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Monday Morning Memo

Here's a brief synopsis of what's going on this week in regards to Physics... and beyond.

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You are invited to a talk entitled OSIRIS-REx: NASA’s Asteroid Sample Return Mission Target: Carbonaceous Asteroid 101955 Bennu, with Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, Professor & Chair of the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy

In this talk, I will present the scientific goals of the OSIRIS-REx mission, and discuss the aspects of the science operations with which I am most heavily involved. Of particular interest are the decision factors for the selection of a sampling site, and the measurements that feed into the data products to be used for decisions.  Our sampling site will need to be boulder-free, cliff-free, show evidence of small-particle regolith, and be approachable safely by the spacecraft.  In addition, the scientific value of the sample is important.  Specifically, we will need to understand the thermal history, the chemical composition, the mineralogy, and the geological context of potential sampling sites in order to select the sampling location with the highest scientific value.  Our target asteroid, 101955 Bennu, is a very dark rock, spectrally similar to the most primitive carbonaceous meteorites.  The mission concept of operations has us conducting global surveys and selecting sample sites – all within the space of a few months.    Given that we have three spectrometers with complimentary wavelength ranges, three cameras with complimentary focal lengths (one of which can observe with broad-band color), and a laser altimeter, what are the best quick analysis methods of the data from our instrument suite? 

Tues., Dec. 6, 2016
CNS 206B @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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Please join us for an overview of the 2016 Physics Quadrennial Congress, following with a poster session session of those who presented research at the conference.

Tues., Nov. 29, 2016
CNS 206B @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the department assistant at jackerman@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

 

Friday December 2:

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory, Friday, December 2 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To attend a Public Night
Wait at the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down.  Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted.  For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan - It is a-GO for TONIGHT!!
The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 pm on the scheduled date.  Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening.  So if you check our website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 pm you will get the final decision for that evening.

Visit Our Website
/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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Friday, November 11:

You are invited to join the Ithaca College Department of Physics & Astronomy for a Public Viewing of the night sky at the Clinton B. Ford Observatory on Friday, November 11 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

To attend a Public Night
Wait at the vehicle 'turn around' in front of the entrances of Smiddy Hall and CHS (F lot side).  A shuttle van will make regular runs to convey people up to the observatory and back down.  Please note that there is NO parking available up at the observatory and that the access road is NOT lighted.  For your own safety, please do not walk up.

Bad Weather Plan 
The "go/no-go" decision for any public night will be made at 3:30 pm on the scheduled date.  Our web page and the recorded message at the observatory will be updated shortly thereafter to reflect the decision for that evening.  So if you check our website or call the observatory at 607-274-3012 after 4:00 pm you will get the final decision for that evening.

Visit Our Website
/hs/depts/physics/clintonbford/openhouses/


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TUES, Oct. 25:

Majors in the Department of Physics & Astronomy give talks on their summer research.

Adam Rabayda:

Interstellar Travel and Special Relativity

Joseph Quinn:

3-D modeling of Proto-planetary Disks

Alexander Gable:

Flat Fielding in Photometry

Tues., Oct. 25, 2016
CNS 204 @ 12:10 p.m.

Pizza and Refreshments will be available for $1.
Please bring your own cup.
Remember to Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.


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Tuesday, October 18:

Come to an Impromptu Meeting to brainstorm the next steps about the Outdoor Observatory! (Naming contest!)

Speaker: Luke Keller, talking about the Uranidrome.

Meanwhile, Bruce Thompson is working on getting the google sketchup files for our 3D printers!

Tuesday 18 October
12:10pm to 1:00pm
CNS 208

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the department assistant at jackerman@ithaca.edu . We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.


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