Astronomy

   
CHAIRMAN: Ron Greenberg
SCHEDULE: 4th Thursdays at 1:30 PM
TELEPHONE: (201) 447-2611
LOCATION: Church Ed Building

Astronomy is star-gazing, but it's a lot more than that. Whenever you encounter stories in the news about space travel, planetary exploration, black holes, dark matter, dark energy or names like NASA, Hubble, Cassini, New Horizons or speculation about multiple universes, relativity/quantum physics, new devices for cosmic exploration or events like comets and asteroids passing near Earth, eclipses, rainbows or discoveries like new stars, galaxies, exoplanets, your are entering the realm of astronomy. The Astronomy Group's purpose is to grapple with the concepts and terminology that form the background for such stories so that members can interpret them with a decent level of scientific understanding. Besides, these ideas are extremely interesting! Each meeting focuses on the astronomy news of the month and takes a "deep dive" into one such topic. Using a planetarium-like computer app, the group also examines the contemporary night skies, including the constellations,planets and major stellar objects that should be visible. The group occasionally supplements this study with actual star-gazing visits to such sites as the Emil Buehler Trust Observatory at Bergen Community College. Join us and become a star! Or at least learn what stars are all about.