10/14 GAAC Meeting Program Change


GAAC has reshuffled their schedule just a bit. Mario Motta’s terrific program on the destruction being wrought by star WD1145+17 is now scheduled for our Holiday Party on December 9. Watch for Mario’s Sky & Telescope article on this very topic later this year.

Now, has GAAC got a program for you on Friday!

On Friday October 14 at 8:00 pm please join the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club for an evening with astrophysicist Alan Hirshfeld, author of Starlight Detectives: How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe. 

Dr. Hirshfeld will share his insights into a watershed period of science—roughly 1830-1920—when amateurs and professionals were developing the photographic and spectrographic tools of modern astronomy.

As Dava Sobel described his work:  “Starlight Detectives is just the sort of richly veined book I love to read—full of scientific history and discoveries, peopled by real heroes and rogues, and told with absolute authority.”

Reviewers at Scientific American said of Starlight Detectives that “astrophysicist Hirshfeld chronicles the radical changes in our conception of the cosmos that have accompanied the advent of modern astronomy over the past century and a half, [a period Hirshfeld describes as] ‘a remarkable and complex period in the development of humanity’s oldest science’…”

This evening promises to be informative and a lot of fun; arrive early for a good seat, great conversation, cake, and an overall good time.

GAAC members meet at the Lanesville Community Center in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester MA, at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of every month, for presentations, discussions and activities related to observational astronomy. All are welcome. There is plenty of parking, and there are no dues or fees. No special knowledge or equipment is needed to have a great time. For more information, see the club Facebook page, website, or follow the club on Twitter, @GAACster.