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Kopernik Observatory & Science Center Winter Star Party – Saturday, 28 January 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center is hosting a Winter Star Party this coming Saturday, January 28. Information from the flyer is provided below (and the PDF of the flyer is available for download). For information call (607) 748-3685 or visit www.kopernik.org.

Is Astronomy really better in the Winter? Find out what happened this past year in the world of astronomy. Learn about meteors and meteor showers and learn about dark matter theories and how they affect our understanding of the Universe.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

5:30 PM: Kopernik Observatory Members-Only Reception (coffee & donuts provided)
6:00 PM: Astronomy: The Year in Review
7:00 PM: Meteorites
8:00 PM: Dark Matter Halos – Discrepancy Between Simulations & Observations

Program

Our understanding of the Universe continues to expand almost as rapidly as the Universe itself. Dr. Nicholas Guydosh of the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center will present a “Year in Review” of some of the latest Astronomical discoveries and images.

An estimated 500 meteorites reach the Earth’s surface each year. These visitors from space bring with them a wealth of knowledge from our solar system. Patrick Manley, of the Kopernik Astronomical Society, will display his meteorite collection for viewing. Come join us to learn about meteorites, their origins, what they are made of, what wonderful secrets they hide inside. Discussions will cover the basics of identification of meteorites and meteor-wrongs as well as meteorite hunting practices. Please feel free to bring in your suspected finds for a brief visual assessment.

Many discrepancies exist between simulations of dark matter halos and observations of galaxies. Betsey Adams, a PhD candidate at Cornell University, will present some of her current research which involves finding the lowest mass, gas-rich, galaxies using data taken at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. One of the most well known discrepancies is the mismatch in the number of dark matter halos versus galaxies. In order to reconcile the discrepancies many solutions have been proposed; from a loss of the luminous matter from the dark matter halos to a modification of dark matter. Various solutions will be discussed revealing the current consensus.

After the programs, if it is clear, view Venus, Jupiter, the Moon, the Orion Nebula, double stars and a multitude of deep-sky objects through Kopernik’s powerful telescopes. When you need to warm up you can come back inside our warm building and visit our computer room to run night sky simulation software and build a 3D glow-in-the dark constellation. See on-going demonstrations of our 3D imaging Geowall and Ham Radio Satellite Station.

Admission

Kopernik Members: Free
$5.00 Adults
$3.00 Students/Seniors
$16.00 family maximum

Kopernik Astronomical Society AstroFest 2011 – Info And Registration Form

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Direct from Fibber Magee of the Kopernik Astronomical Society (www.kopernik.org) comes an announcement for SAS members and the general public for AstroFest 2011, being held from September 30 to October 2 in Vestal, NY (perhaps the sister city to our own Vesper, NY home for Darling Hill Observatory?).


Click the image to download the Registration PDF.

Scheduling information and Kopernik info can be found at www.kopernik.org/news_and_events/public_programs.htm#astrofest, but do check the Registration Form first for all of the info you likely need. Among the many events scheduled for AstroFest 2011 are two afternoons of Solar Observing with Barlow Bob himself (those who attended our Barlow Bob session know just how fantastic his scopes and the views in his scopes are) and a solar imaging session with Alan Friedman, whose unbelievable images can be found at his website, avertedimagination.com (I purchased a print of his at NEAF2011 and was there for the lecture on how he made my print. It’s magic, but it isn’t magic!).

Two-and-a-half days of observing, workshops, swap meet(!), and spending time with fellow amateur astronomers. The event does overlap with an upcoming SAS Public Viewing Session, but I will definitely be making a daytime Saturday trip to Vestal to visit our night sky neighbors to the South.

Registration PDF Download – Click HERE

Tentative Agenda (From The Kopernik Website)

Friday - 9/30/11

5:00 PM Doors open to public
5:00 – 7:15 PM Dark Sky Exhibit
   NYSERDA Exhibit
   Night Sky Network Workshop
   Food available
7:30 - 8:30 PM Dr. John Delano – University of Albany (general public talk)
8:30 PM to dawn Night Sky Viewing

Saturday - 10/1/11

7:30 - 9:00 AM Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Bagels, Donuts, Muffins,
   Pastries, etc.
All Day Dark Sky Exhibit
   NYSERDA Exhibit
   Solar Viewing and Imaging
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Swap Meet
   Night Sky Network Workshops
   Making Stuff Workshops
   Solar Viewing - Barlow Bob
10:00 - 11:00 AM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Dr. John Delano Student/family workshop
11:00 AM - 1:15 PM Lunch (TBD) Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Chili, Potato
   Salad, Green Salad, Pizza, Prepackaged snacks, water, soda,
   fruit juice, coffee Tea, Hot Chocolate.
1:30 - 3:00 PM Dr. John Delano - Teacher Workshop
2:00 – 5:00 PM Night Sky Network Workshops
   Making Stuff Workshops
3:00 - 4:00 PM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation
4:00 – 6:00 PM dinner (TBA)
6:00 Pm - 7:00 PM Dr. Joseph Veverka of Cornell University
7: 30 PM - 8:30 PM Dr. John Delano – Albany University technical talk
8:30 PM - Dawn Night Sky Viewing

Sunday - 10-2-11

7:30 AM to 10 AM Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Juice, Bagels, Donuts, Muffins,
   Pastries, etc.
All Day Dark Sky Exhibit
   NYSERDA Exhibit
   Solar Viewing and Imaging
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Solar Viewing - Barlow Bob
10 - 11 AM Alan Friedman Solar Imaging Presentation
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Night Sky Network Workshops
   Making Stuff Workshops
11 AM to 1:15 PM lunch (TBA)