From the Program Chair

by John Church, Program Chair

In November we were treated to a fine presentation given by astrophotographer Jerry Lodriguss, featuring photos that he has produced over the years using advanced CCD and editing techniques.  The art of astrophotography has certainly progressed rapidly in the last decade or so.  Several of our own members are continuing to do excellent work in this area as well.

Our December 14 meeting will feature Prof. (and AAAP member) Bob Vanderbei  and Prof. J. Richard Gott of Princeton University discussing their new National Geographic book, “Sizing Up the Universe.”  The book will feature many of Bob’s photos taken from his driveway.  The authors will be signing copies of their book, which will be on sale during the intermission.

On January 11, we will have our own Dr. Ken Kremer to speak on “The Space Shuttle, The Space Station, and What’s Beyond for NASA.”  The talk will include many of Ken’s photos and descriptions from personal behind-the-scenes visits to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, where Ken has a press pass.

On February 8, Dr. Fronefield (Froney) Crawford from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, will be speaking on the topic of “New Searches for Old Pulsars.”

March and May are open as of this writing.  On April 12 we will have Michael Molnar speaking on “The Star of Bethlehem,” a topic he has extensively researched. Michael will be signing copies of his book on this subject during the intermission.  On June 14, we will be treated to another presentation by Bill Murray in the New Jersey State Museum Planetarium in Trenton.

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