Astronomy Update

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Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck, Ball State University

Presenting the annual astronomy update again this year will be Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Dr. Kaitchuck has been ably handling this popular feature of GLPA conferences for a number of years now. A longtime member of GLPA, Dr. Kaitchuck earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University. He is author or co-author of over 80 scientific publications, two books, and has contributed to Scientific American and the Encyclopedia Britannica. He was the Director of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy Consortium’s observatory in Chile for 4 years. More recently, as longtime Planetarium Director at Ball State University, he planned, designed, and helped secure donations for the new Charles W. Brown Planetarium with a 16 meter dome and a GOTO/RSA Cosmos hybrid star projector.

ABSTRACT: This presentation will review some of the most important and interesting discoveries in astronomy from the previous year. Special attention will be given to topics that appear in the popular press and generate questions from members of planetarium audiences.