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AAA Astro Answers presents: Icy Visitors - Comets and ISON

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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: .*

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