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TJO Evening Public Talk Schedule and Topics

The majority of the talks of the open house season are given by undergraduates at the University of Washington, individuals who are either majoring in physics and astronomy or are in other majors but really enthusiastic about astronomy. The level of the talks varies with the topic. Some are geared more to the younger visitors; most are geared for high school level. Please come and lend your support. By being in the audience you will be taking part in the educational program at the U of W.

2014 Observing Season and Open Houses at Jacobsen Observatory

Reservations are strongly recommended for the talks as the TJO classroom holds only 45 people. All visitors are welcome to come and tour the observatory and view the night sky if clear. The Seattle Astronomical Society members will be on hand to answer questions.

 

Please note that if a talk has filled and while the talk is going on, you do not need a reservation to still tour the Observatory, talk with SAS members in the dome, and look through telescopes if clear. On crowded nights, reservations are needed for going up to the dome after the talk has finished. Individuals with reservations for the talk automatically get a group number for going up to the dome, distributed in the order the reservations were made.

  • April 16 8:00 pm Ryan Dunbabin "Space Travel"
    April 16 8:30 pm Chris Morgon "Gravity and Tidal Forces"

    Mars was in opposition on April 8 (Sun---Earth--Mars alignment), but will be at its closest during this passing up by Earth on April 14, just 2 days before this viewing opportunity. If the skies are at all clear, we should be able to see Jupiter at the start of the evening and the red planet Mars after about 9:30 pm (it rises earlier but will be blocked by tall trees on campus). Ryan's and Chris's talks are certainly appropriate for this celestial event! For more information, go to http://mars.nasa.gov/allaboutmars/nightsky/opposition/

2014 Schedule

Month1st Weds3rd WedsHours
April2168 - 10 pm
May7219 - 11 pm
June4189 - 11 pm
July2169 - 11 pm
August6209 - 11 pm
September3178 - 10 pm
October1157 - 9 pm
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