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.
"THE UNIVERSE ACCORDING TO CHAPLE"
by Jack Megas, planetarium educator and founder of "The
Conjunction." Jack will interview Glenn Chaple, author of
Exploring With a Telescope (1988) and Outer Planets (2009) as
well as the popular "Observing Basics" column for
"Astronomy" magazine. An expert observer, Chaple has
over 80,000 variable star observations to his credit.
All Day: Conjunction
"Barlow Bob" Memorial Solar Star Party
|Named in honor of
"Barlow" Bob Godfrey, a well known and highly enthusiastic
popularizer of solar observing, 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 and writers and are 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
If you have a solar scope, please bring it
along to share Bob's star with others.
Saturday afternoon program
- 5:00 PM
- "DANCE OF THE POLAR LIGHTS"
by Steve Hubbard, member of the Amateur Astronomical Society of
Rhode Island (Skyscrapers) and accomplished astrophotographer.
- "BUILDING YOUR OWN ANTIQUE
TELESCOPE" by Dick Parker, expert telescope maker and
member of the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, the
Springfield (VT) Telescope Makers and Skyscrapers.
or Robots: The Future of Space Exploration" will
feature presentations by Ed Faits, president of the Arunah Hill
Natural Science Center in Cummington, MA, and Richard Sanderson,
Curator of Physical Science at the Springfield Science Museum.
Faits and Sanderson are both members of the Springfield (MA)
Stars Club. Following a debate-style format, the two will argue
the pros and cons of manned versus unmanned space exploration.
Order will be maintained by moderator Ron Woodland, Conjunction
coordinator and expert astronomy educator. Comments and
discussion from the audience will be encouraged.
OUTDOOR DINNER - Hot and cold buffet-style
gourmet dinners will be available beginning at approximately 6 pm.
Deadline for dinners is Thursday, July 9. Last-minute registrants must
contact Dave Gallup at (413) 525-4697.
Saturday evening address
- "ENCOUNTER WITH PLUTO" by
J. Kelly Beatty.
A Senior Editor for "Sky &
Telescope" magazine, J. Kelly Beatty joined the staff of Sky
Publishing in 1974 and also served as Editor of "Night
Sky." He teaches astronomy at the Dexter-Southfield School in
Brookline, Massachusetts. Beatty specializes in planetary science
and space exploration, so the timing couldn't be better as he
discusses New Horizons' historic close encounter with Pluto, which
will take place only three days after the Conjunction. He
conceived and edited The New Solar System (1981) and is the author
of Exploring the Solar System: Other Worlds (2001). Beatty has
received awards from the American Astronomical Society, the
Astronomical League and the American Geophysical Union. He also is
active in the International Dark-Sky Association.