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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Best Seats on the Planet for Star Gazing
BY ELIZABETH BRANCA
PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 31, 2013
During the clear, crisp nights of winter, there is no better time to bundle up and head outdoors to take in the spectacular star-dotted skies of the Upper East Side of Texas.
Because the atmosphere during colder weather is usually calm, the stars at night appear even brighter than normally seen during the more turbulent summer.
One group of devoted star gazers is the Astronomical Society of East Texas (ASET). They regularly hold free activities including family-friendly star gazing parties around the region and at the Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) at Tyler Junior College.
CESSE is a first-of-its-kind facility in East Texas. With a 40-foot Spitz nano-seam domed theatre, the planetarium features an immersive, full-dome video experience as well as a state-of-the-art exhibit hall.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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Thursday, September 5, 2013
PUBLIC ASTRONOMY LECTURE SERIES
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education will be hosting the Fall 2013 Public Astronomy Lecture Series beginning Saturday, September 7, 2013. The Public Astronomy Lecture Series (PALS) began in 2004 under the directorship of Dr. Tom Hooten and continues today as part of the science and education outreach of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Lectures and demonstrations are presented throughout the fall semester by academic experts and scholars who speak about timely and interesting topics related to science, education, and public outreach. The topics are entertaining and presented to the general public. Everyone is invited. The cost is $5 per person.
Public Astronomy Lecture Series for the Fall 2013 Semester
Dr. Tom Hooten, Ed.D. is professor of physics and director of The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. He holds advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University—Commerce in physics, astronomy, and higher education. His fields of expertise include chromospherically active stars and the relationship between science and pseudoscience. He has published over a dozen papers in peer review journals and for popular press.
“The Story of the Big Bang.” It’s the best scientific explanation for the origin of the universe, and, yet, most people do not understand it. This lecture will be presented for the general audience and describe the historical development of the big bang cosmological model, some of the scientific problems it has overcome, and what the future may hold for the expanding universe.
Saturday, Sept 7, 2013, beginning at 7:00PM
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education on the Tyler Junior College main campus.
1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701
October 5, 2013, Assistant Director Justin Parish, M.S., “The Universe in a Meter”
November 2, 2013, Professor Douglas Parsons, M.S., “Comet ISON”
November 23, 2013, Dr. Karl Giberson, Ph.D., “America’s Creation-Evolution Controversy”
November 24, 2013, Science & Faith Panel Discussion
For more information please visit http://www.tjc.edu/cesse/ or phone 903-510-2312.
Posted by Robert Brown at 7:08 AM
This is coming up October 2-5 for anyone interested in heading to New Mexico.
The Enchanted Skies Star Party, held in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. We continue our 20 year tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, observing at 10,600ft, and we'll gather on Saturday night for an evening of great food, Southwestern entertainment and excellent, dark-sky observing. Socorro's dry, high-desert climate, dark skies, and friendly small-town environment provide an excellent dark sky observing experience.
Join us for dark sky observing, astronomy workshops, door prizes, lectures, and insider tours of the Very Large Array and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.
Nightly observing, lectures, and camping will take place at the Etscorn Campus Observatory and at our official "Dark Sky Site", the Fort Craig National Historic Site, located only about 30 miles South of Socorro.
http://www.enchantedskies.org/ - click here to read all about it.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The annual Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this week, is dazzling sky-watchers around the world.
Here, a bright fireball is caught lighting up the starry skies above Teutonia Peak in the Mojave National Preserve in California on August 10, more than a day before the official maximum activity peak for the Perseid meteors. (Read more on enjoying the Perseid meteor shower.)
Considered the most visually stunning meteor shower of 2013, the Perseids peak every August, when the Earth slams into a giant cloud of debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle along its orbit.
While most meteors zipping across the skies are no bigger than a grain of sand, fireballs like the one pictured above can be anywhere from the size of a grapefruit to the size of a basketball. The resulting high-speed impact causes unusually bright meteors, which astronomers call bolides, which can cast shadows and even a lingering smoke trail.
Click here to read the whole story on National Geographic.com
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