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Astronomy on Tap with Brian Kloppenborg on "Citizen Science, Variable Stars, and the AAVSO"

Friday, October 20, 2023 | 7:30 PM

McDonnel Hall, 162
McDonnell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Citizen Science is the direct participation by the general public in scientific research. That is typically done by private citizens, using data and images supplied by professional scientists, to join in the research using home computers. Variable stars are stars whose brightness fluctuates, whether in regular or irregular patterns. The AAVSO is an international organization, founded in 1911, of both professional and amateur astronomers interested in variable stars. In this talk, Kloppenborg will provide a brief overview of citizen science and a review of the different astronomy-related citizen science programs now seeking volunteers. He will also discuss how the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) can show new volunteers how to get involved.

Brian Kloppenborg is an astrophysicist and entrepreneur. He is presently the Executive Director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). Prior to joining the AAVSO, Brian worked as a Research Scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute. He also ran a small business that provided data science, machine learning, and GPU accelerated computing services. Brian's research interests include photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry, and long-baseline optical interferometry of eclipsing binaries, novae, and young stellar objects. His work has been published in professional journals such as Nature, the Astrophysical Journal and JAAVSO.

The St. Louis Astronomical Society is an organization for individuals interested in astronomy and telescopes. The public is invited to attend its meetings, telescope observing sessions, and special events. For more information about Astronomical Society events, please visit www.slasonline.org.

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Brian Kloppenborg, American Association of Variable Star Observers, will be featured at the October meeting of the Saint Louis Astronomical Society.

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