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DCC: Unexplained Astronomical Phenomena 3/28/17

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Something very strange is happening. Is it natural or…something more?

In just the last year researchers have observed stars which persist in avoiding revelation by our bleeding edge instruments and telescopes. Even the august, serious researchers are losing the smiles on their faces. In this presentation, a discussion about a growing number of discoveries by the Kepler space observatory will be covered, such as last year’s confounding KIC 8462852 and, just recently, RIK-210; maybe boring names, but fascinating objects. These samples and a growing number of others may be inspiring researchers to adjust their thinking about some exceedingly strange behavior…out there. Are these new, natural phenomena or something that finally is suggesting we may not be the only intelligent life forms in existence…?Finally, a description of simple methods will be described by which audience members may find their own objects, from the well-known to the more obscure, using accessible internet resources and even participate in searching for some of these strange phenomena.

Claudio Véliz pursues a double profession. He has owned an award-winning architecture firm – Claudio Veliz   Architect   PLLC – since 1986, designing houses, institutional, retail and corporate facilities. Separately, he is co- Founder and current President of SoVerA: The Southern Vermont Astronomy Group, Inc., headquartered in Chester, Vermont. Since his first studies at the University of Florida, he has conducted work on variable stars, lectured and taught at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, Columbia University and, currently, at Keene State College with research teams and to general audiences alike. He is currently working on methods for detecting exoplanets.

 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 07:00

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