Current Events - August 2007

August 10 & 11 - Stars Over Yellowstone 2007

Join us in Yellowstone National Park for a weekend of star and solar gazing.

Friday August 10, 2007 at 9:00 p.m. at the Madison Campground for a talk by Dr. Shane Larson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Weber State University, Utah, "Oases in the Dark: Galaxies as Probes of the Cosmos" followed by star gazing in the meadow. Saturday August 11th 2:00-5:00 p.m. solar gazing at Old Faithful temporary Ranger Station.

Saturday August 11th 9:00 p.m. another talk by Dr. Larson "Monsters in the Cosmic Sea: Black Holes and Einstein’s Astronomical Legacy" followed by star gazing in the amazing night skies of Yellowstone National Park at the Madison meadow. Sponsored by the NPS, Museum of the Rockies and SMAS - Southwestern Montana Astronomy Society.

August 3-5 - Cosmos In the Classroom

National Conference On Teaching Introductory Astronomy at Pomona College

"Cosmos in the Classroom 2007," a national three-day, hands-on symposium on teaching astronomy to non-science majors, will be held from August 3 - 5, 2007 at Pomona College in Southern California. The meeting is sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, with co-sponsorship by the American Astronomical Society, JPL, and other astronomical and educational organizations.

The meeting is open to everyone who teaches astronomy, at university, college, high-school, or informal settings. New instructors, part-time instructors, graduate students, and post docs are most welcome.

For updated information and to get on the mailing list for the meeting, please go to the conference web site:

August 8-12, 2007 - Mt Bachelor Star Party


Visit us at!

Located at the beautiful Mt Bachelor Ski Resort near Bend, Oregon, the Mt Bachelor Star Party offers dark sky observing at an elevation of 5,800 feet. Our star party enjoys the full benefits of a lodge, great food, indoor meeting facilities, heated restrooms, special programs, evening day care, hiking trails during the day, and all with a full view of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains. The City of Bend and Sunriver Resort are less than an hour away.

Join us for a great event this August!

August 9-12 - Stellafane 2007 - Springfield, VT

The 72nd Convention of Amateur Telescope Makers will be held on Breezy Hill in Springfield, VT from August 9-12. For the first time gates will open on Thursday allowing 3 nights of observing. The NERAL meeting, as always, will be held on Saturday at the Pink Clubhouse.

Information at

August 9-12 - Indiana Family Star Party/GreatCon 2007

The 5th annual Indiana Family Star Party and a convention of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League will be held August 9-12 under the dark rural skies of Camp Cullom, home of the Prairie Grass Observatory. Daytime events include speakers, and the Great Lakes Region of the AL will have contests for astrophotography, telescope making, and an astro-quiz. Observing all night on the observing field, and at the observatory.

Sponsored by the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society, Indiana Astronomical Society, and the Muncie Astronomy Club.

Russ Kaspar 765-659-4451

John Mahony 765-543-6474

Custer Institute - August 11


An evening of classical music performed by a quartet of talented musicians against a slide show backdrop.

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2007, from 8:00 - 9:30 PM

SUGGESTED DONATION: $10 for Custer Members; $13 for Non-Members

WHERE: Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road (South of Rte. 25), Southold, NY

FOR INFO: Email: or call 631-765-2626

FULL TEXT:An evening of classical music performed against a slide show backdrop. The quartet of talented artists features Anne Verticchio onviolin, along with Ted Hoyle, Katie Gallagher, and Daniel Gladstone. Selections include: Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18, No. 1;Dvorak's "Bagatelles" (Op 47), Handel's Trio Sonata Op. 5, Arvo Part's "Fraters" and "Speigel im Speigel." Join us after for refreshments and a Perseid Meteor Shower Party.


Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to watch the renmants from Comet Swift-Tuttle and observe the night sky through telescopes.

WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 2007, from 9:30 PM until Midnight (at least)

SUGGESTED DONATION: Free but donations appreciated

WHERE: Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road (South of Rte. 25), Southold, NY

FOR INFO: Email: or call 631-765-2626

FULL TEXT:While the main show won't begin until 11PM on August 12, a greater than usual frequency of meteors can be seen for a few daysbefore and after most meteor showers as we pass through the trail of comet debris. So bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join us atCuster to watch the remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The night will include guided observing through Custer's telescopes.Refreshments available.

CONTACT: Donna L. McCormick, Chair, Programs & Publicity 631-765-2626

August 11-12 - Toledo AA - August 2007 Star Party

Pioneer Scout Reservation, Pioneer, Ohio
$12.00 Per Person
Includes: Camping – Viewing – Dinner (Breakfast available for $4.00)

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August 17-19 - Montana StarWatch

Dark skies at 7,000 ft. elevation highlight this annual event put on by the Central Montana Astronomy Society which is located in the Lewis and Clark National Forest of Central Montana. See our website for information and directions to Harley Park this August 17-19.


e-mail: John Thomas

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