TAAS General Meeting -
Saturday, December 2nd - 7:00pm
Science and Math Learning Center-UNM Campus -
Free and open to the public
"SoS: Surveillance of Space" - Dr. John McGraw
Following our short Society meeting, we are honored to have Dr. John McGraw address the assembly of members and visitors on "SoS: Surveillance of Space", the monitoring of Earth Orbital Space. Here are Dr. McGraw's own words on his presentation:
We will discuss Earth Orbital Space (EOS) as a domain of Earth equivalent to land, sea and air. Human activity in this domain is rapidly becoming simultaneously more important to humans, and more hazardous to accomplish. Key to safe and sane use of EOS is surveillance of burgeoning activity, including launch and orbital insertion of new satellites, safekeeping of operating satellites, and tracking of space debris.
Once thought to require sophisticated, large telescopes, we describe the advantages of accomplishing SoS with commercial telescopes and detectors used by amateur astronomers. By reviewing the fundamental operation of your telescopes and detectors, we evaluate SoS capabilities that you might explore. We’ll also discuss satellites in weird orbits and how to observe them. Several scenarios for contributions by amateur observers to SoS have been considered, and we’ll discuss them, as well.
See below for bio and map