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(FREE and open to the public)
Friday September 12th 2003 7:30pm
at Chapman University Directions.

Featured Speaker

Joel Harris
Vice President of OCA

"Chasing the [Diminutive] Shadow: The Venusian Transit of June 2004"

image from the ESO

Transits of Venus across the disk of the Sun are among the rarest of planetary alignments. Indeed, only six such events have occurred since the invention of the telescope (1631, 1639, 1761, 1769, 1874 and 1882). The next two transits of Venus will occur on 2004 June 08 and 2012 June 06.

In prior times astronomers went to extraordinary lengths in order to observe such events.

OCA VP Joel Harris will share with us his knowledge on this very interesting subject.

Joel K. Harris
Background Summary/CV

Joel Harris is a native of Los Angeles, CA, and has basically lived in Southern California all of his life. Joel is an electronics engineer, currently between assignments, having earned his B.S. in Electronic Engineering in October 1997 from DeVry University in Long Beach, CA, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Joel's previous education encompasses two other degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) in both Finance (B.S.) and Small Business Development and Management (MBA).

Joel is currently the Vice President of the OCA, and has served the club in various capacities since 1989, including Vice President, Secretary and Trustee.

Joel has written feature articles for both Astronomy and Sky and Telescope magazines, and is the co-author of Chasing the Shadow - An Observer's Guide to
Eclipses, by Kalmbach Publishers, in 1994.

Joel currently lives in Westlake Village, CA, near Thousand Oaks, with his wife Patti, his stepdaughter Kelly, and their quadruped menagerie of Joel's cats Tigger and Cassiopeia and Patti's Jack Russell "Terrorist", BJ…


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