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 to share ideas, learn about a range of astronomical topics, get together with old friends, and make new ones. The event will draw astronomers from North Carolina and surrounding states.
*Tri*Star* 2016 will be held on Saturday, 5 March, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC.
In addition to a series of speakers scheduled throughout the day,
there will be a wide range of astronomical displays, assorted astronomy-related vendors, prize drawings, “how-to” help for astronomy beginners, an astroimaging contest, and daytime and nighttime observing sessions (weather permitting). The afternoon session of TriStar 2016 has been designated the “Asteroid Afternoon” – with presentations by two noted astronomers who search for small bodies in our solar system.
Friday, 4 March 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Patrick Miller, Hardin-Simmons University, visiting AAS Shapley Lecturer
Asteroid Threats to Earth: How You Can Make Discoveries!
Meet the speaker before the talk – 6:15 p.m. reception for observatory donors and volunteers in the classroom adjacent to the AT Auditorium.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
9:30 a.m. Peter Prendergast, MD
Robotic Observing: Challenging Established Dogma
11:00 a.m. Brad Barlow, High Point University
The Influence of Planets and Brown Dwarfs on Late Stellar Evolution
2:00 p.m. Patrick Miller, Hardin-Simmons University
Debris Fields in the Solar System
3:30 p.m. Michael Solontoi, Lynchburg College
Killer Death Rocks from Outer Space!