Friends of Palomar Observatory 2011 Events


On Saturday, May 21 Caltech's Mike Brown gave an engaging talk on the outer solar system and stayed around to sign copies of his book author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.

On Saturday, June 25 Caltech's Christoph Baranec, principal investigator for the Robo-AO program, gave a talk, "Pushing the limits of Adaptive Optics: P3K and Robo-AO". In it he described the new ground-breaking projects taking place with the Palomar Observatory's 60-inch telescope and the 200-inch Hale Telescope and how they are pushing the frontiers of advanced high-resolution imaging.

On Saturday, July 16 Renowned author and speaker Robert L. Piccioni gave a presentation of"Einstein for Everyone", an engaging talk on Albert Einstein and his amazing career.

How did a young rebel, who seemed doomed to fail, overcome rejection to become the world's most famous scientist? In plain English, what do his theories mean? And how does Einstein impact our lives through DVDs, GPS, CCD imaging and digital cameras, computers, and smarter energy?

Dr. Piccioni graduated from Caltech, has a Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Stanford University, and was on the research faculty of Harvard University. He is an expert on Einstein's theories and cosmology. Robert ran eight high-tech companies and holds patents in medical equipment, microelectronics, and smart energy. Since "retiring", Robert's mission is making science accessible. He is "Teacher of the Year" at the Osher Institute and hosts the online radio show "Guide to the Cosmos". Robert is the author of two books that won national and international competitions for "Best Popular Science Book of the Year": Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe explores the exciting discoveries of modern astronomy, physics, and cosmology.

On Saturday August 20 World-renowned astrophotographer Dennis Mammana presented COSMIC ADVENTURES!

The sky is filled with amazing sights. Unfortunately they don't always come to us... sometimes we've got to go to them. Dennis Mammana showed the past two-plus decades of leading stargazers around the world to view and photograph some of the most remarkable and exciting spectacles in all of nature-―eclipses, the aurora borealis, comets and more.

The talk was followed by viewing celestial objects through the observatory's public outreach telescopes (weather permitting).

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