Bringing knowledge of astronomy and enjoyment of the night sky to the Chippewa Valley of west-central Wisconsin
February Hobbs Observatory Astronomical Series
Saturday February 18th, 8pm
Exciting Discoveries of Planets Orbiting Other Stars
Department of Physics and Astronomy
UW – Eau Claire
For centuries, astronomers have dreamed about the possibility of
planets orbiting other stars, but until recently the planets which make
up our own solar system were the only planets known. Now, over
3400 planets have been discovered and more are continually being
found. This talk will focus the methods astronomers use to discover
these planets and how their properties are determined. Interesting
comparisons can be made to the planets in our own solar system. I will
conclude with a brief discussion of what these new planet discoveries
tell us about the possibility of life elsewhere in the galaxy. This talk will
help prepare you to understand the news reports that are sure to be
coming in the next few years in this exciting and rapidly-developing
area of science.
Public observing following the program is skies are clear.
About the society:
The Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society (CVAS) is an amateur astronomy organization in Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley.
The society members have a broad spectrum of astronomical interests from casual to serious visual observing, astro-photography, radio astronomy, and telescope building.
The society holds monthly business meetings, monthly club observing sessions, and performs public outreach at Hobbs Observatory and other locations.
The society hosts Northwoods Starfest, a regional star party attended by amateur astronomers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan.
CVAS membership is open to anyone with an interest in astronomy. Yearly membership dues are $20 for individuals, $25 for families, and $10 for full time students. Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each year. Members receive email notices of all upcoming club events.
For an additional cost of $7.50, members may become a member of the Astronomical League (a national group of amateur astronomers). This membership the quarterly publication Reflector.
A membership form is available HERE
2015 CVAS Officers:
Mike Brown - President
Emmett Kyle - Vice President
Rick Swenson - Secretary
Bill Childs - Treasurer
Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society
PO Box 765
Eau Claire, WI 54702