"The evidence of things not seen"
Amateur astronomers are assisting the professional astronomical
community by providing data for a variety of projects ranging from the
solar system, to stellar systems, to cosmology. I'll weave together two
themes: (1) a celebration of amateur astronomical research, by
highlighting some recent noteworthy project results in which amateur
observers have played important roles, and (2) a reminder that there is an
invisible universe out there, and that we are using what we can see as a
way of figuring out things that we cannot see.
Mr. Buchheim is a Trustee of the Orange County (CA) Astronomers, and is
proprietor of the Altimira Observatory. He is an experienced visual
observer and CCD photometrist, who has published contributions to Deep Sky
magazine, presented papers at astronomy conferences, and published asteroid
lightcurves in the Minor Planet Bulletin. His professional background is
in engineering management for defense projects, and in that role has
published a few technical papers in peer-reviewed journals. He received a
BS in Physics from Arizona State University, and is a graduate of the
Defense Systems Management College and the UCLA Executive Management
program. His book, "The Sky Is Your Laboratory" is a manual for the
research-oriented amateur astronomer.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Craig M. Bobchin
Pre-meeting Slide Show (~13 MB)
Club Announcements (~1 MB)