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Next General Meeting
7:00pm Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
at Adler Planetarium (enter south door)
Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, PhD will give a
lecture titled "In Awe of the Northern Lights"
Yellowknife, NWT is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights. Dr. José Francisco Salgado started visiting Yellowknife in 2014 to photograph auroras for three KV 265 Science & Symphony productions, “The Legend of the Northern Lights” based on a children’s story by Canadian writer Walt Terry, “Borealis / Wondrous Lights” set to on an orchestral work by Canadian composer John Estacio, and “Carol of the Lights” set to music by Ottorino Respighi. Live performances of these works have served as ambassadors for Yellowknife in 12 cities in 4 countries and have reached a combined audience of 130,000 people.Dr. Salgado uses this aurora footage in their school visits and other educational programs as a way to communicate science in engaging ways. Dr Salgado’s passion for this beautiful phenomenon has led him to develop science and photo tours to what has been appropriately called the the Aurora Capital of the World. In this presentation, Dr. Salgado will talk about the nature of the auroras and how he uses digital photography to capture their beauty and inspire audiences. He will share with us his latest stills and newly shot real-time video of the auroras as well as his latest aurora production, “ Wondrous Light”.
About Dr. Salgado:
José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe. From 2006 until 2008 Salgado hosted "Nuestra Galaxia", a weekly astronomy news segment on Univision Chicago (WGBO) for which he received an Emmy nomination. As an experimental photographer, Salgado has visited more than 30 scientific sites in places including the South Pole, the Atacama desert, the French Pyrenees, and the South African Karoo and has contributed visuals to documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels. As a public speaker, he has given presentations about science and art in all seven continents, including a presentation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
After the Meeting:
The moon will be five days past full, and will therefore not rise until later, and there are no bright planets in the sky. Therefore, no telescope viewing.
However, attendees are invited to join us at a meet-greet-eat at Connie’s pizza
(2373 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616)
after the meeting.
Last Month's Meeting
The Nov. 10, 2017 meeting was held at the Adler Planetarium.
Dave Fuller gave an overview of the month's night sky.
Dr. Reed Essick of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
at the University of Chicago gave a fascinating talk about
LIGO and the Kilonova.
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of this and other past meetings & events.
CAS General Meetings are generally held the 2nd Friday each month, usually at the Adler Planetarium,
unless there is a special event at the Museum Campus area. In these cases, we either choose an alternate date or
move the meeting to Cernan Space Center of Triton College or another suitable location.
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beginning at 7:00 p.m.
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605-2403
(enter south doorway education center)
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