2022 January General Meeting
Join us Sunday, January 9th, as our guest, Chuck Allen – Vice President of the Astronomical League provides his lecture and insights on “RECORD SETTERS”, as well, Chuck will provide an update on 2022 and what the Astronomical League has in store for all its members.
The Astronomical League is composed of over two hundred and forty local amateur astronomical societies from all across the United States. These organizations, along with our Members-at-Large, Patrons, and Supporting members form one of the largest amateur astronomical organizations in the world. The Amateur Observers’ Society of New York is a member of The Astronomical League. Our members are adjunct members of The Astronomical League, and participate in many of its events and observing programs.
League Update and Extreme Astronomy
Chuck will provide a brief update on League affairs including its current project to overhaul its Website and transition it to WordPress, its convention plans for 2022, 23, 24, and 25, expansion of Reflector, major bequests received, new award programs, new Observing Programs, and League growth.
His program, Extreme Astronomy, will explore current record holders in astronomy. It will look at telescopes, space travel, planets, moons, exoplanets, mountains, stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters, and black holes in a quest to find the largest, smallest, highest, closest, furthest, hottest, coldest, most massive, brightest, and darkest among many classes of astronomical objects and also the worsts, bests, and firsts among major space-related events.
Chuck Allen is Vice-President of the Astronomical League and served as League President from 1998 to 2002. He founded the National Young Astronomer Award in 1991, received the G. R. Wright Award for service in 1998, holds the League’s Master Outreach Award with over 500 public programs logged, and is a Master Observer-gold. Chuck also coordinates three League Observing Programs and recently co-chaired ALCon ’21 Virtual.
He is a past president of the Louisville Astronomical Society and presently serves as Program Director for the Evansville Astronomical Society. From 1995 to 2002, he served as Lead Judge in earth and space science for the Intel (now Regeneron) International Science and Engineering Fair.
Chuck graduated from Duke University in 1970, served as a U.S. Air Force officer (1970-74), and graduated from law school at the University of Kentucky in 1977. An amateur astronomer since age 7, he has been giving public programs since age 11.