David H. Levy is an astronomer, science writer and discoverer of comets and minor planets, who co-discovered Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 in 1993, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994. His talk was entitled “Talk, Text & Tunes: A Nightwatchman’s Journey.”
Marc Rayman joined JPL in 1986 where he enjoyed a career highlight with Deep Space 1, which accomplished a spectacular encounter with Comet 19P/Borrelly in 2001. Deep Space 1 gave us the first close up photos of a comet’s nucleus. He is currently mission director and chief engineer of Dawn, which has orbited both inner solar system objects, Vesta and Ceres. Dr. Rayman is very active in public education and outreach programs.
Other noted speakers included: Tim Parker, JPL; Wally Pacholka, night sky photographer; Tim Thompson, JPL; Tim Robertson, JPL; and many others. We are anticipating another exciting speaker list for 2019, so stand by!
Welcome to our 50th RTMC! Our engaging speakers will talk on a variety of subjects. If you are a beginner, we have programs with our Beginner’s Corner. Around the camp you will enjoy solar observations during the day and an awesome star party at night featuring large telescopes under mostly moonless skies. Of course, our vendors will tantalize you with their incredible products. So come and be part of the RTMC tradition and experience the sky with friends.