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Beginning with the January 13th, 2015 meeting -
AAAP monthly meetings will be held at Bowen Hall (near Engineering Quad).
Meetings will commence at   7:30 P.M.

Enthusiasm for observational astronomy, curiosity about cosmology, achievements with CCD imaging and technology. These and all other aspects of astronomy are interests shared by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton. The club is based in Princeton, (Mercer County) New Jersey.

This organization of 100 + promotes astronomy-related activities for members and non-members, novice to expert.  A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional star parties.

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Dr. Tim Morton presents: The Astonishing Diversity of Planetary Systems
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m - Bowen Hall, Princeton University

Come join the next AAAP meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Bowen Hall: (see Princeton campus maps for building and parking locations). Tim Morton, a research member of the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences, will present a talk titled:  The Astonishing Diversity of Planetary Systems.   Prior to the meeting - you are invited to meet Dr. Morton at our guest dinner held at Winberie's Restaurant, Palmer Square, Princeton. The dinner is 6:00 p.m. sharp. Please RSVP to S. Prasad Ganti if you plan to attend the dinner.

Tim is an Associate Research Scholar in the Astrophysics Department at Princeton University, studying the diversity of exoplanetary systems He studies how to use varied sorts of observational data to broaden our understanding of how planetary systems form and evolve. Dr. Morton completed his Ph.D. at Caltech in 2013, as John Johnson's first graduate student. One of the focuses of his research has been to develop a procedure to determine the probability that a transiting planet candidate is indeed a real planet (rather than an astrophysical false positive), and applying this to candidates discovered by the Kepler mission. Results from an early version of these calculations suggested that the overall Kepler false positive probability is low, a discovery that has since been independently confirmed by several different groups. The knowledge of this low false positive rate enables confidence in statistical studies using Kepler catalogs that assume transit candidates are bona fide planets. In addition to his research, teaching, and mentoring, Tim is also an active musician and have various other interests.

Don't miss this exciting presentation describing some of the more cutting edge, dynamic research occuring in the current astrophysics community. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Bowen Hall. The pre-meeting dinner is 6:00 p.m. at Winberie's Restaurant.


Bowen Hall is the location of the 2015 - 2016 AAAP monthly meetings.
Bowen Hall is located on Prospect Avenue next to North Garage within the Engineering Quadrangle complex on the Princeton University campus.  
Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month
and begin promptly at 7:30 PM in the lecture hall.