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November 2001

Preserving Our Dark Sky Heritage

By Mary Ingersoll
November Meeting

Bruce Weertman
Dark Skies Northwest
University of Washington
Wednesday, November 14
7:30 p.m.

A-102 Physics-Astronomy Bldg.
University of Washington

Come early at 7 p.m. to visit with your fellow members.

Bring your slides for after the program.

OUR speaker for this month’s meeting is Bruce Weertman, head of the Northwest regional chapter of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). Bruce will discuss light pollution and the efforts being made to protect the night sky in the Pacific Northwest.

Bruce has space in his blood-his uncle, Ed Mitchell, flew to the moon on Apollo 14. Bruce was 14 when his dad signed him up for a telescope making class at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. On a summer vacation in Arizona, he discovered a comet with his scope while searching for M51. The excitement of being one of the first to spot the new comet is still with him today. Bruce received his BS from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington’s (UW) geophysics department. He has traveled to Antarctica five times to study glaciers. Currently, he is a computer programmer at the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology’s Data Management Center at the UW, which has the world’s largest store of earthquake data. His primary job, however, is being Dad to his two sons (ages 7 and 9).

Bruce has been involved with the International Dark-Sky Association since 1999 and this fall became a Project ASTRO Volunteer.

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