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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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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.

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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,

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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,

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