Save the dates
There are some events that are coming up that we wanted to let you know about.
April 5 – Astronomy Day at the Museum of the Rockies 12-4pm
April 14-15 – Total Lunar Eclipse – no local event planned, but be sure to get out and observe.
April 25 – Next SMAS meeting at the Museum of the Rockies, 7pm
June 22 – the First International SUN-day, at the Bozeman Public Library 3-5pm
June 27-28 – Stars Over Yellowstone June weekend at Madison Amphitheater, with Jim Manning
July 25-26 – Stars Over Yellowstone July weekend at Madison Amphitheater, with Mike Murray
August 21-24 – Montana Starwatch: go to http://montanastarwatch.org/ for more information
Stars Over Yellowstone 2012
The dates are set for our 15th year of Stars Over Yellowstone Summer 2012.
Put these dates on your calendar and come join us for the fun.
June 22 & 23 – speaker: Jim Manning
July 20 & 21 – speakers: Michelle and Shane Larson
Aug. 17 & 18 – speaker: SPOT program from MSU
Be sure and check the details on our Stars Over Yellowstone page.
Enjoy a few pictures from our July 2011 event, more pictures are posted on our Stars Over Yellowstone page.
From the Big Bang to Broadway: How Things Evolve – Lecture at MOR
Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7pm, Museum of the Rockies
Join Robert M. Hazen of the Carnegie Institute of Washington for a presentation on how things evolve. Hazen will compare evolution is everything from the development of language and progress in culture and the arts, to the formation of chemical elements in stars following the Big Bang and diversification of minerals on Earth-like planets. The similarities and differences among these systems underscore general principles of emergent complexity and underscore the power and plausibility of biological evolution.
Free and open to the public. Presented by the MSU Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center.
Dates have been set for some summer time observing.
Stars over Bozeman – Friday July 8th and Friday August 5th. Set up scopes around 9:00, observing when it gets dark. We’ll be at the Hundred Acre Park off of Oak Street again this year.
Solar Sidewalk Observing – We’ll be at the Lunch on the Lawn at the Emerson on Wednesdays 11:30-1:30 starting on July 6th. (July 13, July 20, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10 and Aug. 17)
Solar Sidewalk Observing at Sweet Pea.
Plan on coming and join us this summer for some observing.
Fred Birk, Past President of SMAS to speak on VLA
Fred Birk, past president of SMAS, will give a talk during the March 26th meeting of SMAS. 7:00 in the Redstart room, downstairs at the Museum of the Rockies. Fred’s talk will be followed by a short club meeting with updates on Stars over Yellowstone, Stars over Bozeman, and the upcoming Astronomy Day event. Bring a friend!National Radio Astronomy ObservatoryVLA, The Very Large Array in New MexicoGuide Post to the FutureThe talk puts the VLA in context with the radio astronomy world of today and the past. A detailed narrative of a tour of the entire facility including the inner sanctum of electronics processing. The audience should walk away from the talk with a good understanding of what radio astronomy is all about.
John Bogard to talk Friday, Oct.30 at SMAS meeting
John Bognar, past director of MSU’s high altitude scientific balloon program (BOREALIS,) will talk about the current status of high altitude ballooning.
John has a company (Anasphere) that has developed some radiosonde kits that let students gather their own atmospheric data with sensors they launch on small helium balloons. Their web site anasphere.com summarizes most of the educational work and outreach.