New Jersey Astronomical Association
The Paul Robinson Observatory
Buzz Aldrin Astronomical Center
Observatory Road - Voorhees State Park
P.O. Box 214
High Bridge, New Jersey 08829-0214

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Our 2018 Presentation Schedule

March 24 - Mr. Paul Cirillo (NJAA Member)
Finding Planets around Stars. Launching in April, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than 200,000 stars and identify thousands of planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants. Mr. Cirillo will explain the techniques used and how these discoveries will guide the future of exoplanet exploration.

 

April 28 - Mr. Alan Witzgall (NJAA Member)
"Glass - The Power Behind Discovery" Mr. Witzgall will discuss the history of glass with a focus on its applications in Astronomical discovery.

 

May 26 - Steve Conard
The New Horizons LORRI (Long Range Reconnaissance Imager) Instrument.
Lead engineer Steve Conrad will talk about how it was built and tested. He will also share images from Pluto and Jupiter tell us what to expect at MU69 encounter next winter.
Steve Conard is an optical systems engineer for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

 

June 23 - Stan Honda (New York City based photojournalist)
Mr. Honda's continuing project involves night sky landscapes. He has worked as an artist-in-residence at five national parks, photographing the sky and landscape with the aim of helping preserve our view of the night sky.

 

July 28 - John Andrews
(New Jersey Astronomical Association)

"Man's Love Affair with Mars".

 

August 25 - Mr. Stephen Blazier
(New Jersey Astronomical Association)

Our Local Paul Robinson Observatory Research –
MPC W67 Astrometry of Trans-Neptunian Objects and Orbit Determination

What is an asteroid? How can we predict where they are heading? Why do we care? We will discuss these questions and explain our active research in the field with professional astronomers. Our results have been published by the Minor Planet Center alongside results from Mauna Kea, Kitt Peak, Lowell, Palomar, and the European Southern Observatory.

 

September 22 - Dr. Sonia Tikoo (Rutgers University,
Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences)

Dr. Tikoo's research has focused on lunar paleomagnetism. Her work revealed that our Moon once had a long lived magnetic field. She also recently appeared on a National Geographic special which detailed her study of the paleomagnetism of the Cretaceous Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan Peninsula.

 

October 27 - Dr. Haimin Wang (Distinguished Professor, Physics at NJIT and Director of the Space Weather Research Laboratory)
Dr. Wang's research interests are the physics of the atmosphere of our Sun and solar-like stars. This includes solar/stellar flares, sunspots, prominences, temperatures and radio, microwave and high-energy spectral imaging.