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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, September 7th, 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.

Astronomical Observing at Village Creek Star Party

by Rebecca Love

With our semi-annual Village Creek Start Party coming up on September 8, in this presentation we will look at an overview of the different types of night sky objects that we will observe. These include: star clusters, planetary nebulae, double stars, galaxies (Island Universes), planets, and globular clusters! We will look at detailed views of specific objects in each category and discuss techniques for locating them.

Then following a short break:

The Birth of Modern Science - Kepler

by Bill Wilson

Following up from the August meeting, where Jeremy Veldman covered the birth of modern science- from the ideas of Aristotle and Ptolemy to the heliocentric view of Copernicus- we next look at the work of Johannes Kepler in Germany, Galileo Galilei in Italy, and Isaac Newton in England. This talk covers the life and work of Kepler, whose laws of planetary motion were a radical departure from a millennium of thinking about these "wandering stars." The evolution of his thinking was not straightforward, and his life outside of science was stressful. Among other stressors, his mother was tried for witchcraft. But there's more: he had a hand in founding the modern science of optics.


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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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