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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

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

The meeting begins at 8:00 pm

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

Stellar Evolution

by Whitney Smith

One of the most fascinating topics in all of astronomy teaches us how even the heavenly bodies of the universe are not permanent… and that is stellar evolution! In this talk, Whitney will illustrate the incredible and active life cycles of the stars that make up the center of planetary systems, stellar groups, and massive galaxies! Stars go through significant changes as they progress over their life spans (just like human beings!). We are not only made of star stuff, but stars also age like we do! Learning about the life cycle of stars and the mechanics of stellar systems not only gives us insight into the lives of one of the most iconic heavenly bodies, but it also shows us how the universe is ever-changing, and will always leave humankind with more questions for every answer we find!

Then following a short break:

The Birth of Modern Science

by Jeremy Veldman

As Mars reaches opposition and retrograde motion, we look at mankind’s nearly 3,000 year quest to understand the complex paths of “the wandering stars.” From antiquity, the motion of the Sun, Moon, and Stars were fairly easy to understand and model, but the planets are nuts! From Aristotle and Ptolemy in the Classical Age to the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus, and the Great Interruptions of the Medieval Period and early Renaissance, we’ll look at the long history of mankind’s attempt to come up with a self-consistent, predictive model of the motions of the night sky, marking the birth of Modern Science. Full version of the Talk I gave in May.


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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.

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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