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Alex Filippenko


Alex Filippenko was the guest speaker January 7th, 2012. The crowd at the meeting was probably a SJAA record with estimates north of 150. And Dr. Filippenko did not disappoint at all. Despite going long the crowd was attentive and asked many excellent questions after his talk. Always a class act, Alex asked if there was a young member of the audience that had a question. The question was a heavy one. Alex, with a tip of the hat to Richard Feynman, said that if you can’t answer a question simply you probably don’t understand it well enough. So that’s how this memorable evening came to a close.

Dr. Filippenko last talked to the SJAA on February 7, 2004. At that time the audience count of 106 was considered the record and it hasn’t been broken since until this year.

All photos taken by the editor except for the background in the picture below. Photo credit for that image of the Large Magellanic Cloud goes to ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/STSci. It is a combination of images from the Herschel and Spitzer space telescopes.


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