AAA Astronomy Lecture: How Stars and Planets are Born

Amateur Astronomers Association of New York Lecture Series

http://www.aaa.org/lectures1314

The Amateur Astronomers Association is proud to present an astronomy lecture series from October through May each year for our members and the public. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission to the lecture is free, and no reservations or tickets are required. The lectures are held at the Kaufmann Theater of the American Museum of Natural History, on Central Park West between 77th and 81st streets. Please use the 77th Street entrance. Lectures begin at 6:15 p.m. and run to 8:00 p.m.

Meetup friends will group up in the 4th and 5th rows on house right. Afterwards, we'll go across the street to Shake Shack for a burger and a beer!

Friday, February 7, 2014
Hector Arce
Yale Univ.
“A closer look at star and planet formation”

Friday, March 7, 2014
Alan Calder
SUNY Stony Brook
"Cosmic Candle Making with Type Ia Supernovae"

Friday, April 4, 2014
Kyle Cranmer
New York University
“The discovery of the Higgs boson and our evolving picture of the Universe"

Friday, May 2, 2014
Claudio Maccone
International Academy of Astronautics, Torino, Italy
"SETI, Evolution and Human History"

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  • Allan

    A shameful diatribe we don't need here. One member found it necessary to jump on another with acrimonious and arcane remarks. Perhaps it's time to get down off your Brainiac high horse and join the rest of humanity. To say "children's programs might be more suitable for some" and "perhaps she's too old or frankly not brainiac enough to be part of this" is downright vicious. Perhaps our cat does indeed wait to pounce on others. We don't need that in this group or anywhere in MeetUp. Let's treat each other with a little respect and decency.........

    1 · February 10, 2014

  • Roberta

    I am incredibly annoyed at Rachelle's comments. Perhaps she is too old or frankly not brainiac enough to be part of this. The lecture was AMAZING JUST AMAZING. I learned so much and the Professor made it all understandable. So what he had an accent. Rachelle leave the group and us alone. I can't wait for the next lecture in the series. I do think it a good idea to meet after a program at a certain spot with a balloon or something. I went to Shake and didn't know who was part of the group.

    February 8, 2014

    • Yen

      Excuse my heavy "Jersey" accent :D but there is a quaint "Starbucks" across the street on 444 Columbus Ave to socialize in afterward. The management says they are extremely quiet at that time of the evening and they can seat 10-12. We can walk to the "Uno Chicago Grill" next door if a larger venue is needed.

      1 · February 8, 2014

    • Tom D.

      There was a designated meeting spot. See the event description above. And it was the same one for both Brainiac Meet-ups at Kauffman Hall I've attended in recent weeks. The problem is that it seems few pay that much attention. It seems few people like to meet in the designated area; and there is some unwritten alternate gathering spot after the lecture; perhaps known only to experienced insiders.

      February 9, 2014

  • Rich

    Who is the first to make a big bang theory joke ;)?

    February 6, 2014

    • Tom D.

      I'm not sure if you meant The Big Bang Theory, or the Big Bang theory. I have little interest in the former; but if you meant the latter, I'll go first. A Higgs bosun walks into a church.

      The priest says, "We don't allow Higgs bosons in here."

      The Higgs bosun says, "But without me, how can you have mass?"

      1 · February 8, 2014

  • Roberta

    I think we need to redefine what (who) a brainiac really is. The children's programs on Channel 13 might be more suitable for some. Meow.

    February 8, 2014

  • marc b

    The meet up was OK. Not what I expected but OK.

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The title was "How Stars and Planets are Born". This certainly promised much more than the talk actually delivered. The title suggests a focus on mechanism and process. Instead, the speaker presented a hodge-podge of imaging data. His emphasis was on "Look what we can see." His slides were very complex and he often made only passing reference to their contents. In effect, his visuals competed with his narration for the audience's attention. I did learn some things, but also found myself bored.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • vicki

    Oh yes, BTW, I am looking for an older crowd too so Rachelle don't give up.

    February 8, 2014

  • vicki

    Hi,
    I wish I had gone if just for brief socializing. I originally planned to but my plans can change on a dime, did, so I couldn't. Anyway, there are the next ones.......

    February 8, 2014

  • Allan

    I thought I was perhaps alone in my feelings on the speaker. It was difficult to understand him and I am no astronomer or phsyicist so the subject matter is not easy for me. Apparently many in the audience were well versed in the subject if one goes by the nature of the questions asked afterwards.

    Tom, you didn't miss any introductions in the beginning. I only stumbled on the MeetUp group when I walked out of the auditorium. There were mabye a dozen or a bit more who went to eat. Additionally, as I exited I had to direct two women to the group as they were trying so hard to find the group and weren't having any success. The AAA speaker earlier asked for a MeetUp show of hands and MeetUp people were scattered throughout the auditorium (and not sitting in the 5th and 6th rows as stipulated.) By the way, there were two MeetUp groups attending with a total of more than 200 RSVPs.

    February 8, 2014

  • EZ R.

    Speaker was TERRIBLE. Not organized, no focus, bad pronunciation. Good turnout.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Tom D.

    Tom Dowling

    I got there just as the program was starting so I didn't get a chance to make any introductions prior to the lecture; and I sat in the second row, as that was easier to get into. As opposed to the 91 people who RSVP'd they would be attending; there were maybe a dozen people sitting in the 4 and 5th rows right side. I'm assuming the right side means right when facing the stage. After the presentation, the 4th and 5th rows emptied out like the place was on fire, and I didn't see anybody coordinating a trip to Shake Shack. Were you just trying to shake me, or am I missing something?

    February 8, 2014

  • ellen s.

    is there a charge for this event in ny on feb 7?

    January 27, 2014

    • JC

      Stardust I tell you! Stardust!

      1 · February 7, 2014

    • Yen

      I learned that a ring of stardust around a star implied the presence of a planet, "shepherding."­ : )

      February 7, 2014

  • I.D.M.

    Look forward to meeting all of you tomorrow. : )

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Lori

    sorry cant make it to night will be with clients

    February 5, 2014

    • Tom D.

      I'm sorry you can't make it, Lori.

      February 6, 2014

  • Tom D.

    Let's put our minds together.

    February 6, 2014

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