August 19, 2020 Minutes

At the request of the President, Jim Baker convened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, hosted by Jim Eagle.  At its peak, 11 members attended.  Introductions included a couple who had recently joined the Stargazers, are moving to Santa Fe, and logged onto the meeting from their current home in Bellevue, Washington.

The presentation was a “show-and-tell” by all members in attendance, each of us in turn showing a personal favorite image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).  Approximately 20 HST photos were displayed on our computer monitors over the course of the evening.  Although galaxies predominated in the selections, it was noted that there were no redundancies and a good variety, including a photo and stories of the last service mission to the satellite in the waning days of the Space Shuttle program.  (The variety may have been fostered by the prohibition on choosing either “The Pillars of Creation” or the “Hubble Ultra Deep Field” photographs.  Sam Finn displayed two crowd-pleasers: the Whale and Sombrero Galaxies.  In several instances, attendees remarked that some photos were aesthetically pleasing works of art regardless of their scientific importance.

The members dispensed with a business meeting and adjourned shortly after 8:30 p.m.

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