Larry Evens will present on the Messenger Mission to Mercury.
Visit NASA's Messenger Mission web page.
Larry Evans is an expert in gamma-ray and X-ray spectroscopy of planetary surfaces. He will utilize data returned by MESSENGER's Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS) to infer the surface elemental composition of Mercury. He is the chair of the Geochemistry Group.
Meetings begin promptly at 7pm. General membership meetings are open to the public, and are held at (room change) Research Hall, room 163 on the campus of George Mason University (directions) in Fairfax, Virginia. Enterprise Hall is in between the Science & Technology Building and Research 1 buiding. The meeting hall is in the basement floor of the building. Paid parking is available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck (formerly Sandy Creek Parking Deck), which is behind the building. Please enter at the back side of the building which is in front of the round-about in front of the parking garage. he parking lot is on Sandy Creek Way off of Patriot Circle. Some members have also chosen to park across the street in the far reaches of the Patriot Center's parking lot, then walk up the path to the rear of Enterprise Hall.
Meetings start at 7:00 PM, on the second Sunday of every month. If you come earlier you can do a little socializing. The first part of the meeting is club business, during which the officers make reports about their activities and areas of responsibility. The next part of the meeting usually includes:
- Show and Tell, where members share gadgets, books, techniques, etc.
- The Observing Report, describing the astronomical events for the next month.
- Q&A, where beginning astronomers are encouraged to ask questions to be answered by more experienced members.
- The Sky Tour, describing what's where in the sky for the next month.
The final part of the meeting is a program, usually by one of the members, but sometimes by "outside experts". We've had presenters from all aspects of Astronomy.
There's a good deal of socializing before and after meetings, allowing members to put faces with the voices they've heard in the dark.