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The Memphis Astronomical Society

will present the following presentations at our

Friday, July 6th, 2018

General meeting held at Christian Brothers University in the Science Auditorium of Assissi Hall.

The meeting begins at 8:00 pm

All MAS Programs are FREE and open to the general public.


OBSERVING AND ANALYZING METEOR SHOWERS

by William J. Busler

Most of us know how much fun it is to watch a meteor shower – relaxing in a lawn chair while seeing beautiful streaks of colorful light in the sky.  But this is another area in which amateur astronomers can make a valuable contribution to science.  We probably all realize that our observations can lead to an accurate determination of the radiant point of the shower, and an estimate of the “zenithal hourly rate” of meteors.  However, if our meteor counts are taken in a systematic manner, we can calculate the true shower rate, regardless of how many meteors each observer saw, the “perception coefficient” of each observer, whether meteoroids tend to clump together, and even the mass of the “dirt” in the parent comet.  Bill will describe the best ways to observe a meteor shower and will show how the data can be analyzed to yield useful scientific information.


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About the M.A.S.

The Memphis Astronomical Society is a non-profit, public service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and related sciences. Founded in 1953

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.


Contact us:
Phone Numbers and email
Ric Honey, President (901) 828-3112 ric@memphisastro.org
Jeremy Veldman, VP Programs

(662) 418-7511

jeremy@memphisturnkey.com
Mark Matthews, VP Observing (901) 755-5564 mmatthews@bec-memphis.com
Sarita Joshi, Treasurer (901) 752-5761 sarita.joshi@memphisastro.org

Bill Busler

(901) 382-2246 bill.busler@memphisastro.org

Memphis Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 871

Cordova, TN 38088-0871


 

 

 

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