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Mtg&Talks: “A Celebration of Globular Clusters” and “Chasing Comets”

February 3, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

At the Warren Astronomical Society’s Cranbrook meetings, we spend the first hour or so of the meeting on club business and observing reports, then have two presentations, one short and one full-length.

Main Talk: “A Celebration of Globular Clusters” by Diane Hall

Though not as fabled as great open clusters like the Pleiades or Praesepe, paying deeper attention to globular clusters will richly reward both the eye and the imagination. Diane Hall will cover the human experience with globular clusters from the discovery of M22 in 1655 to the current wave of scientific thought on their formation and also provide observing tips for “globs” both dazzling and obscure.

Diane Hall is the current President of the Warren Astronomical Society. Her favorite “globs” are M22, M4, and M5 and she is presently trying to work her way through the Palomar list of the faintest of these faint fuzzies adorning the Milky Way.

Short Talk: “Chasing Comets” by Doug Bock

A brief overview of a recent comet C/2017 T2 (Panstarrs), as observed from the Northern Cross Observatory.

Doug Bock is a past President, VP, and WASP editor of the Warren Astronomical Society, and a member since the Spring of 1973. He has also been a member of a ½ dozen other clubs over the years, and chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League in the early ‘80’s. He retired from Ford Motor Company at the end of 2018 and is now a full-time astrophotographer.

In the News/In the Sky presenter: Jonathan Kade

Photo of Omega Centauri courtesy of ESO.

Immediately after each Cranbrook meeting of the Warren Astronomical Society, a number of Club members go to the Redcoat Tavern (31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48073) for a snack and/or a drink and informal chat. Guests are also invited to join us there.

Directions: Head south on Woodward. The Redcoat will be on your left, on the east side of Woodward, two blocks north of 13 Mile and just north of Burger King. Make a Michigan left and find parking either in front or the large back lot.

If you would like to present either a short talk (10-15 minutes) or a full-length talk (45-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Dale Partin 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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February 3, 2020
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cranbrook Institute of Science
1-27 Institute Way
Bloomfield Hills, US


Warren Astronomical Society

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