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March 3rd, 2017 at 8:00 pm CST

in the Science Auditorium of Assisi Hall on the campus of

Christian Brothers University

The Memphis Astronomical Society presents


by Chris Maloney

Many amateur astronomers know of the eclipses of Algol, or the 5 day cycle of Delta Cephei, the most famous Cepheid variable star. But did you know that thousands of variable stars can be observed with small telescopes? Adding some of these to your nightly program can be fun and challenging. What is more, progress in astronomy and astrophysics has always rested, in large part, on the contributions of amateurs. Come learn more about these fascinating objects and how amateurs like you collaborate with professionals to deepen our understanding of the cosmos.


During the break, knowledgeable M.A.S. members will individually
assist visitors in setting up their telescopes.


by Jeremy Veldman

The supernova of 1987 (SN 1987a) occurred in the Large Magellanic Cloud and was the closest observed supernova since Kepler's supernova in 1604. 30 years of observation and study by modern astronomers have provided much insight into core collapse supernovas. Of particular interest, the event confirmed the existence of neutrinos by direct detection and the observation of gamma rays from the decay of radioactive nuclei of heavy elements. Learn more about the awesome power of Type II Core Collapse Supernovas and what we've learned from SN 1987a

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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