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January 5th, 2017 - Featured Speaker: Dr. Roger B. Culver

The Bygone Constellations of the Cosmos

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Speaker Bio: Dr. Roger Culver received his Ph.D. in astronomy at the Ohio State University in 1971. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Astronomy after 50 years as a member of the Department of Physics at the Colorado State University. Professor Culver has published 85 research papers and 9 books in his career and has observed at some of the leading observatories around the world, including Kitt Peak Observatory, Mount Stromlo Observatory in Australia, and the Lowell Observatory. He is also a member of the International Astronomical Union, the American Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society of England, and the NCAS Throughout his 50 year career he taught all of the astronomy courses offered at CSU whose total enrollment over the years is well over 40,000 students. In addition he has written a newspaper column, “Colorado Skies” for the past 49 years which has appeared monthly in the Fort Collins Coloradoan and the North Forty News.   

Talk Abstract: Down through the centuries cultures the world over have imagined "star pictures" in the more or less random scattering of  stars in the night sky.  Out of a myriad of such imaginings, modern astronomers now officially recognize 88 of these star pictures or constellations, thus consigning "a myriad-88" constellations to history.  In this presentation we will discuss some of those "left behind" constellations.

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