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MARCH 25, 2016 - General Membership Meeting at 8:00 PM
at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center
  725 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron, OH  44319

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Please note that we ALWAYS encourage the public to attend ANY of our events, including meetings.
Come and enjoy the lecture and talk to us about astronomy!

8:00 PM - Call to order and introduction of tonight's program:

Speaker:

Dr. Jay Reynolds, Cleveland State University Researcher and Instructor, and
President of the Cleveland Astronomical Society

Presentation:

A Visit of Two Dwarf Planets That Changed Everything!
  This year, spacecraft missions to Dwarf Planets Pluto & Ceres, have greatly changed our understanding of our rocky system. Ion propelled DAWN visited Vesta, then Dwarf Planet Ceres and surprised astronomers and geologists alike. DAWN sent up photos of surface features and behaviors which were not expected. The DAWN mission will go silent this year and Dr. Reynolds will view some of the highlights and possible explanations. Also, this past July history was made by the first 'flyby' of Pluto, and its moon Charon. As the NEW HORIZONS spacecraft approached Pluto, most scientists expected old, dull, pockmarked worlds. They instead found surfaces with a rich history of old AND new features generated by internal heat sources. In addition, new information regarding a mysterious ninth planet will be discussed.

Join us to see Ceres and the newest images from Pluto!   3D Glasses will be provided.

About our speaker:

Dr. Reynolds is a Research Astronomer at Cleveland State University, is a member of the NASA Speakers Bureau, and is acclaimed as the area's most Visible Scientist. He was and is a contributor to NASA, presently on the DAWN Project. He gives over 30 talks a year, and is frequently on radio and television.
 
To see one of the 3D images that Dr. Reynolds showed us during his excellent presentation,
click here. Of course, you'll need to have your own "red-blue" 3D glasses to see the mysterious mountain Ahuna Mons on the asteroid Ceres in three dimensions.

9:00 PM - Brief coffee-break / discussion time
 
9:15 PM - Business meeting to be called to order and will include the following:
  Meeting Agenda in a Microsoft WORD file
  Meeting Agenda in a PDF file
  ●  Treasurer's Report
  ●  Observatory Director's Report
  ●  Calls for observations
  ●  New Business



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