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

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.

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

Octagon Barn Lecture and Star Party, Friday, August 14th, 8 pm “The Copernican Revolution: Myth vs. Reality”

Presented by Harry Ringermacher, Ph.D.

Born just twenty-two years after the invention of Gutenberg’s printing press, Copernicus lived in a tumultuous and changing time. His work challenged the familiar order of society. This presentation will illuminate you on his life and times, his place in society, his relationship with the church. It will explain the science and his ideas that changed it. We will learn how time has remembered Copernicus, the man who on his death bed held a copy of his book and exclaimed with his last breath, “My life – the stars!”

Monthly Astronomy Talks & Dark Sky Star Viewing, Delanson, NY. 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