Archive for the 'SAS Lectures' Category

“The Nighttime Sky Through CNY Eyes” – Lecture At Beaver Lake Nature Center Oct. 19 or 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

Image from www.waymarking.com.

The SAS is hosting a lecture/observing session at Beaver Lake Nature Center next Wednesday, Oct. 19 (with a rain date of Friday, Oct. 21). We don’t observe with Syracuse to our South very often, so hopefully the tree line is low enough to give us clear new views of our Northern Horizon. Pre-registration is required and the event is free. We hope you can join us!

Details, directions, and the registration link can be found at: www.parkscalendar.com/events/detail/20111019/33/26/1/0/0/2348

TACNY Junior Café Scientifique – “Creepy Chemistry” – Saturday, October 15, 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

With a bit more advanced notice than the last lecture, TACNY is hosting a Junior Café Scientifique lecture at the MOST this Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Information is below. The SAS will also be hosting one of these lectures on May 19, 2012!

Creepy Chemistry: Glowing Pumpkins, Magical Genies, Mysterious Fog and Much More!

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m.

Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), Armory Square Syracuse, New York

Speaker: Neal M. Abrams, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Talk Overview: Ready to be spooked out of your seat? Join the TACNY Jr. Café on October 15th to see the chemistry behind glowing pumpkins, magical genies, bleeding paper, and mysterious fog. Dr. Neal Abrams from SUNY ESF will present a series of interactive Halloween chemistry demonstrations that will be sure to delight young and old alike. Come make your own slimy worms and celebrate the season!

Biography: Dr. Neal Abrams obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and certification in teaching from Ithaca College, completed his doctorate at Penn State University, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University. At ESF, Neal instructs the general chemistry labs and co-teaches a course in renewable energy. He also directs a chemistry research program centered on renewable energy and is the faculty advisor for the ESF chemistry club.

About the Technology Alliance of Central New York (“TACNY”):

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the Technology Alliance of Central New York enhances and facilitates the development, growth and advancement of education, awareness and historical appreciation of technology within the Central New York Community. Through its programs and support efforts, TACNY seeks to further serve members, as well as educational groups and institutions with similar missions, and be the key link among technical societies in Central New York.

TACNY Jr. Café Scientifique, founded in 2005, is free, held most 3rd Saturdays, from September to June from 9:30a.m. – 11:00a.m. at the MOST. Participants must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the museum at no cost at the program conclusion.

Reservations are appreciated but not required two days prior to event:

Diane E. Darwish at jrcafe@tacny.org – www.tacny.org

Prof. John McMahon At The Tully Free Library – Thursday, October 13 at 5:00 PM

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

If you’ve not had the pleasure of hearing John McMahon lecture on the topic of astronomy, the Tully Free Library (google map HERE) is providing us all an opportunity to do so during daylight hours. Many attendees to Darling Hill Observatory Public Viewing sessions may recognize his voice (but not the contents of his dark outline) from his always fascinating tours of the Constellations and their mythological origins (and it’s likely that his Classics students at Le Moyne are equally well-versed in the reverse).

One of DHO’s great exponents of small aperture observing (“small scopes” for the uninitiated. He can setup and tear down twice in the time it takes most of us to get our Dobsonian bases out of our cars), John will be leaving all the gear at home to focus on touring the Night Sky with only the 1×6-7 mm binoculars we all carry around below our frontal lobes.


Join John McMahon as he talks about constellations and stars and introduces folks in the area to what they can experience after the sun goes down. Learn tips and tricks for observing the sky at night with the unaided eye and how to identify what can readily be seen after sunset. All ages welcome.

From The Tully News, September 2011 (Volume 13, Number 8)

David Bishop Lecture WILL HAPPEN Tonight, 7:00 p.m. (Friday, Sept 23) – September Newsletter – UARS Update

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

In rapid succession!

1. David Bishop Lecture

The weather this weekend is expected to go from bad to worse tomorrow evening, with more severe rain predicted for Saturday afternoon. While tonight will very-very likely not be good for observing, the chance for rain is less than predicted for tomorrow, so we will be hosting David Bishop at Darling Hill this evening for a year-in-review astronomy lecture.

As I’ve mentioned before, David used to make the yearly pilgrimage to Darling Hill for this lecture and they were always well-attended and informative. We are delighted to have David back and the board and I are looking forward to his lecture tonight!

September Newsletter

The September newsletter is up for download HERE. Included in the newsletter is a brief summary about our 2011 Summer Seminar.

UARS Update From NASA

For those paying attention to the imminent demise of the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, check out the NASA website www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/uars for updates. The trajectory has changed since the last estimate and, while it should not be of any concern to North America, it is an event of global importance (as it will happen again).

Darling Hill Will NOT OPEN Tonight (July 29) But Will Be Open For BOTH The NOON And 6:30 p.m. Sessions Tomorrow (July 30)!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

I refer you to the animated gif below that shows Sun Spot activity from July 15 to July 29 (images taken from the SOHO website, sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov). Pay particular attention to Sun Spots 1260, 1261, and 1263:

You’ll note there’s a large (LARGE!) band of Sun Spots approaching from the left in the last few images. For those who cannot see the labels in the bottom-right corner, the big circle is JUPITER, the smaller circle is EARTH. This all means that our Barlow Bob-hosted Solar Session tomorrow will have several large targets for observation in the observatory scopes. This is excellent timing on the part of our closest star!

In preparation for this event, we’ve prepared a small brochure for your reading pleasure available for download (and copies will be on hand at the Observatory):


And I’ve already had a few interested parties bringing scopes to the collimation session by Bob Piekiel Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., which will precede our Public Viewing session.

All are welcome to all of tomorrow’s sessions!