San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA) sponsors speakers on a wide range of astronomy topics on the third Wednesday of every month at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center. The Program meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Each attendee receives one free door prize ticket. After announcements and a small amount of business, the audience is treated to the featured presentation. At the close of the meeting the door prizes are presented.  The event is open to the public. The Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center is at One Fr. Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego CA 92119.  Call the park at 619-668-3281 for more information or visit

Please contact Mike Chasin if you have an questions, comments, or ideas for the Program Meetings.

June 21, 2017

Speakers: Dr.Stella Kafka

Topic: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope     

SDAA Speaker

The speaker for June is Dr Stella Kafka. She is the incoming director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). She received a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Indiana with a double minor in Physics and Geoplysical Sciences. After completing her Ph.D., Stella held a series of prestigious postdoctoral positions and fellowships, first at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile (CTIO, where she received the National Optical Astronomy Observatory Excellence Award), then at Caltech, and finally as a NASA Astrobiology Institute Fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. She has extensive experience gathering, reducing, and analyzing photometric and spectroscopic data; has helped commission two different instruments at the WIYN Observatory in Arizona; and written a data-reduction manual along with more than 40 refereed papers. She is a member of the “Stellar Populations” working group for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST, the large professional facility that will image the whole sky every few nights starting around 2020).

Upcoming SDAA Program Meetings
January No general meeting - annual banquet on February 11, 2017
February 15 R. Lee Hamm: The Cleveland National Forest and how the National Forest can better meet SDAA’s needs as a user
March 15 Tim Thompson, LA Astronomical Society, JPL, Mt Wilson docent: Mt Wilson Observatory
April 19 Joint meeting with the International Dark Sky Association
May 17 Steve Murray: Novel Neighbors – searching for life on planetary moons
June 21 Dr.Stella Kafka: the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
July 19 Alex Tardy, NOAA/National Weather Service: How to use NWS Forecasts
August 16 Eclipse Photo Tips
September 20 TBD
October 18 TBD
November 15 Gadget night