For most of human history, the stars told us where we were in space and time. Have we forgotten how to look up?
by Gene Tracy
BAS Meeting , January 2016
Yellow Moon , March 2015
BAS Events Announcements
(6:30 - Setup and Casual Conversation)
Bartlesville Public Library
Contributing to Science by Observing Occultations
Citizen Science is a broad topic that includes many ways that amateurs can contribute to professional science through observations, data collection and data analysis, in a wide variety of scientific fields. Astronomy is one of the fields in which citizen science has a long and respected history. Until around the turn of this century most comets and many asteroids were discovered by amateurs. Amateur variable star observations and lunar and planetary observations have long provided critical data to professional astronomers.
Amateur observations of lunar and asteroid occultations have played in increasingly important role in advancing our understanding of lunar motion, lunar topography, asteroid orbits, and asteroid shapes and sizes, as well as stellar properties and double star detections.
Making occultation observations is well within reach of the typical amateur astronomer. The equipment required can be as simple as a timing device (a stop watch in the old days) and a notebook for recording timings. Any amateur astronomer, in the right place at the right time, can make important contributions to science by observing occultations.
| Month|| Program|| Presenter |
| Jan||Globular Star Clusters ||Daryl Doughty|
| Feb|| Contributing to Science by Observing Occultation||John Grismore|
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