July 24-26, 2009


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Saturday morning program

10 AM - 12 noon:  Morning roundtable

Astronomy Outreach in IYA 2009

What have you or your astronomy club done to celebrate IYA 2009, the International Year of Astronomy?  This morning's session discussed triumphs, failures, and plans for the rest of the year.

  • Bob Crelin, author of the new children's book Faces of the Moon -- copies will be available for sale at the Conjunction!
  • Richard Sanderson, author and curator of physical science, Springfield (MA) Science Museum.
  • Glenn Chaple, Astronomy magazine contributing editor and columnist.

Conjunction Solar Star Party

"Barlow Bob" Godfrey, Sue and Alan French, and friends treated us to spectacular close-up views of sunspots and solar prominences through specially filtered telescopes.


Saturday afternoon program

The afternoon program got underway at 1 PM.

Meteorites : Thunderstones from Outer Space!  

Jim Zebrowski, President of the Aldrich Astronomical Society (Worcester, MA) and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Astrobiology: Is There Life in the Universe? 

Phil Harrington, associate professor of astronomy at Dowling College, Oakdale, NY; Astronomy magazine contributing editor.

Spectroscopy: Unlocking the Universe  

Ron Woodland, adjunct professor of astronomy at Elms College in Chicopee, MA.

Saturday evening address

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist 
Thomas Levenson

Thomas Levenson is the head of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT and is the author of four books.  His most recent title, Newton and the Counterfeiter, is a fascinating exploration of a little-known chapter in the life of a man who made some of the most profound discoveries in the history of science, Isaac Newton.  Levenson is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries include Einstein Revealed (NOVA).  He also has been published in the Boston Globe, Discover, and The Atlantic Monthly.

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