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Friday, April 12th, 2019
Open A Window to the Night!
Why light pollution matters: reaching beyond amateur astronomers to make a difference
by Theo Wellington
The nighttime environment is a crucial natural resource for all life on Earth, but the glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting has hidden the stars, radically changing the nighttime environment. We are only just beginning to understand the negative repercussions of losing this natural resource. A growing body of research suggests that the loss of the natural nighttime environment is causing serious harm to human health and the environment.
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Opportunity Mission Recap
by Richard Townley
On February 13, 2019, after eight months of failed attempts to re-awaken the Opportunity rover, NASA declared the Opportunity mission complete. The rover was operational for 5,111 Martian days, far longer than its originally planned mission of 90 Martian days. This presentation will be a recap of the Opportunity mission, its discoveries, and some of the best photographs of the Martian surface that it gave us.
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About the M.A.S.
The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.
The Memphis Astronomical Society is 501(c)(3) charitable educational society, and as such, donations may be tax deductible (please consult your tax advisor). If you care to make a donation, you may use the link below to so. We will be sure you recieve a reciept for your records.
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|Jeremy Veldman, President
|Rebecca Love, VP Programs
|Mark Matthews, VP Observing
|Sarita Joshi, Treasurer
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Bill Busler, Ambassador
Memphis Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 871
Cordova, TN 38088-0871