December 2013 GENERAL MEETING
OF THE CHICAGO ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
Evening, December 13th, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at the ADLER PLANETARIUM
The Drake Equation in Reverse - Revisited
By Dan Joyce of
Cernan Earth & Space Center
Radio astronomer Frank Drake, founder of SETI, first proposed his
famous equation in the 1960s as a way of estimating the number of alien
civilizations that might be present in our galaxy. Mr. Joyce will deconstruct
the equation and in the process give us his unique and entertaining
interpretation. Mr. Joyce previously spoke on this topic at the June 2007 CAS
meeting. Come and hear if he has revised his thoughts on the Drake Equation
based on the number of exoplanets found in the intervening years. Are we alone
in the galaxy, or is E.T. just a short warp speed star hop away? Come to the
December meeting and hear Mr. Joyce’s thoughts and participate in what will
surely be a lively and interesting discussion.
Joyce is a longtime CAS member and one of the founders of Astrofest. He
currently serves as President of the Chicago Astronomical Society and has
previously held many posts within the CAS including President, Secretary, and
Director to name a few. Mr. Joyce in addition to his duties at Cernan is also a
well known and respected telescope maker, and teaches telescope and mirror
making to those that have caught the amateur telescope making bug.
join us for what promises to be a very interesting presentation at the Adler
Planetarium on December 13th at 7:00pm. Enter at the south entrance. To enter
the Museum Campus, you must exit Lake Shore Drive at 18th street and follow the
winding road around Soldier Field to the Planetarium. Street parking is
available. Parking rates are $2.00 per hour, payable at the parking kiosks. The
parking lot may also be open, but usually costs $16.
Or use the CTA. Red, Green and Orange Rapid Transit Trains
cross Roosevelt Road (12th Street.) Now only the #146 Bus goes to the Adler
Planetarium. Instead of turning on Balbo, southbound #146 service will remain on
State until Roosevelt and will then make a stop at the Red, Green and Orange
line station before continuing on to the Museum Campus. This will replace
service previously provided by #12 Roosevelt buses.
Corinne Jembrzycki, Vice President / Program Chairperson
NEXT SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING:
The December Board meeting will be held at
on Archer Avenue following the General meeting.
to see photos from the December 2010 meeting