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MAY 26, 2017 - 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!

NOTE!!   Tonight is the last meeting prior to our three month summer break.
If you need to renew your dues, please come prepared to do so and make our Treasurer happy. ;^)

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


Dr. John Feldmeier, Youngstown State University Dept. of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Feldmeier will discuss his HETDEX research at the McDonald Observatory using the
Hobby Eberly Telescope.
One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy today is that an unknown force called dark energy, may comprise 74% of the total mass-energy of the universe. In west Texas, a new scientific instrument, called HETDEX, will try to measure the dark energy by looking at the "cosmic web" of distant galaxies. As a member of the HETDEX team, I will outline what we are observing, and show some initial results from the HETDEX survey, which is now in its earliest observing stages."

About our Speaker:

Dr. Feldmeier started in astronomy as a member of the San Antonio Astronomical Association (SAAA). He received his undergraduate degrees at the University of Texas in Austin in 1994 and his PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State in 2000. He was a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow before joining Youngstown Faculty in 2006. He is interested in extragalactic planetary nebulae, high redshift galaxies, galaxy clusters, and extrasolar planets. John has observed over 150 nights on professional telescopes (from 24 inches to 8-meter class in size) in Arizona, Chile, and Texas, and has used the Hubble, ASCA, and the Spitzer space telescopes. He is also very interested in astronomy policy and astronomy education and public outreach,especially using planetariums. He is currently a member of the American Astronomical Education Board. He clearly needs to focus a little more. ;^)
Dr. Feldmeier lives in Poland, Ohio, and has one wife, one son, and two cats!



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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