Astronomy Club kicks off fall series of free talks, star parties
PRESCOTT - The Prescott Astronomy Club, in cooperation with the Prescott Public Library, begins its fall season of free public programs Thursday with a presentation by Father Chris Corbally, Vice Director of the Vatican Observatory near Tucson.
"Heroic Galileo and the Message of the Stars" will explore the relationship between faith and science by looking at the life of one of history's greatest scientists.
The presentation takes place in the Founders Suite at the Prescott Public Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Then on Saturday, the Astronomy Club will present its first public star party of the fall season at Pronghorn Park in Prescott Valley.
Pronghorn Park is located at 7391 E. Rusty Spur Trail in the Pronghorn Ranch subdivision. The star party will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Club members will bring a variety of telescopes and binoculars for the public to view interesting objects in the night sky.
Weather permitting, the Andromeda Galaxy (our closest neighbor), the Ring Nebula, several star clusters, the Summer Triangle, and a variety of double stars will be visible.
Everyone invited to bring their own telescopes or view objects through club members' telescopes.
Other public programs of the Astronomy Club include a presentation by Dr. Stephen Tegler, a Department of Physics and Astronomy professor and director of the Atmospheric Research Observatory at Northern Arizona University.
His presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Founders Suite on the topic "Research, Teaching, and Public Outreach With the Northern Arizona 0.5 Meter Lutz Telescope."
The new 0.5 meter-Lutz telescope is a state-of-the art astronomical facility on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
Tegler will describe how NAU students use the telescope and its CCD cameras for research projects and class work with faculty members, obtaining hands-on experience essential for getting a job in astronomy or going on to Ph.D. studies in astronomy.
In addition, he will describe the opportunities for eyepiece viewing by the public.
On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Astronomy Club will offer its second public star party of the fall season at Vista Park in Prescott.
Vista Park is located at 1684 Sarafina Dr. in the Prescott Lakes subdivision. The star party will begin at 6:45 p.m. In addition to the celestial objects visible in September, Jupiter and its moons will be visible in the evening hours.
The final public "Star Talk" of the fall season will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Founders Suite at the Prescott Public Library.
Dr. Andrew Odell, Professor Emeritus in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Northern Arizona University will talk about "The Moon: What We Can See and What We Have Learned About It."
The final "Starry Nights" star party for the fall season will be at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Pronghorn Park in Prescott Valley.