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May 17

AstroNews #2 – Sky Talk That’s Down To Earth (free)

May 17, 2022 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

A free, bi-monthly, single-session class:

AstroNews #2

Sky Talk That’s Down to Earth

Join a discussion of developments in astronomy hosted by Bob Marx.

Tuesday, May 17, 7 PM

No fee, but registration required:


Topics in AstroNews #2

Background introduction followed by Q&A and discussion.




  • Sex in Space. It’s going to happen and cause serious mission consequences. It’s not a joke to the ethical, medical, and legal scholars advising NASA.
  • Earendal. The oldest, most gigantic star known. It was found recently by gravitational lensing using the Hubble Telescope. Brian Welch, the principal investigator, joins us.
  • Artemis Project. Returning to the moon by 2025. Issues and schedules.
  • James Webb Telescope. Update on deployment, alignment, calibration of its mirrors. First light?
  • Public-Private Space Projects. Who has the rights to data and spinoffs? Issues in real situations. This continues a recent podcast debate between President Brian Berg and Executive Vice President Bart Fried, the recording of which is available on aaa.org

Bob Marx has been teaching physics for thirty years.  He currently teaches and oversees revisions to physics labs at Hunter College. Bob is an active member having taught AAA classes and is a member of the Classes Committee. He is the principal organizer for AstroNews, reflecting his interest in Astronomy and unusual aspects of science history and issues.


May 17, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT
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