63rd RAC Annual Dinner
March 9th, 2024
Special Guest Lecturer:
Steven Bellavia
Vera Rubin Telescope & LuSEE
at Night Lunar Radio Telescope

Brookhaven National Laboratory continues to be at the forefront of astronomical and cosmological research. Two of the most recent projects are the camera for the Vera Rubin Telescope (formerly called LSST) and the LuSEE at Night lunar radio telescope.

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory, which uses the largest and most sophisticated astronomy camera ever built, will conduct a 10-year Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) to answer some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it.

The Lunar Surface Electromagnetic Explorer at Night (LuSEE-Night), a NASA/DOE collaboration, is a path-finder mission to land a radio telescope on the far side of the moon. It will investigate the feasibility of detecting the very faint radio waves emitted during the Dark Ages, a previously unobserved era in cosmic history holding clues to the origin and evolution of our Universe.

About the Speaker

Steven Bellavia, Principal Mechanical Engineer,
Brookhaven National Laboratory; Amateur Astronomer & Telescope Maker; Assistant Adjunct Professor of Astronomy & Physics at Suffolk County Community College
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Event Schedule

7 pm – Hors d’oeuvres/Cash Bar
8 pm – Buffet Dinner with Four
    Premium Meal Selections
9 pm – Door Prizes & Lecture begins,
    Coffee & Dessert

Teens Welcome!

• Sorry – No children under age 12
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Member & Non-Member Event
Tickets $47.95 RAC Members
  $57.95 Non-Members (Join & Save)
  (Kids under 12 yrs. not allowed)
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Location Patriot Lounge
  19 Club House Lane
  Stony Point, NY 10980
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Hours Saturday, 7:00 – 10:30 pm