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Mar
30
Sat
2019
Member InReach – March 2019 @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Mar 30 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

“Using Cassiopeia As A Guidepost”

In-Reach Coordinator Bill “Mr. Bill” Stevens will teach us how to use the constellation Cassiopeia to find other constellations using his “Cassiopeia Guide Post” hand out and hands-on training.  Mr. Bill will provide two or three telescopes, describe how to use them safely and with care.  A pair of binoculars will also be available, and he asks you to bring your own binoculars if you so desire.

This In-Reach event will be very informative for members who are new to astronomy, and a good refresher for those who have not observed in recent years.

Be sure to dress in layers in case the temperatures drop, and feel welcome to bring snacks for yourself or to share with others.

The DAS InReach activity is a member and guest event designed especially to provide those who are new to the DAS or who are beginning astronomers with information on all aspects of amateur astronomy including telescope operation, object selection and finding, visual astronomical observing and imaging. Specific topics vary from month to month.

Apr
5
Fri
2019
Dark Sky Weekend – April 2019 @ EGK Dark Site
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 6:00 am
Apr
13
Sat
2019
DAS Open House – April 2019 @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

See information on DAS Open Houses HERE

Observing Highlights: Mars, Neptune and Uranus

Apr
19
Fri
2019
General Meeting – April 2019 @ DU's Olin Hall
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“Beyond Pluto: New Horizons Flyby of Ultima Thule”

Dr. Fran Bagenal

Dr. Fran Bagenal

Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics

We are delighted to have Dr. Bagenal return to Olin Hall with yet another fun and informative presentation! If you’ve never heard her speak before, you are in for a TREAT!

On January 1, 2019, New Horizons made the first close flyby of a small Kuiper Belt Object, coming within roughly 3500 km of MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule. The New Horizons team discovered MU69 using the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014. MU69 is the most primitive body ever studied by any planetary spacecraft.

In her talk, Dr. Bagenal will review the observations from New Horizon’s flyby of Ultima Thule and their implications for understanding our solar system.

 

See information on General Meetings

Apr
26
Fri
2019
EBoard Meeting @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

See EBoard Minutes HERE

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Member InReach – April 2019 @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

“Observing the Moon”

Great for anyone new to observing!

The DAS InReach activity is a member and guest event designed especially to provide those who are new to the DAS or who are beginning astronomers with information on all aspects of amateur astronomy including telescope operation, object selection and finding, visual astronomical observing and imaging. Specific topics vary from month to month.

May
3
Fri
2019
Dark Sky Weekend – May 2019 @ EGK Dark Site
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – May 5 @ 5:00 am

See information on the EGK Dark Site

May
11
Sat
2019
DAS Open House – May 2019 @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

See information on DAS Open Houses HERE

Observing Highlights: Mars, Neptune and Uranus

May
17
Fri
2019
General Meeting – May 2019 @ DU's Olin Hall
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Are We Alone in the Universe?
Professor Brad Gibson, University of Hull, Great Britain

Join us for this rare opportunity to hear Professor Brad Gibson, Head of Physics & Mathematics and Director of the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull.  His talk, titled “Are We Alone in the Universe?” is based on his work identifying locations within the Milky Way most likely to harbor complex biological life.  An avid champion of public outreach, Brad will also share his work in reaching vast swaths of the public and expanding gender diversity among astronomy professionals.

 

See information on General Meetings

May
24
Fri
2019
EBoard Meeting @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

See EBoard Minutes HERE

May
25
Sat
2019
Member InReach – May 2019 @ DU's Historic Chamberlin Observatory
May 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

A Tour of Messier Catalog Highlights

Alex Geldzahler with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the Bellco Theater last October for “An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies”

Join DAS member Alex Geldzahler (right) for an overview of the locations and characteristics of selected Messier objects.

For many members, trying to observe them all and qualify for a Messier certificate is a daunting challenge but also a worthy goal.

If skies permit, be prepared to head outside and begin your hunt!

May
31
Fri
2019
Dark Sky Weekend – June 2019 @ EGK Dark Site
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 3:00 am