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September Hybrid Meeting – 9-23-22

amateria Published on September 18, 2022

Join us on September 23, either at the Ponderosa firehouse or on Zoom, for a couple of great astronomy talks.

Zoom link opens at 6:15
Join Zoom Meeting here:
Meeting ID: 864 2751 8632
Passcode: 130563

First at 6:30 p.m. we have our FYI session which will demonstrate how to get image data from the NASA website and then process it yourself. We will also talk about bit about Jupiter opposition that will happen on September 26.

Next at 7:30 p.m. we have our main speaker, Dr. Mark Matney, with a fascinating presentation on orbital debris.


Mark Matney, PhD, will talk about Orbital Debris. Orbital Debris is a major (and growing) source of hazard to both crewed and robotic spacecraft – especially in low-Earth orbit. NASA is a world leader in understanding and helping mitigate the risk for all users of space – both U.S. and international.


Mark Matney is a planetary scientist and modeling lead for the Orbital Debris Program Office within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. Matney’s work involves all aspects of orbital debris research including measurements, modeling, and mitigation. He received his doctorate in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University.