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 http://www.mtrp.org.

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

October 18, 2017

Speakers: Jerry Hilburn

Topic: Cassini End of Mission Update      

SDAA Speaker

The international Cassini-Huygens spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997 and had a marathon 13-year 2-billion-mile journey to the distant planet Saturn. The 23-foot tall, 14-foot wide, 6-ton spacecraft is the largest most sophisticated outer planet spacecraft ever built, and is in its thirteenth year of
operation in orbit around the planet Saturn. We talk about the mission, its discoveries and look back on the exciting Grand Finale (the last 22 orbits of the mission where the spacecraft has been flying inside the rings – right over Saturn’s cloud tops).  



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 Member's Eclipse Photographs and Their Expeditions to Chase Totality
October 18 Jerry Hilburn: Cassini End of Mission Update
November 15 Gadget night