The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS) showed a large, diverse crowd of conference attendees what astronomers see, an alternative technique for seeing it and then Alan Hale caught us up on what's been happening in his personal and professional life in the 10 years since Hale-Bopp to launch the Space Engineering and Science Institute's 2007 edition of its International Conference and Exposition on Science, Engineering and Habitation in Space.
TAAS's Bruce Levin showed why amateur astronomers go to great trouble and expense to practice their hobby/profession by taking us billions of light years into space via a series of photos from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. Next, Dale Murray, another TAAS member explained the ins and outs and whys and wherefores of backyard astronomy with binoculars.
The evening ended with audience and TAAS members gathering behind the hotel for some stargazing with the kind assistance of several TAAS members like local mechanic Ric Thiem who brought the giant scope seen at the left that provided gorgeous views of the moon like the one seen below.
More pictures from the conference kick-off are available at my Picassa web gallery.
Labels: Space elevator, Space Exploration