Night Sky Adventures @ miSci Tuesday, December 15th, 6 pm “December Solstice”

The December solstice occurs on December 22 when the South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Adventure takes place at miSci, museum of innovation and science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, New York 12308 518-382-7890
$ 3 per person, $ 5 per family, free for miSci members.

Lead by astronomy educators and volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group.

Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided by The Dudley.

Family friendly! Programs will be held rain, snow, or shine!

Dudley Observatory @ miSci
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
www.dudleyobservatory.org
(518) 382-7890 ext 259
info@dudleyobservatory.org

Senior Science Day, Monday, December 7th, 3 pm

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for senior citizens! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by our Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. Each day we will focus on a specific astronomy topic. Topics to be covered throughout the program include: Exploring our Solar System, NASA’s Great Observatories, Searching for alien life, Einstein’s theories explained, current space news, and more! No astronomy knowledge is necessary, just come and enjoy learning! All adults are welcome. Presentation will be given through powerpoint with large print font and videos will have captions when available.

First Monday of every month at miSci

Talk starts at 3pm

Cost: Senior Admission to miSci- $8.00 (for 65+), FREE for miSci members.
Regular adult admission is $9.50

Come early or stay after the lesson to enjoy the many exhibits miSci has to offer! The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm.  You need not be a senior citizen to attend.

The Dudley Observatory at miSci, (museum of innovation and science)
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
518-382-7890 ex. 259

Click here for directions

Octagon Barn Lecture and Star Party, Friday, November 20, 2015, 7 pm

“Exoplanets: hidden in the light”

Ben Placek, Ph.D., Instructor of Physics Schenectady County Community College

How do we make use of minute details in starlight to determine the presence and even characteristics of planets around other stars, or exoplanets?  We’ll review notable discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope and expectations for future space-based telescopes.

Monthly Astronomy Talks & Dark Sky Star Viewing, Delanson, New York, Fridays in 2015

Family friendly.  Programs will be held rain or shine.
Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes.
Free Admission – $5 donation graciously accepted

Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Road, Delanson NY 12053

Night Sky Adventures @ miSci Tuesday, November 17th, 6 pm “Buying a Telescope for your Family Clinic ”

If your plans include the possibility of buying a telescope you’ll not want to miss this event. Members of Dudley Observatory and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers will be presenting a family clinic for telescope purchase decisions. The evening will also have a Winter Star Planetarium program.

The Adventure takes place at miSci, museum of innovation and science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, New York 12308 518-382-7890
$ 3 per person, $ 5 per family, free for miSci members.

Lead by astronomy educators and volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group.

Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided by The Dudley.

Family friendly! Programs will be held rain or shine!

Dudley Observatory @ miSci
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
www.dudleyobservatory.org
(518) 382-7890 ext 259
info@dudleyobservatory.org

Skywatch Lecture, Friday, November 13, “Mars – The Wet Red Planet.”

Part of the miSci museum of innovation and science’s Science Festival

miSci’s 2nd Annual Science Festival!

miSci’s 2nd Annual Science Festival!

“Mars – The Wet Red Planet.”,  Dr. Valerie Rapson, Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer

Lecture 6 pm, Star Party 7-9 pm (weather permitting)

Valerie recently obtained a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on how stars and planets form. She is a National Astronomy Ambassador, and has spent many years teaching people of all ages about the wonders of the Universe. Join Valerie as she discusses the recent news of liquid water on present-day Mars. Learn about the history of Martian exploration, the search for water and life, and the possibility of astronauts traveling to Mars in the future.

 

Admission to the Dudley Observatory Skywatch Lecture and Star Party is $10 per adult and $15 per family.

Senior Science Day, Monday, November 2, 2015

November Topic: Water on Mars!


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marswholeThe Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for senior citizens! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by our Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson. Each day we will focus on a specific astronomy topic. Topics to be covered throughout the program include: Exploring our Solar System, NASA’s Great Observatories, Searching for alien life, Einstein’s theories explained, current space news, and more! No astronomy knowledge is necessary, just come and enjoy learning! All adults are welcome. Presentation will be given through powerpoint with large print font and videos will have captions when available.

First Monday of every month at miSci

Talk starts at 3pm

Cost: Senior Admission to miSci- $8.00 (for 65+), FREE for miSci members.
Regular adult admission is $9.50

Come early or stay after the lesson to enjoy the many exhibits miSci has to offer! The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm.  You need not be a senior citizen to attend.

 

Night Sky Adventures at miSci Tuesday, October 20, 6 pm “Full Hunters Moon, Supermoon and Planet Conjunction”

On October 27th, the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Hunters Moon because at this time of year the leaves are falling and the game is fat and ready to hunt. This is also the last of three supermoons for 2015 where it may look slightly larger and brighter than usual because its at its closest approach to the Earth.  And on October 28 a rare, 3-planet conjunction will be visible on the morning of October 28. Look to the east just before sunrise for this spectacular event where planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter will form a tight 1-degree triangle.

Takes place at miSci, museum of innovation and science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, New York 12308   518-382-7890

$ 3 per person, $5 per family, free for miSci members.

Lead by astronomy educators and volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group.  We practice identifying stars, constellations, and dark sky objects both through telescopes (weather permitting) and indoors in the planetarium.

Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided by The Dudley.

Family friendly!  Programs will be held rain or shine!

Dudley Observatory @ miSci
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
www.dudleyobservatory.org
(518) 382-7890 ext 259
info@dudleyobservatory.org

Octagon Barn Lecture and Star Party, Friday, October 16, 2015, 7 pm

“Do Black Holes Destroy Information?”

Oleg Lunin, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Physics, University at Albany 

How did the Universe begin? Do black holes destroy information? Can general relativity be unified with quantum mechanics? String theory, being the most promising approach to quantum gravity, attempts to answer these questions. After reviewing the properties of black holes and the information paradox associated with them, this talk will discuss the progress towards the resolution of the paradox made over the last decade.

At each Octagon Barn Star Party we provide an interesting and informative presentation in the barn along with light refreshments. If the sky is clear we head out to view the night sky. Telescopes are provided, amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes as well. Programs will be held rain or shine. Check our website www.dudleyobservatory.org for details on the speakers at each party.

Monthly Astronomy Talks & Dark Sky Star Viewing, Delanson, New York, Fridays in 2015

Family friendly.  Programs will be held rain or shine.

Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes.

Free Admission – $5 donation graciously accepted

Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Road, Delanson NY 12053

Lunar Eclipse- September 27, 2015

lunar_eclipse_explainer3Join the Dudley Observatory for the September 27th full lunar eclipse! On this night, the moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, making it appear blood red in the sky. The eclipse will occur from ~8:00pm to 1:30am the night of September 27th, with totality (full eclipse) occurring from ~10-11:30pm. miSci will be open (rain or shine) from 8-11:30pm with moon activities indoors and eclipse observing outdoors. Members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group and Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer Valerie Rapson will be on hand with telescopes to help everyone enjoy the view.

This is the last full lunar eclipse until 2018. You won’t want to miss it!

Moon activities and eclipse observing are free with museum admission. See misci.org/info for museum information.

International Observe the Moon Night @ miSci, September 19, 7pm

International Observe the Moon Night 

September 19 is International Observe the Moon Night, an annual event to encourage observInternational Observe the Moon Night 2015ation, appreciation, and understanding of the Moon and planetary science. The event is sponsored by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

There will be an International Observe the Moon Night event with the Dudley Observatory at miSci starting at 7pm. The event is free with miSci admission and will be held rain or shine.

The Dudley Observatory @ miSci
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
518-382-7890 ex. 259 – office, 518-382-7890 ex. 229 – Nightly Skywatch Line
www.dudleyobservatory.org info@dudleyobservatory.org

For more information go to http://observethemoonnight.org/