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Current Events - October 2007

The Great World Wide Star Count

Join us this coming October for an exciting new citizen science campaign – the Great World Wide Star Count ( This international event encourages everyone to go outside, look skywards after dark, count the stars they see in certain constellations, and report what they see online.

This inaugural Windows After Dark event is designed to raise awareness about light pollution and the night sky as well as encourage learning in astronomy. All the information needed to participate is available on the Star Count Web site. The Star Count uses a simple protocol and an easy data entry form. At the conclusion of the event, the submitted data will be analyzed and a map will be generated highlighting the results of this new citizen science campaign.

Mark your calendars and plan on joining thousands of other students, families, and citizen scientists counting stars this October! The Great World Wide Star Count will be held from October 1st through October 15, 2007.

Please help us get the word out to all interested star counters! Download our flyer at For more information visit or contact

October 12-14 - Warren Rupp Observatory, Mansfield, Ohio

Hidden Hollow Star Party '07

It's back again... And better than ever! Join us on the October 12-14 weekend for the best star party in the northeastern US! --And now around the world as we join in the "World Wide Astrocast"!!

Our guest speakers will include the legendary Phil Harrington, Astro League President Terry Mann, professional astronomer Brent Archinal, Radio JOVE expert Jason Shinn, UFO investigator Mike Best, practical observer Tom Whiting (CPOA), reknown telescope maker Ron Ravneburg, eclipse programs by Mark Friedman of the CAS and atmospheric specialist, Phil Creed. We will also offer a free Baader solar filter "make and take" workshop for those who pre-register, as well as a make and take refractor workshop.

As always, we'll have a stellar array of doorprizes, vendors and displays. Bring your astrophoto displays and ATM scopes - we'll have a contest for them... And a contest for the clubs which bring the most members! Plenty of indoor shelter means a fantastic star party, no matter what the weather.

The cost for the weekend is $40 per person, or $60 for immediate family. Primative camping, lodging in the spacious bunkhouses, or private cabins is also included in the weekend package. There are hot showers and modern restroom facilities as well as food services - right on the spot!

Voted #1 by our visitors as the most scenic, relaxing and friendly star party ever attended, you'll have a magnificent time at our private facility. Nestled in the secluded private resident camp, Hidden Hollow, Warren Rupp Observatory offers some of the darkest skies in the state as well as some very incredible views through the 31" F7 "Blue Beast"! Registration is now open and will close when our maximum guest capacity of 300 is reached. Join us for a great weekend!

Hidden Hollow '07 website

October 13 - International World AstroCast

In addition to the British Astronomical Assn. (UK) and the Society for Popular Astronomy (UK) providing support for World AstroCast the Astronomical League has also agreed to assist in this world first by circulating amongst its members notification of the event. Other national organisations have been contacted and are expected to follow suit. An all star speaker line up is programmed for the first World AstroCast, Scheduled for 13th October 2007. Up to 22 recipient sites worldwide will be able to take part in the first live amateur astronomer telecast.

Currently the following high-profile speakers have agreed to participate Stephen J. O’Meara, John Dobson, Martin Ratcliffe, Phil Harrington, Tom Boles.Tony Vanmunster. A total of nine celebrity speakers are being recruited. The event is being hosted by the Northamptonshire Natural History Society –Astronomy Section (UK). It is intended that there will be simultaneous translation in to four languages. Countries participating will be Australia, New Zealand, India, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Canada. It is expected that between 1000 to 2500 amateurs will be participating in the event. The programme starts at 08-00hrs UT and continues till 20-00hrs UT on the 13th October. This is all part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the astronomy section in the Society.

We are actively looking for partner recipient sites in the USA for this world first event. Please review our website at

For more information please contact:

Michael Finney (NNHS Astronomy section)
Telephone number +44(0) 121 378 5068,
email nnhs_astronomy -at -
SKYPE address michael.finney1


Northamptonshire Natural History Society
The Humfrey Rooms,10 Castilian Terrace,
Northampton, NN1 1LD, England
Web address:

October 12-14, 2007 Stella-Della Valley StarParty

Camp Onas, Ottsville, PA

Join the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association in its 21st year of the Stella-Della Valley StarParty in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The weekend will be filled with vendors, swap meet, a great pizza party with door prizes, guest lecturers and of course two nights of stargazing. Stella Della Valley has built a reputation as a friendly relaxed StarParty where astronomical friends gather from all over southeastern PA, NJ, DE and NY.

For more information contact Dwight Dulsky or visit our website at

Fri.-Sat., October 19 & 20.- Custer Institute and Observatory - Southold, NY


An evening of fun and observing, followed by a full day of lectures and workshops. Details TBA (check our website closer to the date:

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