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General Meeting – July 2017

July 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
DU's Olin Hall - Rm 105
2190 E Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80210

“How to Observe 2017’s Total Solar Eclipse”

Presented by Ron Hranac, DAS President

Ron Hranac, DAS President

On Monday, August 21st, what is arguably the most important astronomical event of 2017 will be visible in the United States: a total solar eclipse. If you’ve never seen a total solar eclipse before, you might be inclined to say, “Observing this year’s eclipse should be pretty straightforward. Take appropriate safety measures, sit back on a comfortable lawn chair, and enjoy.” A total solar eclipse is one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular sights, and there is a lot more to experience than you might think! Note the use of the word “experience” in that last sentence. Whether you’re an eclipse veteran or a beginner, join us at our July general membership meeting for a comprehensive presentation by Denver Astronomical Society’s Ron Hranac on how to observe August’s eclipse, with an emphasis on the experience of the event.

Bio: Ron Hranac is President of the Denver Astronomical Society, a member of its Executive Board, and has been interested in astronomy since elementary school. An avid meteorite collector, Ron lectures monthly about meteorites at the University of Denver’s historic Chamberlin Observatory as part of Denver Astronomical Society’s Public Night volunteer outreach program. He has been a guest lecturer in DU’s astronomy program, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and in area schools and similar venues, sharing his enthusiasm about rocks from space and astronomy in general. Ron is a veteran of several partial solar eclipses and two total solar eclipses.

Professionally, Ron is Technical Leader for Cisco Systems, where he represents the company on standards and specifications development committees and working groups. He is a 44-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, and was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 1997. Ron’s industry activities include the publication of hundreds of articles and papers. He has been a speaker at numerous international, national, regional, and local conferences and seminars. He also has been a guest lecturer in the University of Colorado’s Masters in Telecommunications program. Ron is a Fellow of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, was inducted into SCTE’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

The General Meeting will begin with new member and guest introductions, a short business summary, and observing reports. After the Mr. Hranac’s presentation, all those present will be invited to a reception in DU’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory where coffee, lemonade, and other refreshments will be served.

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