

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Register NOW at http://www.sbau.org/sbauforum/ . The Public is more than welcome, start or join a conversation with Santa Barbara area astronomy & telescope club members. (read your comments out loud before sending and see if your mother would approve)!" 
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