Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science January 7

Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science Release for Jan. 7, 2024,:

“Citizen Science in Astronomy” will be the topic of the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program for Jan. 7. Tom Rosback will discuss observing the night sky, with and without binoculars, telescopes and cameras. He will also provide information about the April, 2024, total solar eclipse including hints on where and how best to observe it. The program begins at 10 a. m. at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St., Salida, CO.

Astronomers and astrophysicists are delving into the origins of the universe with incredibly powerful space-based telescopes. Tom will describe the opportunities for amateur astronomers and citizen scientists to make meaningful contributions to the understanding of our solar system and its nearest neighbors.

An active outdoors person and electronic tinkerer, Tom and wife, Kelly, moved to Salida in 2016 after “retiring” from a full-time engineering and management career spanning four decades. He founded IoT strategies, a company that helps appliance manufacturers securely connect their products to the internet. Tom has had a lifelong interest in astronomy and exploring the night sky. In 1970 he witnessed and photographed his first total solar eclipse. In an early citizen science project, he measured ionospheric background noise during this eclipse and correlated it to the % of the sun’s visible photosphere. In 1971 he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Chicago’s Astro-Science Workshop where he studied under Astronomer and UFOlogist J. Allen Hynek.

Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science on the first Sunday of each month. Each presentation is informative and features a science topic that is understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. The doors open at 9:30 a. m., admission is free, and the public is welcome. Please join us.

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