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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, April 6th, 2018

General meeting held at Christian Brothers University in the Science Auditorium of Assissi Hall.

The meeting begins at 8:00 pm

Note:  All MAS Programs are FREE and open to the general public. 

The Greatest Astronomer You Never Heard Of

By Keith Latolais

John Mitchell (1724-1793), an obscure English clergyman and natural philosopher, had a profound impact on astronomy. It wasn’t his theory of “dark stars” (black holes), his application of the new mathematics of statistics to the study the stars, or his work on gravitational pull (showing evidence for the existence of binary stars and star clusters) that was so revolutionary. Instead, John Mitchell changed the world of science and astronomy by doing something that every “ordinary” person can do, and yet is often overlooked… And “now the rest of the story”…

INTERMISSION: followed by

Tabby’s Star- the most mysterious star in our galaxy

By Chris Maloney

Colliding planets? An alien construction project? The odd behavior of ‘Tabby’s Star’ has mystified astronomers and stirred the public imagination. Come find out whether a new study unveils the secrets of the most mysterious star in our galaxy..

About the M.A.S.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953

The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.

Contact us:
Phone Numbers and email
Ric Honey, President (901) 828-3112
Jeremy Veldman, VP Programs

(662) 418-7511
Mark Matthews, VP Observing (901) 755-5564
Sarita Joshi, Treasurer (901) 752-5761

Bill Busler

(901) 382-2246

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871




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