Octagon Barn Lecture and Star Party, Friday, September 18, 7 pm “A Scientific Sweatshop: The Industrialization of American Science and the Women of Dudley Observatory”

Dudley Observatory’s archivist, Josh Hauck is composing a virtual exhibit for the Dudley, New York Heritage, and miSci exploring the history of the women in the early 19th century, the “human calculators” for astronomical research of the Dudley observatory and at many other research venues.

In the early part of the twentieth century, a small independent observatory undertook a scientific task that would have challenged much larger institutions: to create a catalogue recording the infinitesimal motions of the stars in the sky.  Under the leadership of Lewis Boss, the Dudley Observatory succeeded in fixing the positions of over 30,000 stars, requiring the use of a very special telescope, a great deal of Carnegie money and the largest crew of young women in American astronomy.

His research has uncovered records and photographs documenting the lives and work accomplished in this “pre-electronics” era of applied mathematics and astronomical exploration and what might be considered scientific sweatshop work.

Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Road, Delanson NY 12053

Night Sky Adventures @ miSci Tuesday, September 15, 7 pm “Total Lunar Eclipse”

On September 27, a total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and western Asia.  Learn what to expect and how to observe this phenomenon at our Night Sky Adventures this month.  An all ages event.

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

Night Sky Adventures @ miSci Tuesday, August 18, 8pm “Perseids Meteor Shower”

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 bright meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24 and peaks on the night of August 12th and the morning of the 13th. The thin crescent moon will be no match for the bright Perseids this year so be prepared for best viewing from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

miSci, 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
(518) 382-7890 ext 259

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

Star Parties sponsored by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers and NYS Parks

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

2015 upcoming dates:

Friday, July 24, 8:30 PM
September 18, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 16, 6:45 PM
Friday, November 13, 6:45 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.

Dudley’s Night Sky Adventures @ miSci

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 8pm – New Horizons at Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Pluto after a nine and a half year journey. Launched on January 19, 2006, this will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. New Horizons will give us our first close-up views of the dwarf planet and its moons. After passing Pluto, the spacecraft will continue on to the Kuiper belt to examine some of the other icy bodies at the edge of the Solar System.

Dudley’s Night Sky Adventures @ miSci

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 7pm – June Solstice & Mercury.

The June solstice occurs at 16:38 UTC on June 21st. The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude. This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere. And on June 24 – Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 22.5 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.