The monthly meeting for the Birmingham Astronomical Society will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at the Christenberry Planetarium on the Samford University Campus. The meeting starts at 7:00PM.
Our speaker this month will be Dr. Michael Briggs from UAH speaking to us on Gamma Ray Bursts. Click on the Read More link below for a short bio on Dr. Briggs.
Bring your astro goodies you would like to sell/trade as we will again have a Buy/Sell/Trade table set up at the front of the Planetarium.
To get there follow the map link here>>>http://tinyurl.com/28nkmp4<<<< . Dr. Briggs research focuses on gamma-ray bursts, which are probably the most energetic explosions in the Universe. He has been involved with NASA's Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE) since early in his graduate student days, when he helped develop the BATSE Spectroscopy Detectors. Since moving to Alabama shortly after the launch of BATSE and the Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (CGRO), he has focused on data analysis, particularly of the spectra of GRBs. Now that the mission of CGRO has ended, he has resumed working on hardware development as a Co-Investigator for the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) for NASA's GLAST mission. His other research interests include Soft-Gamma Repeaters, gamma-ray instrumentation, and classical statistics and Bayesian inference. History Dr. Briggs has worked for the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) since 1991, first as a NASA Compton GRO Fellow, and currently as a Research Scientist. He is a member of the Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Team of the new National Space Science and Technology Center. The team includes scientists from UAH, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Universities Space Research Association. His graduate work was done at the University of California, San Diego and his undergraduate degree is from Princeton University.