by John Miller, Secretary
- This was the first AAAP for the club’s new 2020 – 2021 year. Again, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting was virtual using the Zoom interface. Approximately 60 participants were logged in during the first 15 minutes.
- Director Rex Parker brought the meeting to order about 7:30 P.M. His intro included AAAP membership benefits, a welcome to new members and current sky highlights.
- Assistant Director Larry Kane was not available, due to health, to give an update regarding fund-raising ideas and progress.
- Program Chair Ira Polans introduced Princeton University astrophysicist Adam Burrows. Burrows’ presentation was titled: “Core Collapse-Supernova Theory.”
- Rex emphasized his interest in having the club produce more online videos (tutorials, promotional, etc.). This follows member Rich Sherman’s successful production of member interview presentations.
- Dave and Jennifer Skitt (observatory Co-Chairs) again reviewed the process to reopen the observatory and grounds to AAAP Key-holders and later the general public. Key-holders have already met at the observatory for Covid-safety training. Dave and Jen also discussed the EAA setup plans for the observatory.
- John Church raised the idea to locate and inspect the condition of the observatory’s septic tank.