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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.

2015 Observing Season and Open Houses at Jacobsen Observatory

Reservations are strongly recommended for the talks as the TJO classroom holds only 50 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.

We apologize for the inconvenience of not being able to accommodate everyone who wants to visit the Observatory and take part in the talks given by UW undergraduates. The classroom holds only 50 people; the dome that houses the 1892 refracting telescope can have a maximum of only 12 adults at a time. Visits to the dome and discussions with Seattle Astronomical Society members last about 10-15 minutes. We are excited with how excited everyone is about astronomy! "Tickets" (which are free) to visit the dome are distributed in the order in which reservations are made.
September 2 - 8:00 pm Mallory Thorpe (physics and astronomy) will be presenting an all inclusive discussion titled The Planet Club. Included will be how the definition of a planet has changed over the years, covering the discovery of Neptune, exoplanets, and the controversy of Pluto's planetary status. THIS TALK IS CURRENTLY FULL, WITH A LONG STANDBY REQUEST LIST.
September 16 - 8:00 pm Brianna Lacy (physics and astronomy). Exomoons Exoplanetology has exploded in the last ten years. On the cutting edge of this young and growing field, a small group of astronomers are moving a step further and searching for exomoons. No discoveries have been made to date, but given planetary formation theories and the abundance of moons in our own solar system, there is little doubt that Exomoons are plentiful. Come and hear an over view of exomoon study including: their relevance to accurate planetary characterization, the possibility of habitable exomoons, and the techniques astronomers are implementing to try and find them. THIS TALK IS CURRENTLY FULL. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN MARCH OF 2016 FOR OUR 2016 OBSERVING SEASON THAT WILL OPEN THE 1ST WEDNESDAY IN APRIL.

2015 Schedule

Month1st Weds3rd WedsHours
April1158 - 10 pm
May6209 - 11 pm
June3179 - 11 pm
July1159 - 11 pm
August5199 - 11 pm
September2168 - 10 pm
Our observing open house season ends on September 16, 2015. Thanks to everyone for the enthusiasm, questions, patience, inquisitiveness, and for coming to share astronomy with us! Hope to see many of you again starting April 6, 2016.

2016 Open House Schedule

Month1st Weds3rd WedsHours
April6208 - 10 pm
May4189 - 11 pm
June1159 - 11 pm
July6209 - 11 pm
August3179 - 11 pm
September7218 - 10 pm
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