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Prescott Astronomy events 2009 calendar

EVENTS

• April 8 - June 12 - "Visions of the Universe" national traveling exhibit at Prescott Public Library, only location in Arizona.

• Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at Elks Opera House on Gurley Street - "400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey through Science, Technology & Thought" special local premier before national PBS airing. (www.400years.org)

STARRY NIGHTS AT WATSON LAKE

Free Saturday Star Parties with star charts provided, Upper Ramada at Watson Lake Park. Use club scopes or bring your own. Hot chocolate compliments of Cuppers Coffee House. Patio heaters provided.

• Jan. 17 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. -Galaxies & Open Clusters

• March 21 at 7 - 9 p.m. - International "Globe at Night" Star Count. Help measure light pollution related to Constellation Orion. (www.globe.gov/gan/)

• April 18 at 6:30 - 9 p.m. - Telescope Tune-ups and 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. see "Bare Naked" Saturn without being obscured by its rings.

• May 8 - fourth annual Watson Lake Campout - Play scientist with NAU's Astro Guy Ed Anderson featuring "Can they hear you scream in space," body spinners, human gyroscopes and smoking comets. See broiling sun surface and eruptions safely. Also featuring Van de Graaff Generator and NASA/NAU AIMER Science Lab with Rocket Guy Matthew Zierenberg, "Quiet Skies" radio frequency interference talk, taking apart telescopes with John Carter, "Walk the Solar System," hydrogen rockets with Leon Corcoran, Night Sky Magic Trunk with Marilyn Unruh, Project ASTRO, NASA Educator Resource Center activities with 2009 NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Stacy DeVeau, 7:30 - 9 p.m. public Star Party and "Howling At the Moon Night," 9 - 10 p.m. Outdoor Movie Night featuring new documentary "400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey through Science, Technology & Thought."

• Sept. 19 at 5:30 - 8 p.m. - Telescope Tune-ups with the Telescope Wizards. Bring yours for help, plus 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. see Galileo's moons, Pegasus and Summer Triangle.

• Oct. 17 at 6 - 8 p.m. - Third annual Great World Wide Star Count with handouts and Constellation Cygnus Star Count (windows.ucar.edu)

• Nov. 21 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Jupiter and Globular Clusters.

THIRD THURSDAY STAR TALKS

Prescott Public Library Founders Suite at 6:30 - 8 p.m. with Q&A, astronomy prizes

• Jan. 15 - "Protecting our Starry Night Sky" with Cliff Ochser, International Dark Skies Assoc. and Evening Sky Tours in Sedona.

Effects of light pollution on our quality of life, and community techniques to save energy and our dark skies. (darkskiesawareness.org)

• Feb. 19 - "Galactic Recycling: Everything Old Is New Again" with Dr. Brian Rachford, Embry-Riddle Astro-Physics. How we study the formation of new stars and planets from the death throes of previous generations of stars.

• March 19 - "Tech-Savvy Space" with John Carter, Prescott Astronomy Club. Explore Internet astronomy, discover how to make "out-of-this-world" movies while you tour the universe.

• May 21 - "Why the Sun Has Spots" with Ray Fobes, Embry-Riddle Astro-Physics and Granite Mountain Observatory. Our Sun's influence on Earth's climate, focusing on sunspots' life and death.

• Sept. 17 - "Does an Evolving Cosmos Belittle the Creator? With Father Chris Corbally, SJ Vatican Observatory. Tackle the big questions that modern cosmology and astrophysics raise, and thoughtfully consider each other's answers.

• Oct. 15 - "Beyond Tang: The Hidden Benefits of the Space Program" with Dr. Nadine Barlow, NAU Astro-Physics and Arizona Space Grant Consortium. NASA's "Spinoff" book free to everyone attending.

• Nov. 19 - "The Unveiling of Titan - the Other Red Planet" with Brent Archinal, U.S. Geological Survey geodesist and astrogeology team co-authors Larry Soderblom and Randy Kirk. Cassini Spacecraft and Huygens' findings about Titan and its possibilities for the existence of life.

SPOTLIGHT ON THE STARS VI APRIL 14-18

(Celebrate International Astronomy Week and International Year of Astronomy at the Prescott Public Library. Visit our April Viewerie Astronomy Display with live NASA TV and 3-D Photos with 3-D glasses and cool space stuff.)

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

• 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Founders Suite - "400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey through Science, Technology & Thought" on the big screen.

• 7 - 9 p.m. - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University open house at Davis Learning Center (main entrance-follow the signs), and ERAU Students present the NASA Educator Resource Center hands-on astronomy activities and telescopes.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

• 1 - 4 p.m. - After-School Star Party in Elsea Room with NAU's "Astro-Guy" Ed Anderson. Search for signals from outer space. Sign up for a spot, or come on the half hour between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also, Astronomy Game Day in the Bump Room with Night Sky Monopoly, Mars 2020, Planet Quest and game drawing. Founders Suite features solar system activities with 2009 NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Stacy DeVeau, Marilyn Unruh's Night Sky Magic Trunk and Project Astro, John Carter's "Take-Apart Telescope," "Ask the Astronomer," and star cookies and lemonade complements of Pangaea Bakery.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

• 6:30 - 8 p.m. - "Development of Astronomy in the Ancestral Southwest" in Founders Suite.

View from Wupatki, Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon National Parks with Bryan Bates, author, National Geography tour guide and co-chair on Archaeoastronomy Peru 2010. Also, "Viewing the Sky through Past and Present Cultures" book sale and signing.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

• 10 - 11 a.m. in Founders Suite - Local club member Leon Corcoran offers 3-D space tour on the big screen with "NASA/JPL Missions to Mars, Planets & their Moons," 3-D glasses provided, followed by discussion time 11 - noon.

• 10 a.m. to noon in Elsea/Bump Rooms - Sixth annual "Come & Go" Teachers Workshop "Living and Working in Space: Activities and Resources with NASA Resource Educator Center's Stacy DeVeau. Also "Quiet Skies" Radio Frequency Interference exhibit and Astronomy Educator prizes.

• 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in courtyard - Play scientist with NAU's Astro-Guy Ed Anderson. "Can they hear you scream in space?" Also Body Spinners, Human Gyroscopes and Smoking Comets. Safely see broiling sun surface and eruptions. Van de Graph Generator, Project Astro, Ask the Astronomer booth.

• 10 a.m. - noon in James Room - Star Party for the little ones.