VIRTUAL Mtg&Talks: “Zwicky and Baade” and “Observing the Local Group”
May 4, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
We are holding a VIRTUAL meeting this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
6 PM: Board meeting (Webex only)
7 PM: Tech check and warmup (Webex only)
7:30 PM: YouTube goes live / Introductions
7:35 PM: In the News, In the Sky
7:50 PM: Officers’ reports, Special Interest Groups
8:00 PM: Observing Reports, Ask an Astronomy Question
8:15 PM: Short talk: There’s No Place Like Home: Observing the Local Group of Galaxies
8:30 PM: Informal discussion
8:45 PM: Feature talk: Fritz Zwicky & Walter Baade
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Feature Presentation: “Fritz Zwicky and Walter Baade” by Ken Bertin
Fritz Zwicky and Walter Baade were 20th century astronomers whose accomplishments in cosmology and astronomy clearly changed significantly our understanding of the universe. Their work on supernovas, neutron stars, gravitational lensing and dark matter deeply impacted how we perceive how everything operates in outer space.
Zwicky’s extensive catalogues of galaxies and galaxy clusters are still being used to this day. He was also a humanitarian and is remembered for his contributions in that area. Zwicky’s contributions were tainted somewhat by his contemptuous nature known and remembered more for his curmudgeonry than for his brilliance and accomplishments in the areas of astrophysics and jet/rocket design and production.
Baade was better know personally for his gentlemanly behavior and his respectful treatment of his colleagues. Beyond his discoveries made in conjunction with Zwicky, he discovered numerous asteroids and is known for his identification of the first class of minor planets now called Centaurs which cross the orbits of the giant planets.
Both men were heavily rewarded for their work. Their personalities are truly a highlight of their lives which will also be covered in this presentation.
These two are the 19th and 20th astronomers Ken has covered and along with his ITN production make his 515th presentation.
Ken Bertin is a hobbyist astronomer for over 65 years, Past President and VEEP of WAS, Solar System Ambassador, 10 Total Solar Eclipses, 4 Annular eclipses, 6 Transits of Mercury, 2 transits of Venus. 15 Lunar eclipses.
Short talk: “There’s No Place Like Home: Observing the Local Group” by Jonathan Kade
Jonathan Kade gives you a tour around the local intergalactic neighborhood, visiting familiar neighbors like the Andromeda Galaxy (M31), the Pinwheel Galaxy (M33), and the Magellanic Clouds; less familiar neighbors like Leo A and NGC 185; and more distant neighbors just outside the Local Group like NGC 55 (the Whale Galaxy) and NGC 300. We’ll talk about what you can see at the eyepiece and what amateur photographers can capture with their cameras. I promise it will be a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Jonathan is the current Publications Director of the W.A.S. He does very little because Dale Thieme is the W.A.S.P. editor and does all the real work. Jonathan is a professional software developer, despite what you might assume from our club website. His hobbies are all fundamentally grounded in subtlety, but he is very enthusiastic about them.
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 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.