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We will begin the evening with a speaker and, weather permitting, adjourn to the field out back for observing. Attendees are invited to bring their own telescopes or to use scopes provided by the Dudley.
Our presenter this month is
Jake Weiss, Graduate Student, RPI
Friday, May 15, 2015, Matthew Szydagis, Assistant Professor of Physics, University at Albany "The Cosmic Dark Matter and Liquid Xenon"
Friday, June 12, 2015, Kevin Knuth, Associate Professor of Physics and Informatics, University at Albany
Friday, July 10, 2015, Jake Weiss, Graduate Student, RPI
Friday, August 14, 2015, Harry Ringermacher, Ph.D. presents "The Copernican Revolution: Myth vs. Reality"
Friday, September 18, 2015, Josh Hauck, Archivist presents “A Scientific Sweatshop: The Industrialization of American Science and the Women of Dudley Observatory” Under the guidance of Lewis Boss, the Dudley Observatory went from being an astronomical backwater to producing world quality results. To accomplish this, Boss had to use an assembly line method, a great deal of Carnegie money and a large number of female computers.
Friday, October 16, 2015, Oleg Lunin, Assistant Professor of Physics, Ph.D., University at Albany "Do Black Holes Destroy Information?" How did the Universe begin? Do black holes destroy information? Can general relativity be unified with quantum mechanics? String theory, being the most promising approach to quantum gravity, attempts to answer these questions. After reviewing the properties of black holes and the information paradox associated with them, this talk will discuss the progress towards the resolution of the paradox made over the last decade.
Friday, November 20, 2015, Ben Placek, Ph.D., Instructor of Physics, Schenectady County Community College
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at Pluto after a nine and a half year journey. Launched on January 19, 2006, this will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto. New Horizons will give us our first close-up views of the dwarf planet and its moons. After passing Pluto, the spacecraft will continue on to the Kuiper belt to examine some of the other icy bodies at the edge of the Solar System.
August 18, 8pm - Perseids Meteor Shower.
September 15, 7pm - Total Lunar Eclipse.
October 20, 6pm - Full Moon, Supermoon and Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter.
November 17, 6pm – Buying a telescope for your Family Clinic and Winter Star Planetarium program.
December 15, 6pm - December Solstice.
Professor and Board President Heidi Newberg gives a public talk on the existence of Dark Matter, the first talk for the Dark Matter Research Center.
Professor Heidi Newberg- Public Lecture on Dark Matter
The Mystery of Stonehenge, part 1 - 1965
The Mystery of Stonehenge, Part 2 - 1965
The Sun - 1953
Skylab Interior - 1973
The Moon - 1953
Project S-55 - ca. 1960
The Solar System - 1953
Planets in Orbit - 1959
Ranger VII Photographs of the Moon - 1964
Encyclopedia Britannica: The Moon - 1936
A Trip to the Moon - 1957
The Sikhote-Aline Meteorite - 1956
Science in Space - 1966
The Story of Palomar - 1948
The prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career. Dr. Newberg received her prize for work on Supernova Cosmology Project. Congratulations Heidi !
Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, 2015 at 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Annual club meeting and star party)
Friday and Saturday, September 11 and 12, 2015 at 8:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm
2015 upcoming dates:
Friday, July 24, 8:30 PM
September 18, 7:30 PM
Friday, October 16, 6:45 PM
Friday, November 13, 6:45 PM
Starwatches East is holding stargazing events at Grafton Lakes State Park at the Deerfield Pavilion. These programs are open to the public and are sponsored by NYS Parks and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.
When arriving after dark, please use the Winter Entrance and follow the signs. In the event of rain or heavy clouds, the starwatch will NOT be held on the scheduled Friday, but will be held the next evening, Saturday, again weather permitting.
The physical address is 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082. Call Starwatches East coordinators, Bernard 518/658-9144 or Ray 518/658-3138 for information on possible cancellations. For directions call the park office at 279-1155.
Dates for 2015:
Friday, July 10, 9:00 PM
Friday, August 14, 8:30 PM
Starwatches East is holding these stargazing events at Cherry Plain State Park. This program is open to the public and is sponsored by NYS Parks and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers. When arriving after dark, please use the Winter Entrance and follow the signs. In the event of rain or heavy clouds, the starwatch will NOT be held on the scheduled Friday, but will be held the next evening, Saturday, again weather permitting.
The physical address is 26 State Park Road, Cherry Plain, NY 12040. Call Starwatches East coordinators, Bernard 518/658-9144 or Ray 518/658-3138 for information on possible cancellations. For directions call the park office at 279-1155. Visit the AAAA portion of this website for directions, instructions and general information about star parties.
Union College Observatory Open Houses for 2015 dates to be announced.
DUE TO A WATER MAIN BREAK IN THE BUILDING, Open Houses are POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Clear weather only!
Please go into Astronomy classroom, room 301 on the 3rd
floor of Olin Science Center, then up stairs to dome.
Additional open houses and rain dates may be
announced on our web page at uobserve.com
Viewing targets can include: the Moon, Saturn and its moons, Mars, as well as deep sky objects beyond the solar system such as double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
Come view the skies through our 20" reflecting telescope on the roof of the Olin Science Center! Open houses are free and open to the public.
Open houses for the general public are offered monthly, frequently timed near the first-quarter moon. These are clear-weather only events, so we are closed if there is any precipitation, strong winds, or mostly cloudy conditions. Note that with the exception of Homecoming and ReUnion weekends, all open houses are free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Only for Homecoming and ReUnion open houses do we issue tickets at the Reamer Campus Center, and these tickets are free. The observatory hotline (518)-388-7100 announces the date and time of open houses as well as announces last-minute cancellations. These cancellations are often decided only 1/2 hour prior to the opening time, unless rain or fully-cloudy conditions make it obvious we cannot open.
Open houses will be canceled in the event of cloudy, rainy or snowy weather. Cancellations will be announced through the hotline at 388-7100.
The Union Observatory is located on the top of the Olin Center (off room 301), northeast of the Nott Memorial next to the Reamer Campus Center.
For additional information on the Open House or Dudley Observatory, contact Observatory Manager Francis Wilkin at (518) 388-6344 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.Union College, F.W. Olin Center, 807 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12308 (518) 388-6000. Further information may be found on the observatory website http://uobserve.com/
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Fourteen films, archived for over fifty years, are making their debut on the new Dudley Observatory YouTube Channel today. The fascinating visuals of early astronomical documentaries and research materials will delight scientists and historians as well as the general public. To access the channel, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCExE2X58CRKN_GoSKtdQIzA. Highlights include: Trip to the Moon, The Mystery of Stonehenge, Adirondack Visions, and The Sikhote-Aline Meteorite.
“These short films enable easy access to important, and in their time, ground-breaking experiments made by Dudley astronomers, such as Curtis Hemenway’s rocket launches,” said Elissa Kane, interim executive director. “These 14 selections show the breadth of the archive – from raw footage in the field to educational films produced mid-century. Our collection is huge, and it is our intention to release new items to the channel regularly in our role as the Capital District’s Astronomy Resource.”
In addition to the new YouTube channel, the Dudley Observatory hosts and co-sponsors internships, professional development, school and community educational experiences, and star gazing in local rural locations where viewing is best.
The Dudley Observatory was chartered in 1852, and is currently housed at miSci, in Schenectady, New York. It is the oldest organization in the U.S. outside of academia and government dedicated to the support of astronomical research, and continues to serve the Capital Region through educational programs such as star parties, inflatable planetarium programs, and astronomy program partnerships.
We wish to thank the following for their generous support of these programs!
- Stewart's Shops
- Times Union
- "Hope Fund" of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
We were chartered by the State of New York in 1852, is the oldest independent organization in the United States supporting research and education in astronomy and the history of astronomy. Our library contains one of the world's finest collections of historically significant astronomical texts, including rare books of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. The Dudley Observatory Archives is a fascinating collection of historical records pertaining to both astronomy and Albany.
The Dudley Observatory was founded through the generosity of those who saw our Capital Region as an economic and intellectual center, the "Tech Valley" of its day. In the last 150 years, the Dudley Observatory has periodically changed the focus of its work to reflect the needs of the community.
During the 20th century, Dudley Observatory astronomers achieved world class status with their accurate determination of the positions and motions of more than 30,000 stars. These observations form the sole example in the history of astronomy of the precise position and proper motion determination of all stars visible to the unaided eye with a single high precision telescope.
The current focus of the Dudley Observatory is on using astronomy to promote science education, with an emphasis on education, recruitment and early career development in science and technology. We have enjoyed a great deal of success with projects that fire the imaginations of the young, nurture them through the early stages of career development, and instill a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of science.
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