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SJAA Talk: Dr. Chris McKay

The SJAA general meeting is coming up on Saturday, 17 August.

We will host be Dr. Chris McKay. His talk will center on the search for life on other planets, with an update from the Mars Curiosity Rover. Dr. McKay will begin at 8PM.

Preceding the talk, starting at 7:30PM, will be social hour. Come hang out with others who are interested in astronomy and related sciences.

It's all happening this Saturday, 17 August, starting at 7:30PM in the Hall at Houge Park in San Jose. Directions:
http://www.sjaa.net/directions.shtml
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  • Lisa

    Thanks for posting this event - I really enjoyed Dr. McKay's lecture!

    August 17, 2013

    • Rob J.

      It was a good talk, yes indeed. Good to see/meet you, Lisa, and thanks for coming down for it! I'll continue to post SJAA events here.

      1 · August 18, 2013

    • Lisa

      And I'm also enjoying the Night Sky chart and flashlight I bought from SJAA!

      August 19, 2013

  • Nelly P.

    Dr Chris McKay sense of humor and Slides were great. IPad Picture, and Binoculars by the Park under a bright Moon looked like a Story Tale "Out of This World."

    August 19, 2013

  • Sree V.

    how interesting can this be for children (7 yr or younger) ?

    August 17, 2013

    • Rob J.

      This talk would have been ok for the 7 and under crowd if they already knew a bit of what the Mars Curiosity rover was about. But some things, like the discussion about perchlorate on Enceladus, may have gone over their head. Please consider the beginner astronomy classes that the SJAA hosts every month. They are geared for the younger set!

      1 · August 18, 2013

    • Nelly P.

      Perfect for 7 or Younger. Like Story Tales children attention goes to pictures first, here Slides, Slides, and More Slides, and Looking through Binoculars after. Any Kid could have Enjoyed this Event. I enjoyed a lot. Specially when We have to watch the IPad first and Binocular after.

      August 19, 2013

  • Ahmer K.

    It was a fantastic talk and lecture. The only issues were the environment we were in. The microphone system was not loud enough and so I know that I missed several of his comments. The fan at the door didn't really help that. Also, keeping the lights on in the room made it difficult to see some of the information on a few of the slides. Otherwise, Dr. McKay was a fantastic speaker and I did see him last year at Moffett Field when Curiosity was landing on Mars.

    August 18, 2013

  • Rob J.

    Dr McKay's talk was very interesting, and it was timely, too, in that he described the highlights in the year that Curiosity has been on Mars, what it's been up to, and where it plans to go, what it plans to do. Dr McKay has a nicely developed sense of humor, too!

    August 18, 2013

  • Lisa

    Hi Rob, will you also be attending? Where will the group be meeting?

    August 16, 2013

    • Rob J.

      Yes, I'll be there. We'll be in the building closest to the parking lot. We'll have a sign out on the street, and another near the entrance. Can't miss it!

      August 16, 2013

    • Lisa

      Thanks Rob!

      August 16, 2013

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