It’s star gazing time! Join us on Saturday, March 14, from 7:30-9:30 at the Florissant Fossil Beds Visitor Center. The night sky program begins with a 30 minute interpretive program inside the visitor center followed by 90 minutes of sky watching. Saturday’s topic is “Measuring the Dark”. More
Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members will be at the Florissant Fossil Beds N.M. on February 14 with our telescopes for public viewing of the stars.
Florissant Fossil Beds is an excellent place to learn about and enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Located 1 hour from Colorado Springs, Florissant Fossil Beds is easily accessible yet far enough away
from light pollution to provide for dark skies to observe. From the park, it is possible to see the Milky Way, other galaxies, star clusters, nebulas, comets (when they are around) and much more. The night sky programs begin with a 30 minute interpretive program inside the visitor center. The program is followed by 90 minutes of sky watching. No reservations are necessary. Space
is limited inside the theater where the presentation is given. More
Comet Lovejoy has just made its closest approach to Earth and is now making its way back out of the solar system. People in the Northern Hemisphere like us here in Southern Colorado still have a chance to see it at its brightest as its journey takes it past Pleiades and high into the night sky. This will be one of our target objects at our upcoming star party 6-8 PM on Saturday, January 17 at the Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument Visitors Center.
A new set of on-line university courses are now available at “WWW.WORLDSCIENCEU.COM“. These are comprehensive Master Classes given by world famous scientists that may be taken at your own speed. The current classes which may be played at any time are “Special Relativity” by Prof. Brian Greene and “Inflation” by Prof. Alan Guth. Although the classes are university level, they are quite understandable to anyone with at least a high school education who is interested in astronomy. These classes come in versions with or without advanced mathematics and completion of any module set earns a certificate of completion. World Science U plans classes on general relativity, gravitation, astrophysics, etc., etc.
Are hauntings and ghost sightings as prevalent as The Science Channel says? From Gozer the Traveler to Ghost Hunters International, the media is gonzo for the paranormal in October. But what does science say about the techniques employed by professional ghost hunters? More
A new Science-centric monthly event for the grown-up set is coming to Bristol Brewery at Ivywild School. SUPER SCIENCE MASHUP is an event styled as a late-night show that tackles both good and bad science in popular culture with demonstrations, presentations, audience participation, expert panels, comedy, music, trivia, telescope viewings, and a cash bar. More
Due to my figuratively dropping the ball, Tristan’s post on his upcoming talk abut Rocket Science & Moon Myths wasn’t posted until after the event and of course I do apologize to Tristan and you all for that!
The good news is that the talk was filmed and is available on YouTube!!!
This Monday, August 25th, a unique pair of space science lectures will take place at the Carnegie Reading Room at the Penrose Library in Downtown Colorado Springs. The event is called “Rocket Science and Moon Myths” and will center on the science, exploration, and common misconceptions about our natural satellite.
The opening presentation will be CSAS member and recent Sky & Telescope contributor Tristan Schwartz giving a comedic talk entitled “Moon Myth Media Mayhem.” From the moon’s perceived effect on human behavior and biology to the frenzy over the so-called “Supermoon,” Mr. Schwartz tackles the reality that people’s misconceptions about the moon ultimately teach us more about our own logical failings than they do about astronomy. More
As most of you in the club are aware. I’m big into outreach. I can blame my mom for this as she has always encouraged me and taught me all things scientific and instilled the premise that I always share what I know and learn. She would tell me that knowledge is power and that power needs to go to everyone.
The sciences have always been a passion of mine. I love learning about the interactions of all things physical and like seeing our knowledge progress and expand as well build better tools to observe about our surroundings.
And I really love being able to share that knowledge, especially with the younger generation, hoping to spark an interest in the sciences to keep progress in motion. More
GLOBE at Night is an annual 2-week campaign in March. People all over the world record the brightness of their night sky by matching its appearance toward the constellation Orion with star maps of progressively fainter stars. They submit their measurements on-line and a few weeks later, organizers release a map of light-pollution levels worldwide. Over the last four GLOBE at Night campaigns, volunteers from over 100 nations have contributed 35,000 measurements.
Go to the Globe at Night website for more info and to participate!
CSAS Outreach Volunteers put on a star party for the 4th grade classes of Rachel Embry and Helen Wing at Broadmoor Elementary. The sky was wonderfully clear and the temperatures hovered right around freezing and a tad below. All in all a beautiful night for stargazing! Rachel Embry, helped set up the event through Rick Meinig, who is a CSAS member and Jim West, CSAS’s Outreach Coordinator. More
Astronomical Society of the Pacific published a guide in 1936 which is available online as a pdf document —
Starry Night also has a pronunciation guide which, along with the written pronunciation, has a quicktime audio file so you can actually hear it spoken.
So, how do YOU pronounce Bootes?
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CSAS volunteers helped USAFA put on an educational event for the Academy Charter School in Castle Rock, CO. The students (approx 70) and teachers were divided into several groups and participated in educational activities inside USAFA’s Observatory, toured the Observatory, and when the clouds permitted looked through our telescopes to view planets, nebulae, binary stars, and galaxies! You can see by the picture we know how to stay warm when observing in Colorado! We enjoyed sharing our love of the stars with the students, and we appreciate USAFA allowing us to participate in this event!
Rob Hawley has produced an educational video on YouTube, broken down into 4 segments, total is about 30 minutes.
The video is about finding astronomical objects using charts, aka “starhopping”. He uses charts from Sky Map Pro, and from Sky Tools V3, but refers to paper charts as well in the video.
Here is the link…
A couple of days ago I came across this very interesting and “cool” website! Part of the Zooniverse (there is a link to Zooniverse on the links page). From the Zooniverse website, “Galaxy Zoo – The original Zooniverse project. Help astronomers figure out how galaxies form and evolve by classifying their shape. Over 50 million classifications so far but we need more!”
You register at the Galaxy Zoo website and then you can participate by classifying galaxies. They show you how and then you just classify when you have time. You can save the galaxies that you like the most to your own “gallery”. You can get very technical info on each galaxy, but don’t expect the Messier number!
There are also other things you can participate in, such as merging galaxies and detecting supernovae. Enjoy!