2014 Guest Speakers

Peter Ceravolo

Making a 1 Meter Telescope Mirror - The Amateur Way

Peter will describe how he made a telescope mirror that approached the size of his ego. Is it possible for the average amateur telescope maker to make a meter class telescope primary mirror and stay married? YES! Peter will show you how.

Debra Ceravolo

The Color of the Universe and Food

What is the true color of the universe anyway? Is there a way to realize the true color of celestial objects in astrophotography? Debra Ceravolo will describe how here approach to image processing parallels her approach to living. For example; food is a big part of living, the more natural the better.

Alan Dyer

The Great Southern Skies

The best objects in the sky aren’t visible from up north, but only from far southern latitudes. Alan takes us on a tour of the wonders of the southern hemisphere sky, using images and time-lapse movies he has taken on annual trips to Australia and Chile. If you haven't seen the southern Milky Way, you haven't seen the Milky Way! And just because the events are so spectacular, Alan will also include some movies of recent total solar eclipses, including the 2012 eclipse from Australia. This is an astrophoto extravaganza great for the whole family and for non-astronomy spouses, and ends with a musical tribute to the Milky Way.

Shane Larson

PLUTO: Being a Planet in the Age of Discovery

We will revisit the story of Pluto's discovery, explore why the classification of Pluto changed, and why we (both public and scientists) care! Pluto has always been the gateway to a much larger story --- the story of how planets are born and evolve with their parent stars. The demotion of Pluto is just one scene from the much larger debate we are having among ourselves about what it means to be called a "planet," and the story is not over yet! The discovery of other worlds around other stars is once again pushing our understanding of the Cosmos. We are seeing remarkable systems with planets that we can't even begin to explain yet. Understanding all the myriad ways that Nature makes other planetary systems is part of understanding our own solar system, and will eventually lead us back to the question of: what is a planet, and should Pluto be one or not?

Michelle Larson

Citizen Scientists in Astronomy - Past, Present and Future

Citizen scientists have a long history of involvement in astronomy research, and continue to make meaningful contributions to this day.In this presentation we will discuss the century-long engagement of amateur astronomers in variable star observations, as well as the Zooniverse.org effort, which involves over 1 million citizens around the globe in research that could not be done without their help. Finally, we'll preview where citizen science is going in the future by discussing the goals of the Google Global Impact Award that was recently received by the Zooniverse teams at the Adler Planetarium and University of Oxford.

Jack Newton TBA
Gail Conway

"What is time?"

What is the nature of time? It marks off our days with a metronome's pattern, seemingly constant, never varying. But what is it really? How has our understanding of time altered over the course of human history? Early humans tracked the movement of the Sun and developed timekeeping and calendars. More recently, Einstein showed us that time is actually not a rigid construct, but a flexible piece of the fabric of spacetime. Today, quantum mechanics is hinting at an even stranger picture of time which may revolutionize how we understand our universe.


Speaker announcements and schedules will be posted as they are confirmed. Check back to keep up to date. Some programs may change days and/or times. This page will be kept as current as possible. Schedule will be posted on-site at TMSP and in the Event Newsletter.

Each year TMSP has had a great lineup of speakers with a wide array of topics For a sampling of the past fare, see the list of last years speakers as well a prior years listings in the Histories Sections (History section under construction - coming soon. -Ed.)

Again, bring your own chairs if you want to be assured of a place to sit.

TMSP is always accepting papers and programs for presentation on the mountain. If you are interested in providing a talk contact the Speaker Chairman.

David Levy talks to full house in 2006
David Levy addresses the crowd

Two great teachers, Stephen O'Meara (left) and Joe Rottmann in 2005
Steven James O'Meara & Joe Rottman