April 20, 2019
Meet and greet at 7pm; meeting starts at 7:30pm.
56461 180th Street
Ames, IA 50010
Ames Area Amateur Astronomers - The aftermath of a neutron star merger
Saturday, April 20, 2019
The AAAA host monthly educational programs for the public on the 3rd Saturday of each month, except December, starting at 7:00 PM. We congregate at 7 PM for a Meet and Greet with the meeting starting at 7:30. All programs will be held at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park unless noted otherwise in the program for that month. Afterwards, weather and sunset permitting, we will move to the club's Observatory located just East of the Story County Conservation Center for astronomical observing. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for your viewing pleasure.
On August 17th, 2017, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory registered tiny ripples in spacetime, produced by a pair of frantically orbiting neutron stars right before they collided (GW170817). A Gamma Ray Burst was observed at the same time from the same region of the sky. The unprecedented physics, astronomy, and cosmology coming out of these observations will be presented.