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Broadcast 1853 (Special Edition)Listen to the show!
Aired on September 14th, 2012
Guests: Anthony Cook, Dr. Laura Danly
Guests: Dr. Laura Danly; Anthony Cook. Topics: Griffith Observatory walking tour. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Welcome to Part Two of the taped interviews regarding my visit to the Los Angeles Area for the AIAA Space 2012 Conference and more. Our Part 2 interviews took place at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA. We started out with a discussion of the very interesting history of both Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory, features, and facilities of the Observatory, all with the curator, Dr. Laura Danly. The passion, emotion, excitement, and scientific nature of Dr. Danly comes through in this interview and I can assure you, it translates into an incredible museum and science center which I hope all of you will visit if you have the opportunity to do so. Our second segment was a walking tour with Anthony Cook who took us (my son and his friend were me on this assignment) to the roof, the telescope domes, and the solar viewing area inside the building. Prior to the actual walking tour, we visited the area detailing the planets, a space jewelry collection and lots more. You can learn much more about the Griffith Observatory by visiting their website, www.griffithobservatory.org. Please post your comments on the blog. If you want to email either Dr. Danly or Mr. Cook, send your note to me and I will forward it for you.

About our guests...

Anthony Cook
Anthony Cook is a long time employee at the Griffith Observatory, participates in much of their science and educational outreach programs and is a long time listener to The Space Show.

Dr. Laura Danly
Laura Danly, Ph.D. is an astronomer and academic. Currently, Danly serves as Curator at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Prior to her current positions, she served as chair of the Department of Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Previously, Danly held academic posts at the University of Denver (where she served as assistant professor), and at Pomona College where she served as visiting assistant professor. In these positions, she developed curricula focusing on astronomy, archaeoastronomy, solar physics, astrophotography, and astrobiology. Danly spent several years at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, where she held a variety of positions including project scientist for education, assistant astronomer and Hubble Fellow. In addition, Danly conducted post-doctoral research at the STSci. As an astronomer, Danly has extensive observational experience, including some 441 hours of ultraviolet observation, much of it via the Hubble Space Telescope. Danly has also completed hundreds of hours of optical and radio observation at such facilities as Kitt Peak National Observatory, MacDonald Observatory, Cerro Tololo IntAm Observatory, and the National Radio Astronomical Observatory. In 1993, Danly co-authored The Baltimore Charter for Women in Astronomy, to address the concerns of women as a minority group in the field of astronomy. Danly received a B.A. in Physics from Yale University, and earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. .

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