Thursday, September 8, 2016, 8:00 PM
Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting
60 Garden Street
Topic and Speaker: "Popscope Program for Inner City Outreach", Michael O'Shea
One of ATMoB’s
most important missions is to share the beauty and wonder of the
night sky through public star parties. Since 2014, the urban
astronomy group, #popscope, has connected thousands of everyday
people to the night sky -- and to each other -- through free,
pop-up sidewalk telescope events. This completely volunteer-led
organization aims to involve more people in astronomy --
especially populations underrepresented in the field -- and give
everyone the chance to look through a telescope!
Our September speaker (and new ATMoB member) Michael O’Shea will present an in-depth look at this unique program. He will outline problems in our cities and in the field of astrophysics that #popscope seeks to address, explain a simple, but powerful model for urban astronomy outreach, and provide "best practices" for observing the night sky in light-polluted cities and engaging the public. In addition, he will provide abundant examples of #popscope’s work through images and video. You can learn more about #popscope at www.popscope.org.
Michael O'Shea works by day in Boston as a consultant in the higher education and non-profit sectors. By night, he is a community activist and astronomy enthusiast with the #popscope urban astronomy group.
Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at Changsho, 1712 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm.
Friday, September 9 - Saturday, September 10, 2016
New England Fall Astronomy Festival
University of New Hampshire
Friday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11, 2016
Astronomical Society of Northern New England
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 8:00 PM
September 10, 2016, 8:00 PM.
Robbins Farm Park
With the moon partially lit, it is a great time to see the craters and rough terrain of the Moon in a telescope or even through binoculars. Look for spots around the light/dark line (called the terminator) where you can see shadows cast by peaks on the lunar surface. Saturn and Mars are still up in the early evening, and Saturn appears to take the lead, now visible to the West of Mars, rather than the East.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
CfA Observatory Night (public talk + telescope observing - weather permitting)
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Topic and Speaker: "Please Pardon Our Dust", Doug Finkbeiner, CfA
Many beautiful astronomical images result from starlight being absorbed or scattered by interstellar dust. These processes make for pretty pictures, but also confound astronomers as they try to see through the dust. New efforts are creating a 3-D map of cosmic dust within our galaxy by measuring the colors of nearly 1 billion stars. The resulting data visualizations are not only picturesque, but also crucial to the star-mapping mission of the Gaia satellite and the science of the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Generating this dust map required years of work - but it beats wiping off shelves and knick-knacks!
WARNING: Due to parking lot construction, parking is limited. Additional parking available at 160 Concord Ave. Handicapped ramp is also unavailable. Mobility-impaired attendees will be seated in Pratt overflow.
*** (FREE) TICKETS ARE NOW REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT! ***
Thursday, September 22 - Sunday, September 25, 2016
Night Sky Festival
Acadia National Park, ME
Monday, September 26, 7:00 PM
Lexington Community Education
Public talk at the Lexington Depot
13 Depot Square
Topic and Speaker: "Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos", Prof.Priyamvada Natarajan
The cosmos, once understood as a stagnant place, filled with the ordinary, is now a universe that is expanding at an accelerating pace, propelled by dark energy and structured by dark matter. Priyamvada Natarajan is someone at the forefront of the research - an astrophysicist who literally creates maps of invisible matter in the universe. She not only explains the science behind these essential ideas but also provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance.
Her book, Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos provides a tour of the “greatest hits” of cosmological discoveries - the ideas that reshaped our universe over the past century. The formation and growth of black holes, dark matter halos, the accelerating expansion of the universe, the echo of the big bang, the discovery of exoplanets, and the possibility of other universes - these are some of the puzzling cosmological topics of the early twenty-first century. Natarajan discusses why the acceptance of new ideas about the universe and our place in it has never been linear. And she affirms that, shifting and incomplete as science always must be, it offers the best path we have toward making sense of our wondrous, mysterious universe.
Priyamvada Natarajan is Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe.
The cost of the talk is $10.
Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register
using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community
Education at 781-862-8043.
The cost of the talk is $10. Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781-862-8043.
Friday, September 30 - Saturday, October 1, 2016
Skyscrapers (Amateur Astronomy Society of Rhode Island)
Seagrave Memorial Observatory, and North Scituate Community Center, North Scituate, RI
Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
Astronomical Society of New Haven