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  April Presentations
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at
8pm Central Time on
YouTube Live!

The Great Debate 
By Jeremy Veldman

April marks the 100th Anniversary of The Great Debate.  For 3 centuries, mankind looked at the Milky Way and wondered if it was the entire Universe, or simply one of many galaxies that make up a vast (possibly infinite) Universe.  Ideas for both worldviews surfaced in the mid-to-late 18th Century, as people began building larger telescopes and discovering "faint fuzzy patches" (nebulae).  Were these gas clouds within our Milky Way, or separate Island Universes consisting of vast systems of stars like our Milky Way?  To settle the matter, Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis engaged in a Great Debate- one a strong proponent of the "Nebular Hypothesis", the other an advocate of the "Island Universe Hypothesis."  Jeremy will discuss the history leading up to the Great Debate, and the outcome. 



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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.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.

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Contact us:

Phone Numbers and email

Jeremy Veldman, President

(662) 418-7511

jrveldman@gmail.com

Keith Latiolais, VP Programs

(901) 457-7180

keith.latiolais@gmail.com

Mark Matthews, VP Observing

(901) 755-5564

mmatthews@bec-memphis.com

Ric Honey

Treasurer and Web Servant

(901) 828-3112

ric@memphisastro.org

Bill Busler, Ambassador

(901) 382-2246

bill.busler@memphisastro.org

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871


 

 

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