LVAS President's Note - January
LVAS President - Greg McKay
We hope you are able to join us in Death Valley for our Annual Winter Star Party on Friday and Saturday, January 27th & 28th. There's more details about the weekend event here on the website and our Facebook page. On February 2nd at our next monthly meeting we will have a very interesting talk from retired astrophysicist, Dr. Joe Heller so we hope that you can join us for this talk.
If you have a topic of astronomical interest and would like to present at our monthly meeting which is held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm please drop me a message and let's talk.
Keep an eye out on the Event Calendar page here and our Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/81273219287/ for more info on upcoming events.
As president, I look forward to meeting and working closely with everyone. I’m excited about the new year and upcoming astronomical events that I hope we are able to share with even greater numbers of the general public.
My personal belief is that educating the public, children, and adults, on the subject of the night sky should be our #1 priority. I’m very proud of the work the club has done with the public park events and especially the private school events.
While I’m not a professional I do consider myself an avid amateur. A little bit about myself, my adventure into this field began at about the age of 11 or 12 when helping my dad clean out our attic I found a very old department store 2” refractor telescope. It had belonged to my older brother years earlier and had been relegated to the attic I’m sure after many attempts to get any kind of useful image from it. Several nights of looking at the moon and I was about to call it quits when I “discovered” Jupiter and Saturn. That first sighting of Saturn in this little-discarded telescope and I was hooked for life. After that, I upgraded to a 3” refractor and then an 8” SCT and now the 12” SCT that I currently use. Throughout the years I witnessed Halley’s comet, Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashing into Jupiter, comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake among others, a multitude of partial solar eclipses, one annular solar eclipse, and numerous lunar eclipses as well as my favorite astronomical events, meteor showers.
Here’s wishing clear skies to everyone and as Jack Horkheimer used to say, “Keep Looking Up!”
2016-17 LVAS President