Here you can view our past meetings and their recordings for Summer 2020 to Spring 2021.
Thursday, January 14th: 7:00pm Deadlines and REU’s with David Zach
For our first meeting of the semester, we welcome David Zach, Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisor, to share upcoming deadlines and REU information. There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have.
Thursday, January 21st: 7:00pm Spring Symposium
This week we will have short presentations from our members and officers on interesting astronomy topics. If you want to present yourself, just add your name to this form.
Thursday, January 28th: 7:00pm Debating the End of the Universe
At this meeting, we welcome a special guest, Harrison Blake, as he presents on the End of the Universe. There will be a group discussion afterward.
Thursday, February 4th: 7:00pm Game Night
The executive board will be introducing new committees and discuss the upcoming election. We will then break off into groups to play games such as chess, among us, Jackbox, etc.
Thursday, February 11th: 7:00pm The Last Stargazers with Emily Levesque
This week, we welcome astronomer Emily Levesque to discuss her newest book The Last Stargazers, and take questions on her Colloquium talk.
Thursday, February 18th: 7:00pm Perseverance and Social Hour
Join us this week as we watch the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars and then have a social hour to chat, play games, relax, and even work on homework.
Thursday, February 25th: 7:00pm Elections
At this meeting, we will be conducting our annual elections. You can apply for a position here.
Thursday, March 4th: 7:00pm Spaace Policy Discussion with Dr. Horack
We will be welcoming Dr. Horack, the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy, to help lead a discussion on the US and the world’s plans in space, answer questions, and more! We hope to see you there
Thursday, March 11th: 7:00pm Guest Speaker Dr. Amy Sardone
Dr. Amy Sardone, NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, will be joining us for a presentation on nearby galaxies.
Thursday, March 18th: 7:00pm Astro Society Food Reviews
From pickle pizza to peanut butter burgers, we are going to spend this meeting reviewing weird food combos. Feel free to come with your own weird food recommendations or criticism to the discussion. Afterward, we will attend the OSAA Public Lecture, “Monsters in the Cosmos: The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.”
Tuesday, March 23rd: 6:00pm SPS (Society of Physics Students) Meeting
This week we will be having a special joint meeting with SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma. SPS will be hosting Prof. Chris Hammel, who will be talking about the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) at the OSU Physics Department.
Thursday, April 8th: 7:00pm Guest Speaker Caroline Juang
We will welcome Caroline Juang, a Ph.D. student at Columbia University. They will speak on their past work in NASA citizen science landslide research.
Thursday, April 15th: 7:00pm Senior Night
At this meeting, some of our upperclassman members will share a bit about their experience in research and college in general.
Thursday, April 22th: 7:00pm Green Bank Birthday Celebration
We have a special meeting this week, as we will be joining in on the Green Bank Birthday Celebration and learning about the future of the GBT.
As of now, all fall meetings will be done over Zoom or a similar platform. If you miss a meeting, they will be posted under the “weekly meetings” tab and on our YouTube page.
Thursday, August 27th: 7:00pm Welcome Meeting and “Meet the Officers”
The executive board will introduce themselves, and share information about the club. Plans for the upcoming term will also be discussed, with the opportunity for new and returning members to share ideas for meetings. At the end of the meeting, there will be an astronomy trivia game!
Thursday, September 3rd: 7:00pm Planetarium Information and Resources!
We will be having a discussion about OSU’s Arne Slettebak Planetarium. Although the planetarium is currently not open at full capacity, we will talk about ways that you can get involved, even as a non-astronomy or physics major! We also plan to discuss some resources that can be used for observational astronomy. We hope that you will join us!
Thursday, September 10th: 7:00pm “Scholarship and Intern Opportunities” featuring Anna Voelker
Outreach Coordinator, Anna Voelker, for the Astronomy Department at Ohio State will be talking about some scholarship, research, and internship opportunities available to students!
Thursday, September 10th: 7:00pm “Astrophotography” with the PES and Griffin Gillespie
The Astronomical Society will be collaborating with the Photography Enthusiast Society to learn about astrophotography! Both clubs will introduce themselves and we’ll present some basic stargazing tips. PES’s guest speaker, Griffin Gillespie, will then dive into astrophotography basics.
Thursday, September 17th: 7:00pm “The Eye at Night” featuring Brad Hoehne
The Astronomical Society will be welcoming Brad Hoehne. Brad is the current designer and director of the John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP) in Hocking Hills State Park. He will be sharing information on the function of the human eye, and how it pertains to Astronomy. He will also talk about several aspects of JGAP. We hope to see all of you there, virtually!
Thursday, October 1st: 7:00pm “Cosmic Horizons” featuring Chuck Allen
Chuck Allen, Vice-President of the 18,000-member Astronomical League, will be joining the Astronomical Society for a presentation on Cosmic Horizons. Cosmic Horizons explores the limits of human visibility imposed by planetary curvature, photon sensitivity of the human eye, and the speed of light in an expanding universe.
Thursday, October 8th: 7:00pm Halloween Movie Night
For this meeting, we will be having a Halloween movie night! It’s a nice way to relax with friends during the midterm season. The movie will be announced in our weekly email.
Thursday, October 15th: 7:00pm Constitution Discussion
This meeting will be covering the Astro Society Constitution. The eBoard will be discussing changes for the constitution and will open the floor for suggestions of other changes.
Thursday, October 22nd: 7:00pm “Astronomy Talk” with Todd Thompson and David Zach
At this meeting, we welcome Astronomy Undergraduate Academic Advisor David Zach and Astronomy Department Interim Chair, Dr. Todd Thompson. David Zach & Wayne Schlingman will discuss Pass/No Pass procedures for classes and survival skills for the end of the semester. Dr. Thompson will introduce himself and discuss how to reach out to him and the department for support and resources.
Thursday, October 29th: 7:00pm “Sonification” with Locke Patton
For this spooky meeting, we welcome Harvard University Astrophysics Graduate Student Locke Patton. Locke has helped develop sonification techniques of light curves to bring ‘sound’ to different objects in the universe, like supernovae, for the citizen science project TransientZoo.
Thursday, November 5th: 7:00pm “Exoplanets” with Romy Rodriguez Martinez & Anusha Pai
For this meeting, we welcome Romy Rodriguez Martinez and Anusha Pai, Ohio State University graduate students researching exoplanets! Romy and Anusha will discuss their current research on exoplanets.
Thursday, November 12th: 7:00pm “Astronomy Talk” with Fraser Cain
For this meeting, we welcome Fraser Cain, publisher of Universe Today, content creator for his YouTube channel Fraser Cain, and co-host of Astronomy Cast and Weekly Space Hangout. We’ll be having an open discussion with him about ANYTHING astronomy!
Thursday, November 19th: 7:00pm “Exoplanets (TRAPPIST-1)” with Eric Agol
At this meeting we welcome Dr. Eric Agol, Astronomy Professor at the University of Washington, to discuss his research on Exoplanets. More specifically Earth-sized transiting exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.
Bi-weekly Summer Meetings
Thursday, July 16th: 7:00 pm “What to Look for in the Night Sky“
Members of the Astro Society executive board, along with SEDS leader Melissa Mikalsen, will be giving short presentations about different astronomy topics.
Thursday, August 13th: 7:00 pm “The Perseids“
Austin Hill, Astro Society Treasurer, presents the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower. The executive board also discusses the upcoming year.