Next Meeting: August 3  (SPECIAL GUEST!)
Saturday, August 3 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

We welcome special guest Dr. Christopher Groppi, an experimental astrophysicist from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. 

Dr. Groppi will talk about some past, present and future projects to do astrophysics with balloon borne telescopes flown in the stratosphere from Antarctica. For advance learning, check out the NASA Balloon Project Office webpage .

This meeting is open to the public; bring anyone interested in joining us!
Upcoming Meetings: September 7 and October 5

We'd like members to share short learning presentations with the group. 

Looking for 15 minutes on any topic of interest and 10 minutes demonstrating ways to communicate astronomy to the public! 
Celebrating Apollo 11
What a great time with new friends talking about an event 50 years past! Saturday evening's event was a tremendous opportunity for learning and sharing and expanding our circle. Special thanks to Alex and Will for great talks; you really had people engaged and having fun! Huge gratitude to Tom for bringing your scope and as always giving folks those 'oh wow' moments! Glen and Jeannie were pretty much everywhere all night, with kids activities, photo taking, getting ODSI ready and 'talking SMAC'! Gordon as 'Arizona Star Tales' did a great main event people raved about! Then Gordon as club volunteer, managed ODSI as well as the crowd, optimizing the stargazing experience! 

You all are super special to want to share with the community like you did.


A Review of the Grand Canyon Star Party
By Will Kalif, Astronomy Club Secretary
When I travel somewhere, I usually say something like, "I stayed there one week." 

Or, "I stayed there five days." 

But in the case of my most recent trip, I am going to say that I stayed there five nights! 

That's because it was the nights that were important...
Public Outreach Opportunities
Email Lisa if you'd be willing to help with ODSI or astronomy education activities at our next public events:
  • Saturday, August 10, 5:30 - 9 p.m. - Summer Nights at South Mountain, including ODSI demonstration
  • Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Meals For Mars
Dr. Sian Proctor, a NASA analog astronaut and SMAC member, will offer a public talk on living and cooking in a simulated Mars mission. Her cookbook beautifully demonstrates her love for creativity and food, and reflects on addressing food sustainability here on Earth.
Other Ways to Help With SMAC
  • Recruit others who have that curiosity and wonderment that makes our club special!
  • Take on an open Steering Committee position. Email Lisa to learn more.
  • Know a potential SMAC Sponsor? There are benefits for businesses and organizations who'd like to participate. Let's talk!
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