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Public Star Night 17 Nov 2017 – “The Great American Eclipse 2017 – Revisited”

Our guest speakers are Mark Rennert, John Hiatt, John Ensworth and Ian Bolinger.

The first solar eclipse in 99 years to traverse the United States from coast to coast was truly amazing. It was so amazing we think it’s worth reliving at least one more time. If you were not able to see it in its glorious full totality,

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Public Star Night – 27 October 2017 – Dr Eric Schindhelm – “Rosetta Mission: How to Catch a Comet “

Our guest speaker is Dr Eric Schindhelm from Ball Aerospace and the title of his talk is: “The Rosetta Mission: How to Catch a Comet”

In August 2014 the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at the comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, providing an unprecedented look at a remnant of the early solar system. 

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Public Star Night 29 Sept 2017 – Dr Emily Hardegree-Ullman – “Outstanding Mysteries in Astrobiology”

Our guest speaker is Dr Emily Hardegree-Ullman, and the title of her presentation is “Outstanding Mysteries in Astrobiology”.

For over half a century, humanity has searched the galaxy for evidence of life beyond our home planet. Despite recent exciting advances in the search for other habitable worlds, we have yet to find any cosmic cousins.

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Public Star Night 18 August 2017 – John Ensworth – “Astronomy Apps for the Eclipse and Beyond…”

This month’s presentation will be a tour-de-force of apps useful for preparing for the total solar eclipse a few days later on Monday August 21, 2017.  The apps will be demonstrated on an iOS device, but most have versions that for Android as well. Topics covered will be: How to visualize the eclipse,

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Public Star Night 16 June 2017 – Dr Suzanne Metlay – All-American Eclipse on 8-21

Our guest speaker is Dr Suzanne Metlay, and the title of her presentation is “All-American Eclipse on August 21”

Enjoy the unique experience of a solar eclipse safely and well-informed about the local logistics and celestial mechanics. We will discuss: eye safety, where to go within easy driving distance,

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Public Star Night April 21, 2017 – Dr Gordon MacAlpine – Earth’s Climate Past, Present, and Back to the Future

Our guest speaker is Dr Gordon MacAlpine, and the title of his presentation is “Earth’s Climate Past, Present, and Back to the Future”

This public talk, supplemented with visual aids, is intended for a general audience.  We will examine changing climatic conditions on Earth, from its origin just over 4.5 billion years ago to the present.

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Public Star Night – 17 March 2017 – Mike Roos – “Messier Marathon in Slides”

Our guest speaker is Mike Roos, from Fort Collins, and the title of his presentation is “Messier Marathon in slides”.

During the late 1700’s, Charles Messier, a French astronomer and comet hunter, made a list of objects that are NOT comets, so that he wouldn’t have to repeatedly deal with them during his comet hunts. 

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Public Star Night 17 Feb 2017, 7:30pm – Dr John Spencer – “NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto and beyond”

Our speaker for this evening will be Dr John Spencer from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder and the title of his talk will be “NASA’s New Horizons Mission to Pluto and beyond”.

On July 14th 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made the first-ever encounter with the dwarf planet Pluto,

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Public Star Night 20 January 2017 – Dr Gordon MacAlpine – Cosmology with Quasars

Our guest speaker is Dr Gordon MacAlpine, and the title of his presentation is “Cosmology with Quasars: Dinosaurs of the Universe”.

This will be a public talk and PowerPoint presentation suitable for all ages.  Dr MacAlpine will discuss what quasars are, how they were discovered,

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Public Star Night – 12-16-2016 – Robert Ayala – Astronomica Symphonica

Public Star Night at the Little Thompson Observatory, 850 Spartan Ave at Berthoud High School (park east of the high school; directions are posted on our website, www.starkids.org).

Our guest speaker is Robert Ayala, a librarian at the Loveland Public Library, and the title of his presentation is “Astronomica Symphonica”.

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