Club Documents, Public Information Handouts and Club Presentations
These documents are presented in Adobe Acrobat
Freeware (.pdf format) and are intended to assist AVAC members or other amateur astronomy societies.
Introduction to Astronomy Class:
Planet Detection" This presentation was written for a
meeting of our astronomy club. I get questions all of the time
regarding how it is possible to know that planets are orbiting another star.
Big Bang Theory, Cutting Edge Cosmology Part I" I wrote this
for presentation at the September AVAC meeting. I have included it in
it's bandwidth-hogging original PowerPoint format so please feel free to
change it, add to it, etc, and put your name on this when presenting it to
your club. (Update - In order to address several of the questions I
got when I did this presentation to the AVAC on September 10, here
is an additional text file that presents several of the points in
Life of Stars" was written for an Elementary School presentation
that had been studying stars. The presentation is in the original
PowerPoint format so you're welcome to change it around to suit your
Download a presentation discussing how astronomers from Ptolemy to Leavitt
determined the structure of our galaxy by the 1920's. AVAC February
2002, "Surveying the
Milky Way." (665K)
Tools", developed September, 2002 for an astronomy class at
Antelope Valley College. An introduction into visual telescope types,
from amateur instruments to the Next Generation Space Telescope. (522K)
Essentials", developed November, 2002, from a great listing from Ben
Balmadge of the Foothills Astronomy Club. This enhanced version
has a lot of graphics and further focused explanations. (490K)
Why are there 24 hours in a day?
Have you ever wondered about this? A guest speaker at our club
meeting asked this of the audience and no one could answer... Here's
For more information on these documents, or if you'd like them in their
native formats, contact me at astro-tom.com.
They were created in Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint.