The October 2021 meeting of the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers will be held Friday, October 15. The meeting will be conducted online starting at 7:30 PM (opening up at 7 PM for informal discussions).
Our invited speaker will be John Conrad, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, on "Lucy: The First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids."
"Boldly going where neither man nor robot has gone before, NASA will launch the Lucy spacecraft this October on a 12-year visit to unique bodies left over from the Solar System’s formation. The special role of gravity – ruler of the universe - will be evident:
- first in the Lagrangian Sun-Jupiter ‘trapping’ of these asteroid swarms (the Trojans)
- and then in the shifting orbits and trajectories enabling this visit to 8 different asteroids.
Finally, the nature of these varied targets and what we expect to learn will be covered."
You can find more about the Lucy mission here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/lucy/overview/index
Join us for the meeting via Zoom at:
You can also watch the live-stream on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRDwozx7A_IVC4LBskA8yA/live
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Recordings of our recent Zoom meetings are available on Youtube. I've created a playlist at
A much larger collection of meeting recordings is also available on the DVAA website, once you use your member login: navigate to "Club" in the top menu, and then "Videos" in the drop-down box.