Astronomical presentations are held at each of ASGH’s business meetings. Speakers have included current or former members, astronomy faculty and graduate students from area universities, or invited guests. Topics for these presentations, shown below, are wide-ranging and are chosen to be of interest to amateur astronomers of all levels.
Unless otherwise indicated, our meetings begin at 7:30 pm in Copernicus Planetarium at Central Connecticut State University. Directions can be found on our CCSU Directions page.
COVID-19 Pandemic Update: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all ASGH meetings with be held online using video conferencing software. A meeting link will be sent to all active members prior to the meeting.
September 15, 2021
Speaker: Maureen Salmi and Christopher Erickson – The Lucy Mission
Lucy will launch in October ‘21, and will be the first-ever mission to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. During its 12-year journey, the spacecraft will go to Jupiter’s L4 and L5 Trojan asteroid groups and will visit seven asteroids. Lucy will gather invaluable data about the early formation of the solar system.
October 20, 2021
Speaker: Gregory T. Shanos – A New Dawn – Asteroids Vest & Ceres Revealed
November 17, 2021
Speaker: Chris Markiewicz, ASGH President – Beyond Hubble – Launching the Next Generation of Space Telescopes
December 15, 2021
Speaker: Dave Allen, ASGH – The Mechanics of Setting Up a Small ZWO ASI224mc One Shot Color Camera (OSC) To a Nexstar 6se SCT
January 19, 2022
Speaker: Josh Walender, Ph.D, Staff Astronomer, W.M. Keck Observatory – Science Highlights from Keck Observatory
February 16, 2022
Speaker: Jason Archer, Planetarium Coordinator, Glastonbury-East Hartford Elementary Magnet School – Planetarium Show
March 16, 2022
Speaker: Kevin Schindler, lead historian, Lowell Observatory – Discovery at Lowell: The Past, Present, and Future of Lowell Observatory
April 20, 2022
Speaker: Roy Kilgard, Ph.D, Wesleyan University – History of the Van Vleck Observatory
May 18, 2022
Speaker: CT Science Fair Award Winnerss