July 8-10, 2016

NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS


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2016 WRAP-UP

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PROGRAM

Saturday morning program

10:00 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.


Saturday afternoon program

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

7:30 PM

“BLACK HOLE: HOW AN IDEA HATED BY EINSTEIN WAS FINALLY PROVEN BY A GRAVITY-WAVE SONG”

Marcia Bartusiak

Marcia’s 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 Loved.  


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