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New Jersey Astronomical Association
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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 – Dr. Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science for Communications, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Dr. Thaller has worked on the JPL Spitzer Space Telescope mission and has much to share about careers within NASA’s Goddard facility. She represents NASA divisions in Earth Science, Planetary, Heliophysics and Astrophysics with the task of getting them to work together internally and to do better public outreach.

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 – Dr. Joshua Winn
(Princeton University astrophysicist)

Dr. Winn’s research explores the properties of planets around other stars to understand how they form and evolve. In particular, he wishes to address the age-old question of whether there are other planets capable of supporting life.

August 25 – Mr. Stephen Blazier (NJAA Member)

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.

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