From the Program Chair

By Ira Polans

The December AAAP meeting will be held on the 12th at 7:30PM in Peyton Hall on the Princeton University campus. The talk is by AAAP member William Murray on “The Life and Legacy of Charles Messier”.

Bill’s talk is an examination of the life of the famed 18th century French astronomer Charles Messier and a look at how his work 200 years ago affects amateur astronomers today. Charles Messier is best known today for his catalog of 110 “Messier objects”. The purpose of the catalog was to help astronomical observers, in particular comet hunters, distinguish between permanent and transient objects in the night sky. These objects turn out to be some of the best nighttime objects to introduce the public to.

We are still looking for volunteers to give a 10 minute talk at future club meeting. If interested, please contact me at Please let me know the topic and your availability.

There will not be a meet-the-speaker dinner prior to the club meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at the December meeting!

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