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 will be entitled “Talk, Text & Tunes: A Nightwatchman’s Journey.”
To Boldly Go… Well you know: Nasa’s Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt.
Marc Rayman became interested in astronomy when he was four years old and knew by the age of 10 that he wanted a Ph.D. in physics, although it was a few more years before he earned it. He joined JPL in 1986. One of his career highlights was Deep Space 1, which accomplished a spectacular encounter with Comet 19P/Borrelly in 2001, yielding NASA’s first close-up photos of the nucleus of a comet. He is now both mission director and chief engineer on Dawn which has orbited the two largest uncharted worlds in the inner solar system, protoplanet Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Marc is the recipient of numerous honors. And, he is very active in education and public outreach having received a special JPL award for his creative and engaging work to inform and inspire the public.
Bryan Cogdell is an astro-photographer & telescope expert with 18 years’ experience in the consumer telescope industry. Bryan is currently Product Manager for astronomical telescope products at Meade Instruments. He specializes in “weekend warrior imaging” and is always traveling to the best dark skies. He has given night sky tours & astrophotography talks around the world, and has recently been a featured speaker at the Sequoia National Park Dark Sky Festival and the Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference. Bryan loves sharing his knowledge & enthusiasm with others. You can find some of his work here on stellarscapes.net.
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.