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Public Star Night – 20 December 2019 from 7 – 10pm – John Ensworth – “Star of Wonder”

Our guest speaker for this public star night will be our own volunteer and
board member John Ensworth.  The title of
his presentation is “The Star of Wonder”.

THE STAR
OF BETHLEHEM FASCINATES.

The nature of the star has been lost in history, confused by the passage of time.

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Public Star Night – 15 November 2019 – Jim Tolstrup – Lakota Star Knowledge

Our guest speaker is Jim Tolstrup, and the title
of his talk will be “Lakota Star Knowledge”.

Members of the Lakota tribe observed the stars while remaining in one geographical area over a period of thousands of years. In the “Winter Circle” they saw a representation of their seasonal migration through the Black Hills in Western South Dakota.

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Public Star Night 18 October 2019 – Dr Robert Arn – “Nightscape Photography: Exploring the World at Night”.

Our guest speaker is Dr Robert Arn from Northrop-Grumman Corporation in Colorado Springs, CO, and the title of his presentation is “Nightscape Photography: Exploring the World at Night”.

Juxtapose wide open meadows, towering mountains, and vast deserts against the night sky using modern DSLR and mirrorless digital cameras.

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Public Star Night 20 September 2019 – Dayton Jones – The Square Kilometer Array – An Update

For over twenty years the international radio
astronomy community has been developing the technology and designs for a
revolutionary new research instrument, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA).  The SKA will be the next-generation facility
for radio astronomy, offering a tremendous increase in sensitivity and
flexibility over any existing radio facility in the world. 

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Public Star Night 16 August 2019 – “Space Race 2019: China, Israel, & India on the Moon”

Our guest speaker is Dr Suzanne Metlay, full-time
faculty at Western Governors University, and the title of her presentation is “Space Race
2019: China, Israel, & India on the Moon”.

While the United States plans to return to lunar exploration in the next
few years, China’s Yutu-2 rover is already there,

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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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