Saturday morning program
kicked 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 opened at 9.
AM - 12 noon: Morning roundtable
all seen examples of bad astronomy in the media, whether it was
watching a movie, reading the newspaper, of catching the evening
news. Bad astronomy is everywhere. In this roundtable
discussion, panelists Kevin Kopchynski, Glenn Chaple, and Richard
Sanderson joined moderator Ron Woodland to describe some of those
moments that have made them cringe.
All Day: Conjunction Solar Star Party
Godfrey treated us to
some spectacular close-up views of sunspots and solar prominences
through specially filtered telescopes.
Bob, for coming all the way from Utica to share "your"
star with us!
Saturday afternoon program
- 4:30 PM
OUTDOOR DINNER - A
complete hot and cold buffet-style dinner will be
available beginning at approximately 6 PM. Last-minute
registrants must contact Dave Gallup at (413) 525-4697.
Saturday evening address
The Day We Found the Universe
narrative of the discovery of the true nature and startling size of
the universe, delving back past the moment of revelation to trace the
decades of workóby a select group of scientistsóthat made it
Combining her skills as
a journalist with an advanced degree in physics, Marcia Bartusiak has
been covering the fields of astronomy and physics for three decades.
Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor with the Graduate
Program in Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Bartusiak is the author of Thursday's
Universe, a layman's guide to the frontiers of
astrophysics and cosmology, Through
a Universe Darkly, a history of astronomers'
centuries-long quest to discover the universe's composition, and Einstein's
Unfinished Symphony, about the on-going attempt to detect
gravity waves, the last experimental test of Einstein's theory of
general relativity. All three were named notable science books by The
New York Times. She also co-authored A Positron Named Priscilla,
a National Academy of Sciences book on cutting-edge science. Her
latest books are Archives
of the Universe, a history of the major discoveries
in astronomy told through 100 of the original scientific publications,
Day We Found the Universe.