The Northern Colorado Astronomical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the science of astronomy and to encourage and coordinate activities of amateur astronomers.
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September 1st, 2016 Featured Speaker: Greg Halac
Greg joined NCAS in 2002 after experiencing truly dark skies at “Weekend Under the Stars” in Foxpark. He has served as club president and vice-president, and is the current treasurer and outreach coordinator. For his “day” job, he is an engineering manager in Broadcom’s (previously Avago) Wireless Semiconductor Division in Fort Collins.
Talk Abstract: Saturn’s Rings
Although rings have now been found around the solar system’s other gas giant planets, none compare to those of Saturn. As this year’s “evening viewing season” for Saturn draws to a close, this presentation aims to give additional insight into these magnificent structures. This talk covers 4 main topics:
- Discovery of Saturn’s rings and moons
- Geometry, characteristics, and dynamics of the ring system
- NASA image archives and tools to study the rings
- Saturn at equinox (edge-on rings) as seen by Cassini