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    miSci Announces April Break Hands-on Science Classes for Kids

    Hands-on Fun for Children in Grades 3 through 8

    miSci (museum of innovation and science) is offering April Break Hands-on Science Classes, hands-on fun for children in third through eighth grade, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18. Registration is open and space is limited.


    miSci is offering the following classes during April Break:

    · Astro Kids (grades 3 – 5)

    Take a journey into space and learn all about our solar system! Investigate black holes, comets, and constellations. Learn why the planets move, make a star map, and fit a solar system in your pocket.

    · Engineering Mission (grades 6 – 8)

    Learn some basic principles of engineering and science. What makes a structure sturdy? Can you design a building to withstand an earthquake? A lunar lander for the moon? Test your building skills as a junior engineer!

    Cost for each 5-day class is $200. There is a 10% discount for miSci members and for a second child in class. Before and after care is available at an additional $10 per hour. Students provide their own lunches. Registration and pre-payment are required. Call 382-7890 x 237 to register or for more information. miSci is located at 15 Nott Terrace Heights in Schenectady.

    miSci (museum of innovation and science), 15 Nott Terrace Heights,

    Schenectady, NY 12308 Phone: 518-382-7890 •; Fax: 518-382-7893




    Click here for information on our Astronomy Summer Institute for Teachers 2014 Space Science and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

    to be held Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18, 2014

    Octagon Barn Star Parties and Landis Arboretum Star Parties return in March 2014.

    Octagon Barn Parties begin with a

    Messier Marathon

    Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Programs will be held rain or shine.

    Free Admission - $5 donation graciously accepted

    Hosted by and at the Pokorny’s Octagon Barn,

    588 Middle Road, Delanson NY 12053

    Click here for directions

    Octagon Star Party Schedule for 2014:

    March 28 & 29, 2014 7pm

    – Messier’s Marathon -

    We’ll be looking for as many objects in the sky this night and early morning. More information to follow. A Messier marathon is an attempt, usually organized by amateur astronomers, to find as many Messier objects as possible during one night. The Messier catalogue was compiled by French astronomer Charles Messier during the late 18th century and consists of 110 relatively bright deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters). At low northern latitudes, it is possible to observe all Messier objects in one night during a window of a few weeks from mid-March to early April. In that period the dark nights around the time of the new moon are best for a Messier Marathon.

    Friday February 28, 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    "Family Fun: Winter Astronomy at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center"

    Delmar, New York

    Join us for a close look at seasonal constellations and other heavenly bodies. Center staff will provide a naked-eye overview of the winter sky (binoculars optional), while members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers train telescopes on fascinating deep-sky objects for you to view. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. Dress for outdoor fun. The program is free, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, February 26. In the event of cloud cover, this program may be postponed until March 7.

    Contact:5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us Additional Information http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html

     

    Location: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Rd, Delmar, NY 12054 get directions here

    Additional Octagon Star Parties in 2014 will be:

    April 18, 7:30pm
    May 23, 8pm
    June 27, 8pm
    July 25, 8pm
    August 22, 8pm
    September 19, 7pm
    October 17, 7pm
    November 14, 7pm

    Star Parties sponsored by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers at Landis Arboretum are:

    March 21 & 22 at 8:30 pm
    April 25 & 26 at 9:00 pm
    May 30 & 31 at 10:00 pm
    June 27 & 28 at 10:00 pm
    July 18 & 19 at 10:00 pm
    August 2 at Noon (Saturday) "Sun Party" - safe solar viewing
    August 21 at 7:30 pm (Thursday) club meeting and star party
    August 29 & 30 at 9:00 pm
    September 26 & 27 at 8:00 pm
    October 24 &25 at 8:00 pm
    November 21 & 22 at 8:00 pm

    Visit the AAAA portion of this website for directions, instructions and general information about star parties.

    Star Parties sponsored by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers and NYS Parks at Grafton Lakes State Park in the Deerfield Pavilion:

    March 28 at 8:00 pm
    April 18 at 8:30 pm
    May 23 at 9:00 pm
    June 20 at 9:00 pm
    July 25 at 9:00 pm
    August 22 at 8:00 pm
    September 19 at 7:30 pm
    October 17 at 7:30 pm
    November 14 at 7:30 pm

    Starwatches East is holding stargazing events at Grafton Lakes State Park at the Deerfield Pavilion. These programs are open to the public and are sponsored by NYS Parks and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.

    When arriving after dark, please use the Winter Entrance and follow the signs. In the event of rain or heavy clouds, the starwatch will NOT be held on the scheduled Friday, but will be held the next evening, Saturday, again weather permitting.

    The physical address is 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082. Call Starwatches East coordinators, Bernard 518/658-9144 or Ray 518/658-3138 for information on possible cancellations. For directions call the park office at 279-1155.

    Visit the AAAA portion of this website for directions, instructions and general information about star parties.

    Star Parties sponsored by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers and NYS Parks at Cherry Plain State Park:

    August 1 at 8:30 pm

    Starwatches East is holding this stargazing event at Cherry Plain State Park. This program is open to the public and is sponsored by NYS Parks and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.

    When arriving after dark, please use the Winter Entrance and follow the signs. In the event of rain or heavy clouds, the starwatch will NOT be held on the scheduled Friday, but will be held the next evening, Saturday, again weather permitting.

    The physical address is 26 State Park Road, Cherry Plain, NY 12040.  Call Starwatches East coordinators, Bernard 518/658-9144 or Ray 518/658-3138 for information on possible cancellations. For directions call the park office at 279-1155.



    Visit the AAAA portion of this website for directions, instructions and general information about star parties.

    Union College Observatory Open Houses will be held on:

    Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6-7:30 PM
    Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:30-8 PM
    Monday, April 7,2014, 8-9:30 PM
    Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8:30-10 PM
    Thursday, June 5, 2014 9-10:30 PM

    Open houses for the general public are offered monthly, frequently timed near the first-quarter moon. These are clear-weather only events, so we are closed if there is any precipitation, strong winds, or mostly cloudy conditions. Note that with the exception of Homecoming and ReUnion weekends, all open houses are free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Only for Homecoming and ReUnion open houses do we issue tickets at the Reamer Campus Center, and these tickets are free. The observatory hotline (518)-388-7100 announces the date and time of open houses as well as announces last-minute cancellations. These cancellations are often decided only 1/2 hour prior to the opening time, unless rain or fully-cloudy conditions make it obvious we cannot open.

    Viewers will look through the College’s 20-inch telescope to see such celestial objects as star clusters, binary stars, nebulae, galaxies and more. Open houses will be canceled in the event of cloudy, rainy or snowy weather. Cancellations will be announced through the hotline at 388-7100.

    The Union Observatory is located on the top of the Olin Center (off room 301), northeast of the Nott Memorial next to the Reamer Campus Center.

    For additional information on the Open House or Dudley Observatory, contact Observatory Manager Francis Wilkin at (518) 388-6344 or via e-mail at wilkinf@union.edu.Union College, F.W. Olin Center, 807 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12308 (518) 388-6000. Further information may be found on the observatory website http://uobserve.com/
    Click here for a map.

     


    We wish to thank the following for their generous support of these programs!

    - Stewart's Shops

    - Times Union

    - "Hope Fund" of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

     

    The Dudley Observatory

    We were chartered by the State of New York in 1852, is the oldest independent organization in the United States supporting research and education in astronomy and the history of astronomy. Our library contains one of the world's finest collections of historically significant astronomical texts, including rare books of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.  The Dudley Observatory Archives is a fascinating collection of historical records pertaining to both astronomy and Albany.

    The Dudley Observatory was founded through the generosity of those who saw our Capital Region as an economic and intellectual center, the "Tech Valley" of its day.  In the last 150 years, the Dudley Observatory has periodically changed the focus of its work to reflect the needs of the community.

    During the 20th century, Dudley Observatory astronomers achieved world class status with their accurate determination of the positions and motions of more than 30,000 stars. These observations form the sole example in the history of astronomy of the precise position and proper motion determination of all stars visible to the unaided eye with a single high precision telescope.

    The current focus of the Dudley Observatory is on using astronomy to promote science education, with an emphasis on education, recruitment and early career development in science and technology.  We have enjoyed a great deal of success with projects that fire the imaginations of the young, nurture them through the early stages of career development, and instill a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of science.