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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Monday Feb. 27:

Tuesday Feb. 28:

Wednesday Feb. 29:

Thursday Mar. 1:

Friday Mar. 2:

Public Viewing night, Friday, March 2nd, 2012 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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

To attend a Public Night
Just show up 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.

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Monday Feb. 20:

Tuesday Feb. 21:

Physics Spring Seminar - 12:10 in CNS 204

Talk: Flyby Tales: Design and Execution of the New Horizons Pluto Encounter
with Ann Harch, Southwest Research Group 

Design of the New Horizons Pluto Encounter sequence shares many of the challenges faced in the early asteroid flybys by the Galileo and NEAR spacecraft. Optimizing the science return from these encounters requires sifting through a surprising tangle of navigation, instrument and spacecraft constraints.  A major challenge is that ground-based knowledge of the target body position is typically too poor to allow a plan that will guarantee capture of  the highest resolution images possible. Without the benefit of a closed-loop on-board 'auto navigation' capability, the refinement of the pointing to the target body or system  relies on a ground-in-the-loop analysis of images taken by the spacecraft on approach. This is followed by a harrowing 'late-update' process during which the pre-planned sequence pointing is updated days or sometimes hours before the best observing period during closest approach.

This talk will touch first on these early asteroid flybys, but focus primarily on the challenges faced in the Pluto Encounter sequence design. The Pluto problem adds the operational complexity of taking place over 3  billion miles from the Earth, and the fact that there are large unresolved ground-based radial uncertainties in the ephemeris of Pluto because it has only been observed from Earth for a fraction of its 248 year orbit.

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

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Monday Feb. 6:

Tuesday Feb. 7:

Physics Department Spring 2012 Seminar Series

12:10 pm in CNS 204

Luke Keller, Ithaca College Department of Physics, gives a talk called "From Big Bang to Big Rip: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics"

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt, Adam G. Riess

"...for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae". I will describe the relevant astrophysical theories and observations and describe the work that the prize winners did to determine the ultimate fate of our universe. The level of my talk will be for the general public, though I will throw in a few details for the physics students in the room.

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


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