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.
Click to see photos... May Owl Hollow Excursion
Next LAS Meeting: Thursday, July 18, 7:00 PM
Seeing, Transparency, and Light in the Night Sky
Our July speaker is LAS member Steve Albers. Steve has studied atmospheric turbulence extensively, including work at NOAA and now with SPIRE Global. Steve will help us understand the ins and out of these phenomena.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star... Let’s face it, astronomers are at odds with poets and songwriters on this one. The quaint and often lovingly mentioned twinkling of stars in the night sky is very unhelpful in astronomy, whether you are star-hopping to find that elusive binary or trying to image a bright nebula. Earth’s atmosphere is a complex mix of interacting fluid forces, responding constantly to a collection of forces from incoming solar radiation to features in the landscape. Whatever the causes, the result is turbulence. And whether reflected from the surface of a planet or directly from stars, light pasting through our turbulent atmosphere bounces around.
The meeting will be in class room 2 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church located on the south side of Third Ave between Terry and Pratt.
If you park in the covered parking lot, there is a door into the building on the east wall. Enter there and the class room 2 is just a few steps down the hall to your right.