Meetings — Speakers

The Cape Cod Astronomical Society holds a monthly meeting, with a guest speaker, in the school library (the library is in the front right-side of the school as you face it from Station Avenue) which is located at:

Dennis-Yarmouth High School
210 Station Ave, South Yarmouth, MA 02664

The meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month beginning at 7:30pm.  After the guest speaker has concluded their engagement, society members will usually have a discussion of society interests.

Gus Romano or his delegate “host” a dutch-treat dinner gathering for members and friends of the Society each meeting night. The speaker for each meeting is always invited. Please join the group to dine and talk about all things interesting, including astronomy!  Check the calendar for time and location information.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS:

June 6th:

Dr. Jim Lynch (CCAS) will use the hour to discuss the proposed “observational projects” initiative.

July 11th (not 4th!)

Dr. Larry Marschall, Gettysburg College.

“ON BEYOND PLUTO”

Abstract: On New Year’s Day, 2019, the New Horizons Spacecraft achieved a rendezvous with 2014 MU69, the most distant object in our solar system ever visited by a spacecraft. Three and a half years earlier, in July 2015, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto, sending back striking and informative closeup views of that distant dwarf planet. 2014 MU69 lies beyond Pluto, in a region of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt, and because of its immense distance, practically nothing is known about it. In this presentation, we will show some of the first glimpses of this previously unexplored region of space. Based on our experience with New Horizon’s first views of Pluto, we expected many surprises, and there were—-but there were also some remarkable confirmations of predictions. We’ll discuss these both—data is still coming down from the distant spacecraft, and it won’t all be downloaded until next year.

August 1st

Dr. Antony Stark, HSCfA “Imaging Black Holes”

* If you would like to give a talk, either as the main speaker of the evening, or as an ancillary speaker, please notify Jim Lynch at jlynch@whoi.edu.