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Public Star Night 18 May 2018 – Dr Vicky Hamilton – SwRI – “NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission to the Asteroid Bennu (and Back)”

Our guest speaker for this public star night will be Dr Vicky Hamilton from Boulder’s Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and the topic of her talk will about the OSIRIS-REx mission.

The primary objective of NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission is to return a pristine sample from the asteroid Bennu to help scientists understand the origin and evolution of our solar system,

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Public Star Night – 20 April 2018 – Allison Barto – Ball Aerospace – The James Webb Space Telescope

Our guest speaker for this public star night will be Allison Barto, the program manager for the James Webb Space telescope at Ball Aerospace.

Since the invention of the telescope over 400 years ago, humans have been building bigger and more powerful telescopes in a drive to better understand our amazing Universe.

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Public Star Night March 16, 2018 – John Ensworth – ” Is the world around you a computer simulation?”

Is the world around you a computer simulation?” An exploration of information, artificial intelligence, and the thoughts of Elon Musk and Nick Bostrom.

Our guest speaker for this public star night will be our own volunteer and board member John Ensworth.

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Public Star Night 16 Feb 2018 – Bill Possel – “Cassini Mission at Saturn”

Our guest speaker for this public star night will be Bill Possel from Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and space Physics (LASP), and the topic of his talk will be “the Cassini Mission at Saturn – An Epic Ending to an Epic Mission”.

During its “Grand Finale,” the Cassini mission studied a never-before-explored region very close to Saturn.

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Public Star Night 19 January 2018 – Dr Cherilynn Morrow – Chaco Astronomy

Our guest speaker for this public star night will be Dr Cherilynn Morrow and the topic of her talk will be about the astronomy of Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

The presentation for Little Thompson Observatory will offer an educational and entertaining description of astronomy and archaeo-astronomy at the remote Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico,

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Public Star Night – 15 December 2017 – “Star of Wonder” – John Ensworth

THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM FASCINATES.

The nature of the star has been lost in history, confused by the passage of time. For millennia, believers, scoffers and the curious have wondered at the Biblical account of the Star. The Bible recounts unusual or even impossible astronomical events at Christ’s birth.

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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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