Amateur Astronomy Under The Big Sky
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  • Fred Birk, Past President of SMAS to speak on VLA

    Fred Birk, past president of SMAS, will give a talk during the March 26th meeting of SMAS. 7:00 in the Redstart room, downstairs at the Museum of the Rockies.  Fred’s talk will be followed by a short club meeting with updates on Stars over Yellowstone, Stars over Bozeman, and the upcoming Astronomy Day event.  Bring a friend!

    National Radio Astronomy Observatory
    VLA, The Very Large Array in New Mexico
    Guide Post to the Future
    The talk puts the VLA in context with the radio astronomy world of today and the past.  A detailed narrative of a tour of the entire facility including the inner sanctum of electronics processing.  The audience should walk away from the talk with a good understanding of what radio astronomy is all about.
  • SMAS Winter Lectures Rock…

    Dr. Stacy Palin presented the first of our 2009 winter lectures, News From The Very Latest In Very Large Arrays, last night at the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies to large and enthusiastic audience.

    She has the amazing ability to present this complex subject matter in a clear and comprehensible way.  I was amazed with the breadth of the information she was able to cover in the hour.

    “The speed of light… it’s more than just a good idea, it’s like a law.”

    We all need to extend a Very Large Thank You to Dr. Palin for taking the time to share this wonderful presentation with all of us.  Cheers…

  • News From The Very Latest In Very Large Arrays

    The Very Large Array, the most powerful radio telescope on the planet, is in the midst of an upgrade. It will soon see more of the sky, in more detail, across more of the radio spectrum than ever before. Find out what’s happening, what’s new, and what to expect in the very near future.

    Please join Stacy Palen, Assistant Professor at Weber State University for this lecture on Friday, January 30 in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies.