Johnson County Science Cafe

Comets Big and Small

Speakers: Fred Bruenjes, Fred is an electrical engineer by day and amateur astronomer by night.
Date: March 19, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Coaches Bar and Grill, 9089 W. 135th Street, one block west of 135th and Antioch, south side of 135th St.

Fred Bruenjes will present a talk about comets, their makeup, how
they alter history, and how we can observe them. He will share the story of how
he found his own comet (read about it at, and how we can observe the bright comets coming this year.

Following the talk and the skies cooperating, we will move upstairs to the roof and look at the currently visible comet, Comet Pan-Starrs.

Fred’s interest in astronomy was sparked when Halley’s Comet returned in 1986. As
an accomplished astrophotographer, Fred’s images have been published by
Astronomy Magazine, Sky & Telescope, Disney, APOD, Reuters, and many others. He
founded Moonglow Technologies, an electronics firm dedicated to developing
cutting edge astronomical products for the professional and amateur community.
In 2009 Fred began a systematic search for comets in the northern hemisphere in
his spare time in cooperation with the Stargarden Foundation. In 2012 he
discovered comet C/2012 C2 (BRUENJES).

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