LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Sunday, May 29 2016 @ 05:34 AM EDT



General Meeting, open to the public
Sunday, June 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
LVAAS South Mountain Headquarters

A Talk by Ron Kunkel



"Gravitational Waves"


Ron will briefly discuss the history of man’s understanding of gravity from Newton to Einstein.   The bulk of the talk will then look at the characteristics and history of the detection of gravitational waves, both indirectly and directly by the LIGO Observatories.

Ron has been a member of LVAAS since about 1995.  He is an active observer of the Sun as well as night sky objects, but considers himself more of an armchair astronomer.  Ron is very active in various LVAAS outreach programs and Pulpit Rock Maintenance.  He is formerly an officer of all of LVAAS elected positions and currently serving as LVAAS Secretary.  



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THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY -- 620B East Rock Road -- Allentown, PA 18103 -- 610-797-3476 --


Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.


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