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September 1999

No More Solar Eclipses? Come Learn When and Why at the September Meeting

by George Best
September Meeting

Guillermo Gonzales

Department of Astronomy
University of Washington

Wednesday, September 15
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.

On August 11 the last total eclipse of this century occurred. Those who went to eastern Europe or Turkey had a good view. It rained in Germany. And it was hazy or cloudy in most of England.

At the September meeting of the Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS), Guillermo Gonzales, an astronomer at the University of Washington, will discuss eclipses. Usually, when we talk about eclipses, we talk about the corona or solar prominences. We completely miss the fact that the moon is gradually getting farther and farther way from the earth. One of these days, in the far distant future, there will no longer be total eclipses on Earth. Gonzales has written a paper on this, and this will be the subject of his talk in September.

He has studied two archeological sites extensively—one on Bainbridge Island and the other near Susanville, California. He has spoken to many groups about his studies. John is an expert in the field of how Native Americans practiced astronomy.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, in room A102 of the Physics/Astronomy building on the University of Washington campus.

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