General Membership Meeting
We will be in our usual meeting room at UTD, the Science Learning Center (SLC), room# SLC.1.102. Here's a map. Only park in lots H, I, or J. Parking anywhere else on campus could result in a ticket.
Speaker: Dr. William Newton, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Presentation: Pulsars and Neutron Stars
Discovered in 1967, radio pulsars were soon identified as rapidly spinning neutron stars, the exotic remnants of core-collapse supernova explosions. Over the next 5 decades, we have discovered over 2000 neutron stars and observed them in every band of the spectrum from radio to gamma-ray. We have discovered that, far from being lifeless remnants of stellar explosions, neutron stars experience a rich and varied life. I will review what we have learned about the lives of neutron stars and the extreme physics at play in their hearts.
Dr. Newton is assistant professor in the Physics and Astronomy department of Texas A&M University-Commerce. His research interest is in nuclear physics, astrophysics and the connections between the two, especially in the exploration of dense matter in supernovae and neutron stars. He is particularly interested in linking observable properties of neutron stars and supernovae to properties of nuclear matter such as the incompressibility and symmetry energy that are potentially measurable in terrestrial experiments.
The Texas Astronomical Society was chartered in 1955 to promote the study of astronomy and related fields and to pursue observation and construction of instruments as a hobby. Membership is open to anyone having an interest in astronomy and related subjects and includes benefits such as a our monthly newsletter, discounts to the top astronomy magazines, access to our dark sky observing site and many more.
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(times in CST):
Sunrise today: 7:08am
Sunset today: 5:21pm
Moonrise today: 11:32am
Moonset today: 10:54pm
23% of moon illuminated
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Special Interest Groups
APSIG (Astrophotography Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas.
APSIG meets once a month to share information and learn more about the art and science of Astrophotography -- taking photographs of objects in the night sky such as planets, galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Imaging these celestial objects requires special techniques and equipment, but are attainable by anyone willing to point their camera skyward. Come learn how! For more information on APSIG just follow this link...
ATMSIG (Amateur Telescope Makers Special Interest Group) is sponsored by the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Texas.
The ATMSIG meets every other month to explore the design, construction and adjustment of both do it yourself and professionally built telescopes. Anyone interested in building their first scope will find this group a big help in finding the best place to start. You don’t need to have a well equipped workshop, just a few simple tools and an interest in building or modifying it yourself. The ATMSIG is a wonderful place to see projects built locally by TAS members and to share new ideas for the future! For more information, just follow this link...
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