July 20-21, 2012


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Click here to view a photo log of the 2012 Conjunction.  

Our thanks to photographers Steve Hubbard, Rich Sanderson, and Phil Harrington for submitting their photos of the event!





The Conjunction will kick off again with dinner at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, a family restaurant Route 2 in Gill, MA at 6:30 PM.  If you wish, you can meet us at the Barton Cove parking lot at 6:15 PM, or at the restaurant itself at 6:30.

  • Address: 39 French King Highway Rte. 2, Gill, MA 01354

    Phone: (413) 863-8210

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Given clear skies, we will be at our regular observing site in Fuller's Pasture adjacent the Environmental Center starting at 8 PM on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Why not join us?  Please note that the Environmental Center building will be closed on Friday evening.


Latitude: N42° 36.950'


Astronomical twilight ends


Longitude:  W72° 28.151'

July 20    8:22 PM 10:25 PM 8:56 PM

July 21    8:21 PM 10:23 PM 9:25 PM






Saturday morning program

9 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.

10:00 AM - 11:30 PM


  • A Transit of Venus Adventure at Mount Wilson Observatory

Richard Sanderson

Curator of Physical Science, Springfield (MA) Science Museum

Relive Rich’s California trip to watch the transit from historic Mount Wilson Observatory with this travelogue.


And how about you?  Did you see it?  Did the clouds covering New England part in time?


The video at right of the Transit of Venus was taken at the Westport Astronomical Society's Rolnick Observatory through a 12.5" Newtonian. This was streamed live in High Definition over the internet during the Transit.

All Day: Conjunction Solar Star Party

"Barlow Bob" Godfrey and friends will treat us to spectacular close-up views of the sun through specially filtered telescopes.

Saturday afternoon program

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Cosmic Challenge

Phil Harrington

Contributing editor, Astronomy magazine


Copies of Phil's latest book, Cosmic Challenge, will be available for purchase and autographing after his talk.

  • Saturday Morning Star-toons

Glenn Chaple

Columnist, Astronomy magazine



  • Believe It or Not: Science in the Age of Misinformation

Richard Sanderson

Curator of Physical Science, Springfield (MA) Science Museum

  • Operation Moonwatch: Amateur/Professional Collaboration at the Dawn of the Space Age

Ron Woodland

Longtime astronomy educator and Conjunction coordinator

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

7:30 PM

Politics and the Dimensions of the Solar System:  Colonial American Observations of the Transit of Venus


Sara J. Schechner, Ph.D.

David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

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