Fridays At Sperry
AAI holds its regular General Membership Meetings on the third Friday of the month from September through May in the Roy Smith Theater or Main Lecture Hall on the Union County Community College campus. On all other Friday evenings, AAI presents informal presentations which are held in the Sperry Observatory classroom at 8:30 p.m. These are free and open to the public. On these Fridays, the observatory is open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The first Friday of each month is normally reserved for Kathy Vaccari's "What's Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide." At Kathy's lecture, you'll learn about the constellations, planets, meteor showers, lunar phases, and other celestial happenings for that month.
Public Talks
9/7/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
8/24/2018  Bonnie Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Myths and Legends of the Milky Way
8/3/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
7/6/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
6/29/2018  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Asteroid Rendezvous: Hayabusa 2 and OSIRIS-REx Missions Overview
6/22/2018  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  The Oppositions of 4 Vesta and Saturn
6/15/2018  Jack Cleeve  Sperry Observatory  The Dark Side of the Universe
6/8/2018  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  Playing With Infinities: Fun With Math, Quantum Mechanics and Reality - Part 3
6/1/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
5/25/2018  John Sichel  Sperry Observatory  What`s in the Sun`s Back Yard?
5/18/2018  AAI Members  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  AAI Members` Research Projects
5/11/2018  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  InSight
5/4/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
4/27/2018  Tony Sharfman  Sperry Observatory  When Telescopes Point at Us - Spy Satellites
4/20/2018  Dr. Nathaniel Frissell  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  HamSCI and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
4/13/2018  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  The Spectroscope: The Swiss Army Knife of Science
4/6/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
3/30/2018  Helder Jacinto  Sperry Observatory  The Art and Science of Meteorites
3/23/2018  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  Playing With Infinities: Fun With Math, Quantum Mechanics and Reality - Part 2
3/16/2018  Dr. Jenny Greene  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  Supermassive Black Holes and Their Galaxies
3/9/2018  Bonnie Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Comet Halley Is the Comet that Controlled Cranford
3/2/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
2/23/2018  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  Playing With Infinities: Fun With Math, Quantum Mechanics & Reality
2/16/2018  Ray Harris  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  History of Celestial Cartography
2/9/2018  Helder Jacinto  Sperry Observatory  Introduction to Narrowband Astronomy: Capture the Night Sky
2/2/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
1/26/2018  Dr. Al Gottlieb  Sperry Observatory  Why Is the Sun`s Corona So Hot? Why Are Prominences So Cool?
1/19/2018  Adam Broussard  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  Stardust - Looking at Galaxies as Stellar Factories
1/12/2018  Clif Ashcraft  Sperry Observatory  Building My Own Observatories
1/5/2018  Kathy Vaccari  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide
12/29/2017  Al Witzgall  Sperry Observatory  Highlights of the Sky for 2018
12/22/2017  John Sichel  Sperry Observatory  Music of the Spheres: Space Sings Back!
12/15/2017  Dr. Joshua Pepper  Roy Smith Theatre, UCC Campus  The Next Stages of Exoplanet Discovery
12/8/2017  Dr. Al Gottlieb  Sperry Observatory  "Oumuamua" - The First Known Interstellar Object
12/1/2017  Aaron Zuckerman  Sperry Observatory  What`s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., whenever weather conditions permit, the public is invited to view the night skies through the 24-inch reflector and the 10-inch refractor telescopes. Trained observers are on hand to operate this equipment and to answer your questions.

This service is provided to you free of charge, and we have lots of free parking. Of course, donations are always welcome.

A note to AAI Members: We wish to encourage all AAI members to get involved and present astronomy topics on Friday evenings to the public. If interested, please contact Mary Ducca
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