Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society

Previous Meeting Programs


May. 2024 Click here to view program.

Program: "What's Up Next in Astronomy for 2024?"

T CrB, Comets, Aurora, Meteor Showers

Presented by MVAS Members


Apr. 2024 Click here to view program.

Program: "April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Roundup"

Experiences and Photos from the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Presented by MVAS Members


Mar. 2024 Click here to view program.

Program: "Eclipse 2024: The April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse"

Learn about the upcoming total eclipse of the sun and how to safely observe the event.

Presented by Perry Pezzolanella and MVAS Members


Feb. 2024 Click here to view program.

Program: "2024 Total Solar Eclipse T-Shirt Contest Revealed"

Submissions for the Solar Eclipse T-Shirt Contest will be revealed along with the winning design.

Presented by Joel Seif


Jan. 2024 Click here to view program.

Program: "2023: The Year In Review - Astronomy & Mohawk Valley Weather"

Presented by David Bishop, Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science and Perry Pezzolanella, MVAS


Dec. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "Members' Show 'n Tell"

Presented by MVAS Members


Nov. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "How Did Voyager Take Photos?"

A history of light detection in Astronomy from Clyde Tombaugh to James Web

Presented by Russell Arcuri, MVAS


Oct. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "Exploring Ancient Solar System Relics: NASA's OSIRIS-REx and PSYCHE Missions"

Update on the sample return OSIRIS-REx mission, its landing in Utah and storage, along with overview of PSYCHE mission and launch dates.

Presented by Carol Higgins, NASA Solar System Ambassador and MVAS member


Aug. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "The Theory of Everything - So Far"

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Presented by Peter Costianes, Physicist-retired, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY, and MVAS member


Jun. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "Venus: The Deadly Pressurized Inferno"

Presented by Perry Pezzolanella, MVAS member


May. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "An Antarctic Odyssey: Winter-Over at South Pole Station"

Presented by John W Briggs, Curator at the Astronomical Lyceum, Magdalena, New Mexico


Apr. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "Options for Observing the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, both within Upstate New York and Elsewhere"

Information about the path, observing locations, weather conditions, equipment, and travel for the April 8, 2024 total eclipse of the Sun.

Presented by Dan Schneiderman of the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) and MVAS Members


Mar. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "The Many Ways of Imaging Variable Stars: It Doesn't Need to be Rocket Science or Cost a Bundle!"

Presented by Peter Bealo, Chair Instrumentation and Equipment Observing Section of AAVSO


Feb. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "The Wacky World of Exoplanets and How We Discover Them"

Presented by Dennis Conti, AAVSO


Jan. 2023 Click here to view program.

Program: "2022: The Year In Review - Astronomy & Mohawk Valley Weather"

Presented by David Bishop, Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science and Perry Pezzolanella, MVAS