Matthew Huber from Algae Research Supply will present a 15-20 minute talk at the beginning of the session about algae and the factors that affect its growth and what to expect from their sensors.
We don’t often think of our sun and solar system moving through space but our sun resides on an outer arm of our galaxy which rotates at a constant rate. Galactic Tick Day is a new calendar event that acknowledges our Sun’s motion in space and our progress around our home galaxy – the Milky Way. A “galactic tick” represents one arc second of our galaxy’s rotation and occurs once very 1.7361 years. The first Galactic Tick Day is recognized as having occurred on October 2, 1608. This is the date on which Hans Lippershey, a German-born citizen of the Netherlands, filed the first patent for a refracting telescope.
And you thought that you were standing still!
Dr. Deirdre Shoemaker, the director of the Georgia Tech Center for Relativistic Astrophysics and a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, talks about the latest gravity wave event observation: http://www.news.gatech.edu/2016/06/15/gravitational-waves-detected-again.
February 15th is the birth date of Galileo Galilei. If you have a clear sky tonight, take a pair of binoculars or telescope outside and see how many of Jupiter’s moons you can count.