With so many things to do this weekend (including work), it was exhausting. Saturday started with about 4 hours of work to meet deadlines.
Then it was off to the Riverside Astronomical Society’s Board of Trustees quarterly meeting. There we concluded the year’s business for the club and more importantly finished next years calendar of events. Then we had a pleasant meal before the next event…the general meeting.
As president, I get to preside over and run the meeting. We had reports on all the happenings at the Board meeting and then our Chief Observer gave his report for the month. A first type presenter, Michael Bauer, did this month’s “What’s Up?” presentation of Wolf Reyet stars. The interesting thing is that Michael did it using his phone! I will have to work that out for my presentations.
After our break, the guest speaker for the evening Dusan Keres, from the Department of Physics, UCSD gave his talk on “Understanding Galaxy Formation with Supercomputer Models.” Interestingly enough, many of the points that Michael gave in his presentation were echoed in Dusan’s. Michael said it was just coincidence, but I am not buying it.
What I found most interesting was the dark matter halos that theory has surrounds each galaxy, and may have actually caused the galaxies to form. This is a little different than the super-massive black hole theory that has them forming galaxies. It will be interesting to see how this all works out. I would probably be easier if we could either observe or measure dark matter.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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