Blog Archives

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,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


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,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


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”.

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night – 11-18-2016 – Scott Kindt – Astro-Photography

Our guest speaker is Scott Kindt, who has been science teacher at Berthoud High School since 1995, where he is able to use astro-photography as a way to get students interested in Astronomy. Scott Kindt has been taking astro-photos for the past two decades. As a young boy, he observed the moon through a small telescope as the Apollo Astronauts navigated the lunar surface.

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night – 21 Oct 2016 – “A Talk about ‘Nothing’” – John Ensworth

Space…the final frontier…is really the busiest stuff you’ve never heard of. In this month’s presentation, John will introduce you to the physics of empty space. Most of the universe is empty nothingness and most of every atom is empty nothingness – or are they? Might there be a mysterious ether that galaxies and planets swim in,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night – 16 Sep 2016 – Ray Martin – “Ramblings of an old Stargeezer”

Our speaker for this public star night will be Ray Martin from Laramie, WY. The title of his talk will be “Ramblings of an Old Stargeezer”

With 60 years plus as both an amateur and professional astronomer there are tales to be told like the time he held the focuser of Hale’s 12-inch refractor in his hands under the floor of the 40” at Yerkes or how he kanoodled his way into the 200” dome with 20 of his friends and colleagues from the Hughes Astronomy Club,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night 19 August 2016 – Dr Dayton Jones – “The Square Kilometer Array”

Friday, 19 August 2016 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM 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 speaker for this evening will be Dr Dayton Jones from the Space Science Institute in Boulder,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night 17 June 2016 – Dr Suzanne Metlay – “Five Moons of Pluto”

Our speaker for this public star night will be Dr Suzanne Metlay from Western Governors University. Her talk will be about the “Five Moons of Pluto”

Charon and the other moons of Pluto have been revealed by the New Horizons spacecraft to be fascinating worlds. Using the latest imagery from NASA,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night 20 May 2016 – Christl Findling – “An Atmosphere Worth Pursuing”

Our guest speaker for Friday May 20, 2016 will be Christl Findling from Ball Aerospace. The title of her talk will be “An Atmosphere worth pursuing”

A small vacuum chamber, a balloon, a marshmallow, a can of shaving cream and a bowl of water – these may not seem like the typical contents of an engineer’s toolbox,

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News


Public Star Night 15 April 2016 – Dr Travis Metcalfe – “Searching for planets around other stars”

Our guest speaker for Friday April 15, 2016 will be Dr Travis Metcalfe from the Space Science Institute. The title of his talk will be “Searching for planets around other stars”

The past two decades have witnessed accelerating progress on one of the most fundamental questions in
astronomy: Are we alone in the Universe?

Read more ›

Posted in LTO News