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RAS Regular Monthly & Board Meetings

Next Meeting: August 8th

Please see the special note below regarding RAS meetings during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic!


Next Monthly Meeting Details

Allison Strom Allison Strom, Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow

Featured Presentation

The DNA of Galaxies

By Allison Strom, Postdoctoral Fellow

Like people, each of the billions of galaxies in the universe developed its own unique traits over a complicated lifetime. Until recently, astronomers have only been able to study galaxies closest to the Milky Way in detail, leaving much of the universe's history a mystery. Dr. Strom will show how astronomers are now using the world's largest telescopes to determine the chemical DNA of even very distant galaxies, and how this information is answering key questions about how galaxies like our own formed and evolved.

Allison Strom is a Carnegie-Princeton postdoctoral fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, California. She received a PhD in astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology in 2017, a MPhil in astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and a BS in physics and astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2010. One of the primary goals of her research is to understand the origin of mature galaxies like our own Milky Way, which has been a longstanding open question in astronomy. Throughout her career, Allison has used some of the world's largest telescopes to address this issue, leveraging their enormous technological power to observe "adolescent" galaxies in the very distant universe.

What's Up?!




The meeting descriptions and location details below do not apply during the COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions. Meetings are being held virtually via WebEx for the time being. Details on how to join will be emailed to all members during the week prior to the Saturday meeting.

RAS Monthly Meetings are held at La Sierra University in Riverside. They are open to anyone who wants to attend, free of charge. There's a "Beginner's Corner" presentation that begins 30 minutes before the general meeting. During the meeting, we'll discuss some club business, have a "What's Up?" presentation (usually given by a club member), and a guest speaker will give us a presentation of astronomical interest. In addition, we'll enjoy some light snacks and wrap up with door prizes!

RAS Board Meetings are held once per quarter. They are held the same day as the regular monthly meeting, but only every 3rd month (roughly). The Board meets to discuss club business, plan events, outline expenditures and address any issues facing the club. Club members are encouraged to attend—it's your chance to weigh in on the club's activities and how it operates!

Locations & Times

Board Meetings (quarterly) & Pre-Meeting Dinners
Mimi's Cafe
2230 Griffin Way, Corona | (951) 734-2073 | Map
Quarterly Board Meeting: 3:00-5:00PM (when applicable; all members are welcome)
Pre-Meeting Dinner: 5:00PM (all are welcome)

General Meetings & Beginner's Corner
La Sierra University | E. E. Cossentine Hall | Map | Finding Cossentine Hall
Beginner's Corner at 6:30PM
General Meeting at 7:00PM
The public is welcome to attend—and it's free!