7 pm Friday, March 4: Dr. Miller, guest speaker 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, March 5: TriStar From the Cline Observatory website: The Triad Starfest, *Tri*Star* for short, is a gathering of astronomers of all types, from novice to professional, for a full day of presentations, displays, and observing. The event allows astronomy enthusiasts … More TriStar 2016 Astronomy Events for You
Observing Plan for Friday, February 19, 2016 Cline Observatory, Jamestown Campus of GTCC Thanks to all my Periscope viewers who helped me make this plan. There’s still some information to gather before Friday night. Cline Observatory is open to the public, free of charge, every clear Friday night. This week we will open at 7 … More Observing Plan for Friday, February 19, 2016
What does making a comet, creating Star Wheels and drawing constellations have in common? The Director of Religious Education (DRE) at my church has asked me to do an astronomy presentation next Sunday for the kids. My audience will probably be 10-20 young people between 5 and 15 years old. I’ve done the comet making … More Teaching astronomy in Sunday School
The Cline Observatory Advisory Committee is preparing for the coming solar eclipse. I realize that August 21, 2017 seems far into the future, but the date will sneak up on us if we’re not ready. If you’ve not seen a solar eclipse, here’s a video of Mr. Eclipse showing a video of an eclipse to … More Are you ready for the total solar eclipse?
Yesterday I was making a Periscope broadcast with one of my telescopes. Barbara and I were sitting in our driveway, she was staffing the camera as I put the telescope together and looked for sunspots. As I zoomed in on the Sun, the kids across the street saw us. The telescope was like a magnet. … More My telescope is a magnet
In 2005, astronomers in California announced the discovery of a new solar system object larger than the planet Pluto. Eris was quickly inaugurated as a planet, our tenth! The next year, the International Astronomical Union designated Pluto and the new object “dwarf planets.” Eris and Pluto were quickly tossed out of the club. I … More Dwarf Planets
One question I hear a lot, is what about Pluto? Do I agree with the decision to reclassify Pluto as a Dwarf Planet? I was a staunch defender of Pluto’s planethood. Pluto had always been a planet (at least in my lifetime) and I had trouble visualizing a universe with Pluto as a planet. As a … More The Reclassification of Pluto