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Public Talks
Most Fridays (year round):
AAI members make
informal presentations at Sperry Observatory beginning at 8:30 p.m.  (See "Fridays At Sperry" schedule)

Presentations For Youth Groups:
By prior arrangement, talks suitable for younger audiences can be scheduled at 7:00 p.m. These presentations range in subject from Solar System objects to the constellations.


Groups are urged to contact the scheduler to confirm the availability of space.

On the third Friday of each month from September through May:
AAI holds its monthly
General Membership Meeting at which a featured speaker from outside the organization presents a topic of interest in astronomy or a related field. The meeting is held on the Cranford, New Jersey campus of Union County College in either the Main Lecture Hall or in the Roy Smith Theater. See description below.

A brief business meeting is held at 8:00 p.m., and it is followed by the speaker's presentation. There is no admission charge. All are welcome to attend, and there is plenty of free parking.

After the meeting, all are invited across campus to Sperry Observatory for an informal time of refreshments, conversation, and observing. This is a perfect opportunity to meet the speaker one-on-one and to learn more about AAI from our members. 

Contact AAI Vice President Mary Ducca for more information.


Dr. Jerry Krassner
Dr. Jerry Krassner
October 19, 2018

“Three Generations of Airborne Astronomy”

Dr. Jerry Krassner


8:00p.m. Roy Smith Theater

Dr. Krassner has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace community, much of it focused on space science. He has a PhD in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester, where his research centered on understanding star formation regions. He has used many of the leading telescopes of the day, including the NRAO VLA and 300’ radio telescopes, various infrared telescopes at Kitt Peak and Mt Lemmon Observatories, and all of the NASA airborne observatories. For his day job, Dr. Krassner is a consultant to government and industry on the applications of advanced technology to issues of national security. He has been a member of several senior advisory panels for the Air Force and intelligence community, and has been presented the Air Force "Civilian Exemplary Service" award. Most recently, he has embarked on a quest involving amateur astrophotography- a task certain to lead to untold frustrations.


Click here for the complete General Membership Meeting schedule of speakers.

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