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General Meeting – July 2018

July 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
DU's Olin Hall, Room 105
2190 E Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80210
Lindsey Shaw

Jeff Kanipe, DAS General Meeting Speaker for July 2018

Jeff Kanipe

Annals of the Deep Sky 
Object Selection: By Design and By Hunch

Jeff Kanipe has been a science journalist for 35 years, specializing in cosmology and astrophysics. He is the author of Chasing Hubble’s Shadows: The Search for Galaxies at the Edge of Time; The Cosmic Connection: How Astronomical Events Impact Life on Earth; and A Skywatcher’s Year. He is coauthor of The Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies: A Chronicle and Observer’s Guide (with Dennis Webb), and Island on Fire (with his wife, science writer Alexandra Witze). He has worked as a top editor for Astronomy and StarDate magazines and written for numerous publications including New Scientist, Nature, and Sky & Telescope.

Jeff and Dennis have been producing an ambitious, unparalleled multivolume series called Annals of the Deep Sky: A Survey of Galactic and Extragalactic Objects. Hailed by Richard Berry as “the sky guide we’ve been waiting for,” Annals is an up-to-date observing manual for amateur and semi-pro astronomers, which features in-depth astrophysical profiles of stars and deep-sky objects, historical and biographical background, as well as observing advice for amateur astronomers of all expertise. Sky & Telescope named Volumes 1 and 2 as Hot Products in 2016, plus Volume 3 in 2017. Volume 5, covering the constellations Centaurus through Cepheus, was published last fall, and volume 6 is expected to be out before the end of this year. When completed, the series will comprise all 88 constellations.

Jeff is a member of the American Astronomical Society and its Historical Astronomy Division. He received his Messier certificate (#55) in October 1969 while a member of the Corpus Christi Astronomical Society. Asteroid 84447 Jeffkanipe is named in his honor for his role in identifying the earliest known image of that asteroid. Jeff and Alex live in the foothills northwest of Boulder.

Jeff’s talk, “Annals of the Deep Sky: Object Selection: By Design and By Hunch,” will talk about the particulars of object selection for Annals of the Deep Sky. It’s not as easy as you may think! Jeff will talk about how a writer goes about trying to determine which of all the celestial objects in the night sky have stories rich or scientifically detailed enough to investigate.

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