Public Events at the CfA
Monthly Observatory Night
(Free lecture and observing every 3rd Thursday except June, July, and August - and sometimes December).
Next Event: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7:30 pm: "Jupiter & Mars Return"
The King of Planets and the God of War dominate the night sky this spring. These two neighboring worlds contrast each other dramatically - one small and rocky, one huge and gaseous. Learn about the differences between gas-giant and terrestrial planets, both in our solar system and beyond, from planetary scientist Ruth Murray-Clay, and then observe both of these worlds through telescopes to highlight this memorable evening.
Watch it Live
Local Astronomy Club
Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (Boston area's largest and oldest astronomy club)
(Meets every 2nd Thursday except August in Phillips Auditorium).
Next Event: Thursday, April 10, 2014, 8:00 pm: "Solar Probe Plus and SWEAP"
Our speaker this month will be Dr. Justin Kasper of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for astrophysics. He specializes in the development of instrumentation for measuring extreme environments from the surface of the sun to the outer solar system and is most interested in exploring the forces driving solar flares and the high-energy solar wind continuously streaming away from the sun. He is currently lead investigator for an instrument named SWEAP designed to measure Solar Wind Electrons Alphas and Protons. Tonight Dr. Kasper will talk about this project and the upcoming Solar Probe Plus mission to the sun on which it will be flown. Come and learn about this important and exciting mission that will take a spacecraft into the solar corona.
We welcome your comments!
* Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 6 / Imaginova Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp.