Stockton Astronomical Society
Coming Up [view SAS Sky Calendar (143.1KB PDF file) May 2013]
Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 am -- ATM Workshop
Saturday, May 4 at sunset -- High Altitude Star Party
Thursday, May 9 -- New Moon
Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm -- Regular Meeting of SAS in Olson Hall, Room 120, at UOP
Saturday, May 11 at sunset -- Highway 4 Star Party - OR -
Saturday, May 11 at sunset -- Pardee Observation Point Star Party
Saturday, May 11 at 7:00 pm -- Public Star Party at Oak Grove Regional Park
Friday, May 17 at 9:00 pm -- Sky Tours at Delta College -- (Shima 2 parking lot)
Friday, May 24 -- Full Moon
SAS May 9th Meeting
Stockton Astronomical Society presents:
Dr. Tom Zobrist
Building the world’s largest telescopes:
the future of ground-based astronomy
Tom Zobrist will recap his experience working at the Stewart Observatory Mirror Laboratory (SOML) helping to build the world’s largest astronomical telescopes, including LBT, GMT, and LSST. He will provide a brief explanation of the fabrication process, starting from 5 kg chunks of glass to producing light-weighted, monolithic telescope mirrors up to 8.4 m diameter. Results from the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), currently the world’s largest telescope, will be highlighted to show the comparison between ground-based and space-based astronomy.
SOML is currently fabricating the mirrors for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which will each revolutionize ground-based astronomy when they are complete.
Tom will discuss how LSST will allow every amateur astronomer to have access to an 8.4 m research-grade telescope, and about the race between GMT and its competitors, the Universities of California led Thirty Meter Telescope and the European Extremely Large Telescope, for the title of World’s Largest Telescope.
...Dennis LeClert, Program Director
What's to See Tonight
Astronomy in the News
Thinking of Buying a Star?
California's First Astronomical Observatory
Picture of the Day
From the US Naval Observatory
|NASA Released Photo and Info Sheet|
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