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Beginning with the January 13th, 2015 meeting -
AAAP monthly meetings will be held at Bowen Hall (near Engineering Quad).
Meetings will commence at   7:30 P.M.

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Enthusiasm for observational astronomy, curiosity about cosmology, achievements with CCD imaging and technology. These and all other aspects of astronomy are interests shared by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton. The club is based in Princeton, (Mercer County) New Jersey.

This organization of 100 + promotes astronomy-related activities for members and non-members, novice to expert.  A wide spectrum of astronomy interests are explored at the AAAP through regular meetings, workshops, use of the two club observatories, public outreach and regional star parties.

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Princeton astronomer Andy Goulding: Connecting Dark Matter Halos with the Galaxy Center and the Super Massive Black Hole.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m - Bowen Hall, Princeton University

The AAAP welcomes Princeton University observational astrophysicist Andy Goulding as its March 10th guest speaker. Dr. Goulding graduated from the University of Durham (UK) with a MSc in Theoretical Physics in 2007, and in 2010, completed his doctoral dissertation at the UK Institute for Computational Cosmology on the identification of the full population of active galactic nuclei in the nearby Universe. Goulding moved to the US to take a position as a Smithsonian research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston, and moved to Princeton University in 2014 as a research associate in the department of astrophysical sciences.

Andy's research is concentrated around the understanding of the physical mechanisms by which all supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies grow, and the investigation of the interplay between black hole growth, in the form of Active Galactic Nuclei, and the properties of their host galaxies. Using some of the largest and sophisticated telescopes ever constructed, he studies how known observational and theoretical relations between black holes and their galaxies become established: Are black holes hidden from our view by the same material that causes them to grow? If so, how did this fuel arrive at the black hole, and what is its geometric configuration - does the geometry affect the rate at which the black hole grows? What was the trigger for the growth of the black hole; does dark matter have a role to play in this; and are growing black holes preferentially found in particular galaxies?

In his spare time, Andy enjoys family life with his wife and baby boy. He is also somewhat of a sports enthusiast - as a long-distance and endurance runner, and a triathlete. Don't miss this exciting presentation describing some of the more cutting edge, dynamic research occuring in the current astrophysics community. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Bowen Hall.


Bowen Hall is the location of the 2015 - 2016 AAAP monthly meetings.
Bowen Hall is located on Prospect Avenue next to North Garage within the Engineering Quadrangle complex on the Princeton University campus.  
Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month
and begin promptly at 7:30 PM in the lecture hall.