Fridays At Sperry
AAI holds its regular General Membership Meetings on the third Friday of the month from September through May in the Roy Smith Theater or Main Lecture Hall on the Union County Community College campus. On all other Friday evenings, AAI presents informal presentations which are held in the Sperry Observatory classroom at 8:30 p.m. These are free and open to the public. On these Fridays, the observatory is open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The first Friday of each month is normally reserved for Kathy Vaccari's "What's Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide." At Kathy's lecture, you'll learn about the constellations, planets, meteor showers, lunar phases, and other celestial happenings for that month.
Public Talks
8/11/2017  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Neil Armstrong
8/4/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
7/7/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
6/30/2017  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Peshtigo, America`s Tunguska
6/23/2017  Bonnie Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Doing Backyard Astronomy 101
6/16/2017  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  TBD
6/9/2017  John Sichel  Sperry Observatory  Cassini Mission
6/2/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
5/26/2017  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Mars or Bust: The Hazards and Highlights of Getting to the Red Planet
5/19/2017  AAI Members  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  Members` Research Presentations
5/12/2017  Helder Jacinto  Sperry Observatory  Meteorites
5/5/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
4/28/2017  Dr. Saurabh W. Jha  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  Supernovae and the Accelerating Universe
4/21/2017  Dr. Al Gottlieb  Sperry Observatory  Our Changing View of Mars
4/14/2017  Bonnie Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Speaking on the Record
4/7/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
3/31/2017  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  Light Pollution
3/24/2017  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  The Topological Universe - Part 1
3/10/2017  Bonnie Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Hollywood Goes to Griffith
3/3/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
2/24/2017  Jim Nordhausen  Sperry Observatory  Extreme Astronomy: Science From the Bottom of the World - Part 2: The South Pole
2/17/2017  Lou Lanzerotti  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  Space Weather Effects on Technologies: Historical and Contemporary
2/10/2017  Dr. Al Gottlieb  Sperry Observatory  Dr. Vera Rubin, Astronomer
2/3/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
1/27/2017  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Orion - Where Stars Are Born
1/20/2017  Dr. Robert Vanderbei  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  Space Mission Concepts to Image Earth-Like Planets
1/13/2017  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Lunar Geology - A History of the Moon
1/6/2017  Team C  Sperry Observatory  Dome Duty
1/6/2017  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
12/30/2016  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Highlights of the Night Sky for 2017
12/23/2016  Clif Ashcraft  Sperry Observatory  Techniques for High Dynamic Range Imaging of the Moon
12/16/2016  Dennis Conti  Roy Smith Theatre  Exoplanet Detection via Microlensing
12/9/2016  Bonnie Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Emblems of Earth
12/2/2016  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., whenever weather conditions permit, the public is invited to view the night skies through the 24-inch reflector and the 10-inch refractor telescopes. Trained observers are on hand to operate this equipment and to answer your questions.

This service is provided to you free of charge, and we have lots of free parking. Of course, donations are always welcome.

A note to AAI Members: We wish to encourage all AAI members to get involved and present astronomy topics on Friday evenings to the public. If interested, please contact Mary Ducca
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