To view a presentation given to the Longmont Astronomical Society, click on a link below.
Science and Observations of the Chilean Eclipse of 2019 by Jim Elkins, February 20, 2020
Balloon Observations of Earth, Moon and Total Solar Eclipse by Jim Elkins, August 15, 2013
Understanding the Earth's Atmosphere Better with Unmanned Aircraft Systems by Jim Elkins, November 18, 2010
Previous Monthly Meeting Talks
All These Worlds: The Exoplanet Revolution
For generations we've wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Thanks in large part to space missions like Kepler, we now know that we live in a galaxy full of diverse planetary systems. Not only are we detecting planets around thousands of other stars, we are beginning to characterize them as well, revealing the vast stage for the play of life in the Universe.
Dr. Daniel D. Durda is with the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder. He has more than twenty-five years of experience researching asteroids, Vulcanoids, Kuiper belt comets, and interplanetary dust, including airborne astronomical observations from high-performance jet aircraft. He is an active pilot with time logged in over a dozen types of aircraft and has more than 110 minutes of time conducting experiments on NASA’s zero-gravity KC-135 aircraft. He has co-authored a book, published numerous articles popularizing planetary science and human exploration of space, and has appeared in more than 70 television science documentaries. Dan is an experienced cave diver and participates in underwater cave rescue and recovery missions.
Virtual Star Party Presentation
Dr. Brian Ottum gave a great talk on January 31st about a virtual star party using a remote telescope to view Orion. It's still available on YouTube.