Name Title of Presentation Summary
John Bally, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, University of Colorado, Boulder Recent Advances in Astronomy: A Visual Tour

The recent completion of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, the upgrade to the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, development of adaptive optics on 8 to 10 meter telescopes, and

John Bally, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Un
Alan M. MacRobert – Sky & Telescope Magazine Fine Art of Observing Workshop, Secrets of Deep Sky Observing

We’ve figured out all sorts of ways to get the faintest and the mostest out of CCD chips, DSLRs, and videocams.  But what about your eye?  Are you sure you know all the tricks?

Bill Possel, LASP Bill Possel, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Operating the Kepler Mission with University Students

The Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, has been one of NASA’s most scientifically successful missions.  From the first command to the spacecraft, students at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Sp

Bill Possel is the Director of Mission Operations and Data Systems at the Laboratory for Atmospheric
Bob Gent Save Our Night Skies Update

Bob Gent will give an upd

Lt Col Bob Gent is a retired USAF Space Systems Officer.
Carolyn Collins Petersen, CEO of Loch Ness Productions Pro-Am Collaboration Workshop

Carolyn will be talking about the Pro-Am experiences that she has had including comet and other observations.

Carolyn Collins Petersen is an award-winning science writer and astronomer.
Chris Peterson Chasing Meteors

The science of meteoritics has seen a renaissance in recent years, as new instrumentation and computational techniques have advanced our understanding.

Chris Peterson started developing computerized, guided mounts in the late 1970s.
David Bernson Across the water to the Princess in Chains….Celestial Highlights of the Autumn Sky

Constellations, Mythology, Star Names and a few select deep sky objects of unusual interest and surpassing beauty will be discussed.

Dave Bernson is a dedicated, lifelong, sky explorer and a 5-term president of the Salt Lake Astronom
David Tosteson Fine Art of Observing Workshop

David’s passion is to seek out things no one has seen, and new types of objects fresh from research and professional literature using large reflectors.

Dave is an amateur with over 30 years of experience viewing deep-sky objects.
Derryl Barr Derryl Barr Saros Series 145 and the American Eclipse of 2017

Eclipse chasers have long known that whatever eclipse they have just observed, another will again occur with little variation 18 years and 11.32 days in the future.

Derryl Barr has been involved in astronomy for most of his whole life, and has recently witnessed f
Dolores H. Hill, Sr. Research Specialist Lunar & Planetary Laboratory Explore New Frontiers with the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission to Near-Earth Asteroid Bennu


Dolores Hill is a meteoriticist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona,
Dr. Bob Stencel, University of Denver Observatories Observatories near Longitude 105 West - Past, Present & Future

The historically high and dry climate of the Rocky Mountain region has given rise to numerous observatories.  These include the classic 1894 large refractor in Denver, and a proliferation of public

Robert "Dr.
Dr. Don Bruns Measuring Starlight Deflection during the 2017 Eclipse: Repeating the Experiment that made Einstein Famous

In 1919, astronomers performed an experiment during a solar eclipse, attempting to measure the deflection of stars near the sun, in order to verify Einstein’s theory of general relativity.  The exp

Dr. Fran Bagenal “Juno: Revealing Jupiter’s Interior” – NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter: What’s Inside the Giant Planet?


Dr. Kate Russo Researching the total solar eclipse experience – putting words to the ineffable

Dr Kate Russo is an Australian author, psychologist and eclipse chaser who has lived in Belfast for
Dr. Stacey Palen Dr. Stacey Palen Solar System Life Cycle

  Outline of the presentation:
 1) Formation of the Sun and Solar System
 a) Giant molecular clouds
 b) Gravity and disks (interactive demo)

Stephanie Slater Dr. Stephanie J. Slater Eclipses and Science Fiction

Across a wide variety of science fiction movies and books, eclipses capture the audiences’ attention. Dr.

Dr. Stephanie J.
Tim Slater Dr. Tim Slater What’s So Hard About Understanding Eclipses?

 Of all the wonders of the sky, perhaps the most awesome is that unexpected appearance of an eclipse.

Dr. Wladimir Lyra, California State University at Northridge, Department of Physics and Astronomy Europa Clipper Mission

Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbor some of the most habitable real estate in our Solar System.

Wladimir Lyra is an assistant professor at California State University at Northridge, Department of
Fred Espenak Photograph Basics for the 2017 Total Eclipse


Fred Espenak is a scientist emeritus at Goddard Space Flight Center and is NASA's expert on ecl
Fred Espenak Fred Espenak Keynote at Banquet

Mr. Espenak will be the keynote speaker at the Gala Awards Banquet Saturday evening.

Fred Espenak is a scientist emeritus at Goddard Space Flight Center and is NASA's expert on ecl
Graeme Jenkinson REAL SCIENCE FOR THE TIME POOR AMATEUR - The study of Double Stars from the Southern Hemisphere

Like many of us I am continually in awe of the skills of the modern day amateur astrophotographer with the huge range of quality CCD astro cameras now available.

Graeme Jenkinson is an amateur astronomer who works and lives with his wife in Oakey, a small countr
J. Kim Malville J. Kim Malville

The talk will summarize the archaeoastronomy of three sites of the ancient world: Nabta Playa in southern Egypt, the earliest known example of megalithic astronomy in the world, Chaco Canyon and it

During the International Geophysical Year Dr.
Jim Fox Pro-Am Workshop Abstract

Jim will describe some of hi

When asked how he got into astronomy, “I always wanted to be an astronomer, once I got through the c
Martin Ratcliffe The 1898 and 1995 Indian eclipses: A contrasting view

There’s a famous journey involving a long sea voyage to India by the British Astronomical Association in 1898. The saga is highlighted in the volume, The Indian Eclipse 1898, by E W Maunder.

Martin is currently Director of Professional Development for Sky-Skan, a digital planetarium company
Mike Hotka Mike Hotka 46 Astronomical League Certificates - How I Did It?

Talk outline

  • Introduction
  • Who am I?
  • Setting Intentions and Goals

  • Use of an Astronomical Database

Mike Hotka has been an amateur astronomer for almost 50 years.
Mike Murray, Production Manager, Clark Planetarium Mike Murray The Fine Art of Observing

Whether you're observing the night sky with bi

Mike Murray is the Astronomer and Planetarium Manager for the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City,
Patricia Reiff, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice MMS mission delivers promised measurements of ‘magnetic reconnection

“Space weather is driven by the interactions between the solar wind and Earth’s magnetic field, and one of the most important of these interactions is ‘magnetic reconnection,’ a fundamental process

Professor Patricia H.
Robert Arn Nightscape Photography: The Juxtoposition of Earth and Sky

Explore the world at night through your DSLR camera. Juxtapose wide open meadow, towering mountains, and vast deserts under the Milky Way.

Robert Arn has spent more than 10 years in the field of astrophotography.
Shane L. Larson, Research Associate Professor, Northwestern University/Adler Planetarium The Gravitational Universe

Of all the known forces of Nature, gravity plays a singularly important role in the Cosmos --- it is the only force that matters on the mind-bogglingly large scale of the entire Universe.

Shane Larson is a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is a
Terry Mann Astrophotography/Digital Imaging Workshop

For some, this will be the first time you are close to truly dark skies. Not only that, you will be in the perfect spot to experience a total solar eclipse.

Terry Mann wants to live in a world where skies are clear, nights are long, and the stars look like