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.
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
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
If you have a solar scope, please bring it
along to share Bob's star with others.
Saturday afternoon program
- 5:00 PM
REAL MARTIAN: EARTH
EXPLORES THE RED PLANET" by Jim J. Zebrowski, NASA
Ambassador, passionate stargazer and president of the Aldrich
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.
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
HOLE: HOW AN IDEA HATED BY EINSTEIN WAS FINALLY PROVEN BY A
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
talk will focus on the history of the black-hole idea, finishing with
a discussion about the recent historic detection of gravity waves.