Upcoming Meetings

Zach“A Supernova in the Lab: Nuclear Research at NSCL”

Zach Constan, Outreach coordinator for Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (Zach is Paul Quenneville’s cousin).

Michigan State University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is one of the world’s leading rare isotope research facilities. How do researchers study atomic nuclei that are too small to see, exist for less than a second, and can’t be found on Earth? Simply accelerate them to half the speed of light, smash them, and then study the pieces. The secrets we learn could help explain what happens in exploding stars and the origins of elements in your body. In addition, MSU has begun constructing the $730 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a DOE Office of Science project to design and establish a world-leading laboratory that will push the boundaries of nuclear science.

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm.



whittleUVA Professor Mark Whittle

The Cosmic Microwave Background: A Window on Inflation?

The Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) has made headline news many times over the past few years, and with good reason. The CMB comes from hot gas that was glowing at a time when the Universe was so young that most of its fundamental qualities were still simple and understandable and, most importantly, visible in the CMB’s subtle patchy patterns. In this CAS talk, I will review why the CMB gives us so much information about the universe, including the recent claims that it has revealed for the first time evidence for the cosmic birth process itself: inflation.

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at McCormick Observatory.

GIR SCOPE PHOTOGreg Redfern, NASA Solar System Ambassador and NoVAC Member

Topic: “The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater – the Inside Story of America’s Largest Impact Crater”. The world’s 7th largest known impact crater is under the Chesapeake Bay at Cape Charles, VA; hear the inside story

Greg recently retired to Green County he plans to join CAS.

Meeting starts at 6:45 pm at McCormick Observatory.