August 29-31, 2008
Saturday morning program
AM: The morning
kicks off with a welcome over coffee and donuts at the Northfield Mountain
Environmental Center. The Conjunction's Swap
Table, where astronomical goodies are bought and sold all day
long also opens at 9.
AM - 12 noon: Morning roundtable
in the Next 25 Years: Where are We Going?
pollution and enacting local legislation
Future of the Amateur Telescope
clubs: Where's the Next Generation?
prepared to discuss these important issues. Or add your own!
Conjunction Solar Star Party
Marantino, Sue and Alan French,
treated us to spectacular close-up views of sunspots and solar prominences
through specially filtered telescopes.
Saturday afternoon program
afternoon program got underway at 1 PM.
Needles in a Haystack: Analyzing Scanned Images of the of the Harvard
Observatory Plate Collection by Ed Los, staff member of
Harvard College Observatory and a member of the ATMs of Boston and the
New Hampshire Astronomical Society.
Black Holes by Kevin Kopchynski, astronomy
educator at the Springfield Science Museum, naturalist, and a member of
the Springfield Stars Club.
Astrophotography, Pretty Cheap by Larry Landolfi,
astrophotographer extraordinaire (visit Larry's web site here).
Saturday evening address
Eccentrics, Old Maids,
and Just Plain Maids: The Pioneering Women Spectroscopists of
Dr. Kristine Larsen
Dr. Larsen has been a
faculty member at Central Connecticut State University since 1989,
where she is currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy and
Director of the university honors program. She is the author of two
books, Stephen Hawking: A Biography, and Cosmology 101,
as well as numerous articles and presentations. Although trained in
theoretical physics, her research has focused on astronomy
education, the history of women in astronomy, and the use of
scientific concepts by fantasy and science fiction writers such as
J.R.R. Tolkien. Dr. Larsen is also dedicated to public outreach in
astronomy, mainly through the Copernican Observatory and Planetarium
at CCSU and her work with the Springfield Telescope Makers in
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