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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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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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