Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton.
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is pleased to announce that our monthly lectures will continue on Oct. 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. with a lecture by internationally renowned astrophysicist Dr. Rashid Sunyaev entitled “Unavoidable Cosmic Microwave Background - Spectral Features and Blackbody Photosphere of our Universe.”
The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in 10 McCosh Hall on the Princeton University Campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Ample free parking is available across the street from Peyton Hall.
Dr. Sunyaev is director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, one of the leading institutions in the world for theoretical astrophysics research, and a member of the Russian Academy of Science.
Dr. Sunyaev and Yakov B. Zel'dovich of the Moscow Institute of Applied Mathematics developed the theory for the evolution of density fluctuations in the early universe. They predicted the pattern of acoustic fluctuations that have been seen in the microwave sky and in the large-scale distribution of galaxies. They proposed what is known as the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, which is due to electrons associated with gas in galaxy clusters scattering the cosmic microwave background radiation.
In addition, he has worked on a model of accretion on to black holes, and important studies of the early universe. He is a winner of the Heineman Prize (2003) and the Crafoord Prize (2008).
Future lectures will be on the second Tuesday of each month: Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9 and May14. Speakers and topics will be announced when confirmed.
In November, AAAP will be celebrating our 50th anniversary with a dinner in lieu of our regular meeting.
Every Friday from April to October, AAAP hosts public observing at our observatory in Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville, from 8 to 11 p.m., weather permitting. The remaining dates for 2012 are Oct. 12, 19 and 26. More information including directions is on AAAP’s website: www.princetonastronomy.org.
About the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton:
The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton is an organization of over 80 members with interest in all aspects of astronomy and space science. Founded in 1962, the AAAP promotes a wide range of astronomy-related activities including: solar, planetary and deep-sky observing, astrophotography, star parties, lectures and education.
The group owns and operates two observatories in New Jersey at Washington Crossing State Park and Jenny Jump State Park. Members include avid observers, armchair investigators and complete novices. All share a common love of the sky. Complete meeting details and directions are found at the AAAP web site: www.princetonastronomy.org.
Sidereal Times, the association newsletter with information on club activities, is online at princetonastronomy.wordpress.com/. Friend us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amateur-Astronomers-Association-of-Princeton/225112680910838