RMMS Meeting!

Join us on Monday evening, January 16, for our monthly Rocky Mountain Mars Society chapter meeting. The cost is free, and we have an excellent speaker this month: Dr David Stillman, from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder. Dr Stillman will lead a discussion about “RSL”, dark, seasonal streaks on the surface of Mars probably caused by near-surface water. RSL pose profound questions with major¬†implications for Mars life, planetary protection, and future human missions. Dive into these topics with our local Martian experts!

 

Note: we meet at 7:00pm in room 101 of the Environmental Design building on the CU-Boulder campus. If we have a larger crowd, we may move down the hall to a bigger room. Also, bring a sandwich at 6:30 for social time.

NewSpace Lecture: “Why Aren’t We There Yet?!” w/ Dr. Robert Zubrin and Brian Enke

Boulder NewSpace Lecture Series: Mars Meetup

Join us for an engaging and exciting talk about Mars settlement. Dr. Robert Zubrin and Brian Enke will be discussing Why We Aren’t There Yet?! and what it will to get “boots on Mars within a decade”! Guests are invited to join the speakers after the lecture for drinks and snacks. Location: TBD.

Cost: $7.50 Students and Mars Society Members  &  $10.50 Adults and Non- MS Members

Get Tickets HERE

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Monthly RMMS meeting

Come join us on the patio at Gordon Biersch for some beer and some space. If bad weather threatens, we will move the meeting to our cold-month location at CU in Boulder, so stay tuned for more info as the event nears.

Meteor Shower of the Decade Is Coming Next Week

Astronomers predict next week's meteor shower will have twice as many meteors as normal.

Astronomers predict next week’s meteor shower will have twice as many meteors as normal.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a22200/meteor-shower-of-the-decade/

If you find yourself outside during the night next Thursday, don’t forget to look up. On August 11 and 12, the biggest meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, will be lighting up the night sky, and this year the Perseids promise to be the best shower of the decade.

The Perseids typically peak in mid-August every year, when the Earth intersects with the trail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Debris from the comet impacts the Earth’s atmosphere and streaks across the sky, creating shooting stars.

Typically, the Perseids’ peak features about 100 meteors per hour. But this year, we may see twice that many thanks to an “outburst,” which occurs when the Earth runs into leftover debris from past orbits of the comet as well as debris from the current year. The extra material combines to create a truly spectacular meteor shower.

This year, the Perseids are expected to contain meteors from comet trails laid down in 1862, 1479, and 1079. This means that some of the meteors that will impact Earth’s atmosphere next week broke off from the Comet Swift-Tuttle nearly a thousand years ago.

If you’re planning to watch the Perseids, it’s best to be prepared. The optimal time to see the meteor shower is from late at night on Thursday August 11 to early Friday morning on the 12th, before sunrise. Be sure to get plenty of rest if you’re going to stay up late to watch the show.

Pick a spot that’s far away from city lights that brighten the sky. The darker the sky, the better the viewing, so you may have to drive into the countryside. This tool can help you find a dark sky location nearby. Remember to give your eyes at least 20 minutes to adjust to the dark.

Most importantly, enjoy yourself and have fun! Meteor showers are always better with people, so bring some friends or loved ones along, and keep your eyes on the sky.

Source: EarthSky

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/a22200/meteor-shower-of-the-decade/