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Mtg & Special Event: Astronomy Slam! A Friendly Competition

January 16, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Warren Astronomical Society meets monthly on the third Thursday in a room in the library (Building J) at Macomb Community College’s South Campus. We meet in Room 221, just to the left of the main desk.

We do a bit of club business early on, then have a major presentation usually put together by one of our members.

Program: Astronomy Slam! hosted by Jim Foerch of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association.

Attention science geeks and astronomy nerds: we’re going to have an astronomy slam! Members of the Warren Astronomical Association and the general public are invited/challenged to answer 1101011 (base 2) questions on astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics created by science educator and astronomy popularizer James “Mr. Jim” Foerch. The questions range from easy – “On which planet were you born?” – to challenging – “What is the resolution of the 120 orders of magnitude discrepancy between general relativity and quantum field theory?”

You will receive a contestant number when you enter if you wish to participate. Contestants and questions will then be chosen randomly. Prizes for correct answers include kudos from the audience, the satisfaction of being ‘firstus with the mostus’, and a swell certificate. This promises to be a fun, raucous evening of science, wisecracks, wry comments, and deep insights. Fire up your science mojo and join us!


Numbers are passed out as people arrive to those who wish to participate. The moderator will choose the numbered contestants using a random number generator app. The questions are in random order in a Powerpoint presentation.

The contestant numbers will be printed on their certificates of participation.

Correct answers receive applause and the certificate. Contestants may ‘call a friend’, but any ‘friend’ may only be called once. Wrong answers are passed on to the next contestant drawn. Contested answers and unanswered questions are discussed at large.

After each WAS Macomb meeting, some club members get together to continue to the discussion in a more free-form way at the National Coney Island on Van Dyke just north of 12 Mile. This is an opportunity to further discuss astronomy in an informal environment for about an hour or so. All members and guests are invited to join us there.

If you would like to present a short talk (5-15 minutes) or a long talk (40-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Jonathan Kade at firstvp@warrenastro.org.

The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.

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January 16, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Macomb Community College – South Campus – Library
14500 E 12 Mile Rd Building J
Warren, MI 48088 us
586-445-7401 ext. 2


Warren Astronomical Society

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