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Observing Satellites

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 8:00 PM
Phillips Auditorium
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA  
Monthly Meeting
Registration is not Required

At our January meeting, Richard Nugent will present “Observing Satellites.” Every astronomer has from time to time noticed satellites crossing the night skies. From the dawn of the Space Age until now, low earth orbit has become quite cluttered with these easily observable and fascinating objects. Whether you are a beginner or a more seasoned amateur astronomer, this talk offers something for everyone. Topics include: observing basics, oldies but goodies, the ISS, the more challenging geostationary satellites, and Apps and web sites to make observing satellites fun and exciting.

Rich needs no introduction, especially if you’re a regular at ATMoB observing sessions at the clubhouse field in Westford where he is a regular participant. He has been an avid stargazer for the last 50 years. Growing up in the 60’s made it easy to become interested in astronomy and the space program. By the time Rich was in high school, he was a member of the Aldrich Astronomical Society and could be found observing nightly with his 8-inch reflecting telescope. He still has that telescope (and many others) but is now more likely to be scanning the skies with his 20-inch Dobsonian. Rich has been a member of the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston for 25 years and is now devoting much of his retirement time (from teaching astronomy and chemistry at Framingham High School) to his beloved astronomy.

Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at House of Chang, 282 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.