December 1st 7:30 pm – SW FL Astronomical Society Meeting in the Planetarium – Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU

December 1st 7:30 pm – SW FL Astronomical Society Meeting in the Planetarium – Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU

TH Dec 1st Meeting – Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes, a talk by Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU

On Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the planetarium, Dr. Ken Watanabe will once again present to the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.  Dr. Watanabe will discuss some of his experiences working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and his present research on Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.  Dr. Watanabe and his FGCU students have observed over 600 Sprites using optical cameras installed on the roof of the FGCU library.  Studying the possible correlations between these Sprites and TGFs will enhance  the understanding of  the physics behind the Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.  Potential ways that the SWFAS can join and contribute to this project will be discussed as well.