July 8-10, 2016

NORTHFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS


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2016 PROGRAM

 

 

FRIDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES

   

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

 

OBSERVING SESSIONS

   

Bring your telescope for the observing sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings at our "Fuller's Pasture" dark-sky viewing site near the Environmental Center. Jupiter, Mars and Saturn will dominate the heavens, together with the thin, waxing crescent moon. Please note that the Environmental Center will not be open on Friday evening.

Location:  

Latitude: N42° 36.950'

Longitude:  W72° 28.151'

Sunset

Astronomical twilight ends

Moonset

8 July 8:30 PM 10:41 PM 11:07 PM

9 July 8:29 PM 10:40 PM 11:36 PM

 

 

SATURDAY ACTIVITIES

   

 

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

  • Ron Woodland and Rich Sanderson will present, "The Solar Eclipse Experience," which will focus 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.


All Day: Conjunction "Barlow Bob" Memorial Solar Star Party

Named in memory of “Barlow” Bob Godfrey, a well known and highly enthusiastic popularizer of solar observing and Conjunction supporter, our solar star party will feature spectacular close-up views of our nearest star through specially-filtered telescopes provided by Sue and Alan French, who are both highly accomplished observers, writers and members of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers in New York.  Sue is the “Deep Sky Wonders” columnist for “Sky & Telescope” magazine and the author of Celestial Sampler and Deep-Sky Wonders.

If you have a solar scope, please bring it along to share Bob's star with others.


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.

OUTDOOR DINNER - Hot and cold buffet-style gourmet dinners will be available beginning at approximately 6 pm. See the registration page for details/prices.


Saturday evening address

7:30 PM

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

Marcia Bartusiak

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.  Marcia’s talk will focus on the history of the black-hole idea, finishing with a discussion about the recent historic detection of gravity waves.


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