AAA Astro Answers presents: Icy Visitors - Comets and ISON

Beginning in 2013, the Amateur Astronomers Association is pleased to announce a new Education Initiative! AAA Astro Answers are one-night talks on hot topics in astronomy, be it a current event, topics members have expressed interest in, or just something exciting and unique.

Our first talk will be "Icy Visitors: Comets and ISON".  (please pre-register below)

This winter, Comet ISON will whip around the Sun at hundreds of thousands of miles per hour, hopefully giving us a spectacular sky show in the process. But what exactly is a comet? Where do they come from and why can we see only some of them? And what makes this one so special, if it even is?

Come learn all this and much more in a comet primer. Be prepared and knowledgeable when the time comes to look up at the sky and observe ISON in what hopes to be a miraculous display.


About the speaker:
Jaclyn Avidon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, the Chair of the Association’s School Outreach Committee, and an instructor for the Association’s classes. Past classes have included “The Solar System” and “Cosmology”. Jaclyn graduated with honors from Lafayette College with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. She spent over two years researching the subsurface conditions of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, including a summer spent at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jaclyn is a frequently invited guest speaker at public astronomy seminars and currently works in educational technology.


*Astro Answers is free for members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, and $5 for non-members.  All attendees (both members and non) MUST pre-register here: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/32881274241958.*

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  • Eileen R.

    Had a wonderful time & a great dinner at Scaletta's with friend's from AAA, afterwards. Thanks so much, Jaclyn, Marcello, Joe & all those who made this possible. I had a wonderful time. :)

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Cecile

    very interesting and entertaining!

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful presentation from the reknowned Educational Physicist and Astronomy Expert, Jaclyn Avidon!

    1 · November 22, 2013

  • Lonny K.

    I rarely leave feedback on here, but I wanted to for this.

    The meet up was great! The speaker had a wealth of knowledge and this was the first time I truly felt intellectually stimulated offline in a long time. It was a very pleasant experience and I look forward to attending more of these.

    November 22, 2013

  • mimi

    maybe impossible 2 b there at 6:15. late. missed the group. Hope 2 meet them at next event. Enjoyed the lecture. learned lots.

    November 22, 2013

  • Art

    I'm getting help up at work :(
    Not sure when I will get there. Hopefully I can still catch most of the presentation.

    November 22, 2013

  • Rochelle M.

    I am sorry but I will not be able to attend tonights program due to illness. I am thing of joining. Rochelle Marmorek [masked]

    November 22, 2013

  • C

    Is there a way to attend and pay at the door or some other method besides paypal?

    November 22, 2013

  • Lolanto

    Can somebody recommend a good spot to see ison around the city? I plan on heading out around 3:00am, willing to travel a bit to avoid the city lights. Thanks in advance

    November 18, 2013

    • Art

      Excellent question. I'm looking for the same. Would like to find a spot to view the comet and perhaps meet people for a viewing.

      November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

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      November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Columbia University Pupin Hall a group has a weekly lecture and stargazing series. 7p-11pm for lecture then telescopic viewing. It's a meetup too :-)

    November 21, 2013

  • Pasha

    I looking for a astronomy mentor for my dauther science project. She is 10th grade High School student with 96 grade in Physics Regents last year. She loves astronomy. School can't recommend her a tutor, she has to switch to another area and she doesn't want to! Please help! Let her stay in astronomy and help her grow personally and mentally. Drop me an e-mail at pmolchanov2002[at]gmail.com if you could help. Thanks in advance!

    November 14, 2013

  • Melissa

    Could I pay the $5 at the door?

    November 13, 2013

  • Eileen R.

    I registered a few weeks ago. :)

    November 2, 2013

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