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Public Star Night – 21 June 2019 – Dustin Putnam – “Kepler Space Telescope – Search for Exoplanets”

Our speaker for this evening will be Dustin Putnam from Ball Aerospace in Boulder and the title of his talk will be “Kepler Space Telescope – Search for Exoplanets”.

Planets orbit nearly every star in the galaxy, but how did astronomers make this groundbreaking discovery? Much of the credit goes to the Kepler Space Telescope,

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Public Star Night 17 May 2019 – Dr Dan Durda – All These Worlds: The Exoplanet Revolution

Our speaker for this evening will be Dr Dan Durda from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder and the title of his talk will be “All These Worlds: The Exoplanet Revolution”.

For generations we’ve wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Thanks in large part to space missions like Kepler,

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Public Star Night 19 April 2019 – Dr John Spencer – “The Furthest Flyby”.

Our
speaker for this evening will be Dr John Spencer from Southwest Research
Institute in Boulder and the title of his talk will be “The Furthest Flyby: New
Horizons Visits Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69”.

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Public Star Night 15 March 2019 – Bill Tschumy – Introduction to the Night Sky

Our speaker for this evening will be our own volunteer and co-author of SkySafari, Bill Tschumy.

Amateur astronomy is in many ways an intellectual pursuit.  What may look like a faint smudge in the telescope only comes alive when you truly grasp what it is you are looking at.

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Public Star Night – 15 Feb 2019 – Prof John Bally – Star & Planet Formation in Orion

Public Star Night – 15 February 2019 – Prof John Bally – Star & Planet Formation in Orion

Our speaker for this evening will be Prof John Bally from the CU Boulder, (john.bally@colorado.edu). New observations with ALMA, CARMA, adaptive optics, and space-based observatories are changing our understanding of star and planet formation.

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Spring Fundraiser at City Star Brewing 4/13/2019

Our next event at City Star will be on Saturday, April 13th at 6:00 pm. This will be a fundraiser for Little Thompson Observatory. Mark your calendars and tell your friends. Hope to see all of our LTO friends there!

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Winter Solstice Fundraiser at City Star Brewing

We will have an outreach event at City Star Brewing in Berthoud on Friday 21 December from 6pm to 9pm. We are looking for a few volunteers with telescopes to join us and allow patrons to observe objects in the night sky. If you don’t have a telescope, just come and enjoy a beer while helping LTO!

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Public Star Night – Friday 18 January 2019 – Tim Gasparrini – GOES Weather Satellites

Our Speaker this month is Tim Gasparrini. Mr. Gasparrini is the GOES-R program manager and vice president at Lockheed Martin Aerospace who is the builder of the GOES spacecraft. Tim will tell us about the GOES program, its mission and history and the new GOES-17 spacecraft which was just launched in March of this year.

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Public Star Night – Friday December 14, 2018 – Scott Kindt – The Science behind SETI

Our speaker for this evening is our LTO Board Member and Science and Astronomy Teacher at Berthoud High School Scott Kindt. The title of his talk will be “The Science behind our Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”.

Is intelligent alien life widespread throughout the cosmos or are we alone?

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Public Star Night 16 November 2018 – Sarah Scoles – “A History of False Alien Positives”

Our speaker for this evening is Sarah Scoles, author of the book “Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”.

Finding extraterrestrial life, especially the smart kind, would be one of the most important discoveries humans had ever made. It would tell us we weren’t alone in the vastness of space,

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