From the Program Chair

by Ira Polans, Program Chair

Monthly Meetings Resume–Virtually

Club Members,

As we, all practice safe social distancing; AAAP is resuming its meetings on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 PM using Zoom. (See below for more details).

Please read or print this email as there is a lot of information to review. Most of your questions are answered in this email.

Featured Speaker: Club member Bob Vanderbei is the May speaker and will give a talk on Astro Dynamics. Bob, like most avid astrophotographers, has already taken pictures of all of the interesting stars, nebulae, and galaxies visible in the northern night sky. So, a natural question is: What’s next? One common answer is to take much, much longer exposures to capture interesting faint stuff that wasn’t visible in one’s earlier images of the same target. Another common answer is to go (either physically or virtually) to somewhere in the southern hemisphere where there’s a bunch of cool stuff astro stuff that we can’t see up here in the north. A third answer, which is the one he likes the best, is to revisit objects we’ve already imaged and see if anything has changed. Sometimes things do change. With that in mind, Bob will discuss changes he’s seen and will talk about supernovae, variable stars, the Crab Nebula, the Dumbbell Nebula, and of course Betelgeuse. The image comparisons are surprising and the stories are interesting.

Members are welcome to invite friends and acquaintances by forwarding the link (contained at the end of this email). However, please be aware that we arelimited to 100 participants. Therefore, share your screen rather sharing the link whenever possible.

How to Join the May Meeting: For the meeting, we are going to follow a simple two-step process:

  1. At the end of this email is the information you need to join Tuesday’s meeting. You are welcome to share the link with friends and family. However, we are limited to 100 participants (connections).
  2. The night of the meeting just click on the link in the email and you will be taken to the meeting. You do not need a Zoom account or create one to join the meeting. Nor are you required to use a webcam. We will open the meeting at 7:10 so you have plenty of time to join.

NOTE: If you click on the meeting link and it doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your browser.

More Information on Zoom: The Zoom site has many training videos most are for people who are hosting a meeting. If you’re unsure how Zoom works you might want to view the videos on how to join a meeting or how to check your computer’s audio and video before the meeting.

Meeting Agenda

7:10 PM  Meeting Room Opens NOTE: You will not be able to join until the host opens the meeting room.

7:30 PM  Meeting Starts

Opening Remarks (Rex)

Speaker Introduction (Ira)

Featured Presentation (Bob Vanderbei)

Q&A (About 10-15 minutes)

Business Meeting

 

Virtual Meeting Procedures

  1. For this meeting AAAP is not monitoring chat.
  2. During our trial run, we found that being near your router improves performance. This is not a requirement to join the meeting.
  3. Please do not share your screen during the meeting
  4. Once the meeting room opens you may use the chat feature (if you know how to do this already) and your audio will be on. After the Introduction we will mute all participants and disable self-unmuting. You may continue to use chat if desired.
  5. During the Speaker’s Presentation, please turn off your own video as this helps the presentation run smoothly.
  6. Once the Q&A session begins, we will unmute everybody and enable self-unmuting.
  7. For the business meeting we are going to lock the meeting. This means that if you lose your connection we will do our best to readmit you.

 

Meeting Invitation

Members are welcome to invite friends and acquaintances by forwarding the link below. However, please be aware that we are limited to 100 participants. Therefore, share your screen rather sharing the link whenever possible.

Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: AAAP May Meeting

Time: May 12, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/98466394342?pwd=SHE0ZUZ1UVdwSHM3c3dEZWNVdjZKdz09

NOTE: If you click on the meeting link and it doesn’t work, simply copy and paste it into your browser.

Meeting ID: 984 6639 4342

Password: 674557

One tap mobile

+19292056099,,98466394342#,,1#,674557# US (New York)

 

Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 984 6639 4342

Password: 674557

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ab1sLeKqrj

 

NOTES:

  1.  You do not need a Zoom account or create one to join the meeting.
  2.  You are not required to use a webcam. This means you can join using just an audio or phone connection.
  3. We will open the meeting at 7:10 so you have plenty of time to join
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