2021 Monthly Meeting Presentations
The meetings normally, but not always, occur on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. See the club website home page each month for more details.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings have been presented virtually online using the Webex platform.
January 7, 2021 – Mark (Indy) Kochte, NASA Science Operations Specialist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; “What is a Planet? Defining the Undefinable!”
February 11, 2021 – Robert P. Naeye, former editor-in-chief of Sky & Telescope magazine; “Detecting Life Beyond Earth”
March 4, 2021 – Morgan Cable, PhD, Ocean Worlds Program Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; “Exploration of the Solar System’s Ocean Worlds”
April 1, 2021 – Richard S. Wright, astronomy author and astro-photographer; “First Principles of Astrophotography”
May 6, 2021 – Dan Reichart, PhD, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; “Observing with Skynet: Our Place In Space!”
June 3, 2021 – Luisa M. Rebull, Research Astronomer at the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at Caltech; “The Universe in the Infrared: Spitzer’s Final Voyage”
July 15, 2021 – Jack Burns, PhD, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado–Boulder; “Taking Silicon Valley to the Moon”
August 5, 2021 – Joey Rodriguez, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University; “TESS Delivers New Planets and Science Opportunities”
September 2, 2021 – Candice Hansen-Koharcheck, PhD, NASA-awarded Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute; “NASA’s Juno Spacecraft and the JunoCam”
October 7, 2021 – Bob Berman, Astronomer, author, and science popularizer; “What is the Universe?”
November 4, 2021 – Tracy Drain, Flight Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Topic to be announced soon
December 2, 2021 – Thomas Prettyman, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute; Topic to be determined