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NOVEMBER 16, 2018 - General Membership Meeting at 8:00 PM
will be at this location:

New Franklin City Hall
5611 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319

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Please note that we ALWAYS encourage the public to attend ANY of our events, including meetings.
Come and enjoy the lecture and talk to us about astronomy!

We've moved this month's meeting to the third Friday to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

8:00 PM - Call to order and introduction of tonight's program:


Professor Stacy McGaugh
Chair, Department of Astronomy
Director, Warner & Swasey Observatory
Case Western Reserve University


Divining the Difference between the Dark and the Light



There is ample evidence for missing mass in our universe: dark matter whose gravity is felt but which goes unseen. Despite decades of searches for well-motivated particle dark matter candidates, laboratory searches have repeatedly come up empty: the missing mass is absent without leave. I will discuss the astronomical evidence that establishes the missing mass problem, and how some of it points to a different interpretation: that we may not understand gravitation as well as we would like to think.



Professor Stacy McGaugh is an astronomer who studies galaxies, dark matter, and theories of modified gravity. He is an expert on low surface brightness galaxies, a class of objects in which the stars are spread thin compared to bright galaxies like our own Milky Way. He demonstrated that these dim galaxies appear to be dark matter dominated, providing unique tests of theories of galaxy formation and modified gravity.

McGaugh studied at MIT, Princeton, and the University of Michigan. He is a distinguished alumnus of both Flint (MI) Northern High School and the Astronomy department of the University of Michigan. McGaugh was a research fellow at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and Rutgers before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1998. In 2012, he moved to Case Western Reserve University where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Director of the Warner and Swasey Observatory.

9:00 PM - Brief coffee-break / discussion time
9:15 PM - Business meeting to be called to order and will include the following:

Meeting Agenda in a Microsoft WORD file


Meeting Agenda in a PDF file

  ●  Treasurer's Report
  ●  Observatory Director's Report
  ●  Calls for observations
  ●  New Business
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