Saturday morning program
AM - 11:30 PM
Ron Woodland and Rich Sanderson presented The
Solar Eclipse Experience, which focused on all aspects of total
solar eclipses, in anticipation of next year's event. Ron is an
experienced stargazer and astronomy educator and Rich is the Curator
of Physical Science at the Springfield Science Museum. Both are
members of the Springfield Stars Club. If you have had the good
fortune to witness a total eclipse of the sun, you are invited to
share your stories.
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
"THE REAL MARTIAN: EARTH EXPLORES THE RED PLANET" by
Jim J. Zebrowski, NASA Ambassador, passionate stargazer and president of
the Aldrich Astronomical Society.
"STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT: A SURVEY OF THE 20 BRIGHTEST
STARS" by Jack Megas, planetarium educator, Springfield Stars
Club member and founder of the Astronomers’ Conjunction.
"SMARTPHONE APPS FOR STARGAZING” by Tim Connolly,
electron microscopist, astrophotographer and member of the Springfield
Stars Club, the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers’ Association and the
Arunah Hill Natural Science Center.
Saturday evening address
HOLE: HOW AN IDEA HATED BY EINSTEIN WAS FINALLY PROVEN BY A
talk focused on the history of the black-hole idea, finishing with
a discussion about the recent historic detection of gravity
waves. Combining her skills as a journalist with an advanced
degree in physics, Marcia Bartusiak has been covering the fields
of astronomy and physics for more than three decades. She
is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is
the author of six books, including Thursday’s
Universe, Through the Universe Darkly, and Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony,
which focuses on efforts to detect gravity waves.
Her most recent book is Black Hole: How an Idea Abandoned
by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking Became