Westminster Astronomical Society serves as the Astronomical Resource for Carroll County, Maryland. We have public star parties all around Carroll and the surrounding counties as well as other community service work to further educate the citizens of Carroll County about the great overhead nightly resource, our Milky Way. Astronomy is looking up!
7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Westminster’s Bear Branch Nature Center. The only exception is December when the regular meeting night is used for the annual WAS Holiday Banquet.
The meetings are free and open to the public. Anyone who wishes may bring a telescope and observe after the meetings.
September 11 Meeting
Jeffrey B. Plescia (JHU-APL) will be discussing “Lunar Archeology – The Search for Ancient Space Vehicles” at the monthly meeting, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Bear Branch Nature Center’s auditorium.
For over 50 years, the United State and Soviet Union, have sent robotic and human spacecraft to the Moon to collect data, explore and return samples. Some of those vehicles made soft landings on the surface, others impacted forming craters. Using data from the Lunar reconnaissance Orbiter, most of those vehicles and craters have been located. Aside from general curiosity, locating the vehicles is important to understand the geologic context of the observations and samples.
Dr. Plescia received his Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Southern California. He has worked at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the US Geological Survey and is currently at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.