Astronomical Society

About the Longmont Astronomical Society

The Longmont Astronomical Society is a non-profit amateur astronomy club based in Longmont, Colorado. The club was founded in 1987 by people enthused about astronomy and who were looking for an avenue to share their enthusiasm with others of like interest. Since then the club's membership has grown to over 100 (both families and individuals) that embody all levels of experience and interest.  All of the photos at right were taken by members of the club.

Our meetings and star parties are open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend.

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Membership in the LAS is open to all people of any age.  We offer Student and Individual Memberships.

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Upcoming events

Click to see photos...     May Owl Hollow Excursion     

Next LAS Regular Meeting: Thursday, February 20, 7:00 PM

!!! New Location: Niwot Inn (342 2nd Avenue, Niwot) !!!

Science & Observations of the Chilean Eclipse of 2019

by Jim Elkins

Our family had the wonderful opportunity of observing the 2019 solar eclipse together.  We had a chance to tour the coast of Chile and see the countryside. Using our photos, we were able to do some science with the collaboration of some atmospheric scientists. We were able to observe the reactions to the eclipse by Chileans on a crowded beach, which was more interesting than the actual eclipse.   I will show my portable tracker and camera setup so that I can travel lightly on standby airline tickets. I would encourage members to travel to see another solar eclipse over an adventurer’s paradise in Chile and Argentina on December 14, 2020.

Jim Elkins: a brief bio

February’s presentation will feature LAS member Jim Elkins. In his day job Jim serves as Group chief, Halocarbons and other Atmospheric Trace Species Group for NOAA. Jim has essentially been scientist since high school, and in atmospheric sciences since undergraduate days at the University of Virginia. Pursuit of greater understanding in the field as taken Jim to such places as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD in the Laboratory of Planetary Atmospheres, graduate school in the Division of Applied Physics and Engineering at Harvard University,  the Center for Analytical Chemistry at the National Bureau of Standards (currently, NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD, and in In 1986, he joined the Geophysical Monitoring for Climate Change Program as the chief of the Nitrous Oxide and Halocarbons Group at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO. The group has between 10 and 12 employees and has become the Halocarbons and other Atmospheric Trace Species Group. Along the way he has authored or co-authored over 90 publications in the fields of global warming and the depletion of stratospheric ozone. His research has covered measurements of atmospheric trace species from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the heights of the stratosphere, and earned him numerous awards. [Read his full bio here: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/staff/James.W.Elkins/  ; excerpts of which were copied for this brief introduction.]

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