Mtg & Talk: “A Tour of the Local Neighborhood”
September 19, 2019 @ 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.
Main Talk: “A Tour of the Local Neighborhood” by Bob Trembley
Bob Trembley will take you on a tour of the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond! Using the amazing app Space Engine, Bob will fly you to several different planets and moons in our solar system, and then fly you to nebulae, star clusters and wherever else the audience might wish to go. Bob’s comment about Space Engine is that “it’s one of the few apps that really makes you appreciate that you live in a sea of stars!” SpaceEngine is the application used to create the graphics for OVERVIEW VR – which Bob has shown to hundreds of people, including several WAS members. Bob uses SpaceEngine every week to create exoplanet images for his posts on the Sacred Space Astronomy blog – the blog of the Vatican Observatory Foundation.
Bob Trembley has been an amateur astronomer and has loved astronomy and space his entire life; he is a volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and the 2019 outreach officer for the Warren Astronomical Society. Bob works for the Vatican Observatory Foundation, writing astronomy and space science posts for the “Sacred Space Astronomy Blog” with Br. Guy Consolmagno and other astronomers. Bob also maintains the VOF website, does social media work, creates newsletters and media… and whatever else gets thrown at him.
Bob is fantastically interested in asteroids, near-Earth objects (NEOs), and meteorites. Bob is a HUGE fan of educational space-related PC software such as: NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System, Universe Sandbox, SpaceEngine and Kerbal Space Program. Bob and his wife Constance, a middle-school science teacher and also a Solar System Ambassador, run an after-school astronomy and space science club at Connie’s school called the “Endeavour Space Academy.”
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 a 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.
We leave from the meeting around 9:30 PM and meet at the restaurant a few minutes later. You can order food from the menu if you like, but not everyone does. We eat and discuss astronomy and related topics for an hour or so. Most leave the restaurant by 11PM.
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 email@example.com.
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.