"Halloween Science" - Experiment with screaming balloons, floating ghosts and spooky sounds (for chidren ages 6-10 and their families). Masks are required and attendance may be limited. Note: We will not have a workshop on October 23rd. Instead visit the WI Science Festival (see below under "Special Events").
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of the month. This program will be offered only in person. Masks are required.
November 9 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"Can the Milky Way Cast a Shadow" by John Rummel.
When amateur astronomers (or others who value pristine dark skies) want to underscore just HOW dark their favored location is, they often invoke the "it was so dark you could see your shadow by the light of the Milky Way" line.
But could it be true? Is it possible? After all, the Milky Way is large, diffuse, low contrast, and very faint. The sun and moon cast shadows. Bright point sources cast shadows. It's even said that Venus and Jupiter can cast shadows. Can the huge Milky Way, spread across 90 degrees of sky (or more), cast a shadow? In this talk, I'll move beyond hearsay, legend, and myth and attempt to nail down some facts and experimental results - and share some photographic evidence. Don't miss this one. It may change the way you think about dark skies!
John Rummel is a long-time member and former president of the MAS. He has put an astronomical number of miles on his car in pursuit of the darkest places in the contiguous United States.
Washburn Observatory Washburn Observatory has resumed public viewing. Face masks are required inside the building and telescope dome in accordance with UW policy. The observatory will be open, weather permitting, from 7pm until 9pm. Visitors will be admitted at 20 minute intervals in groups of 20 persons or less. Please see the Washburn Observatory web site for more details and Twitter updates on weather conditions.
WI Science Festival October 21-24 • Various times and locations
The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival features events throughout Wisconsin for people of all ages. Activities include hands-on science experiments, live Q&A sessions and interviews with scientists, demonstrations, performances, behind-the-scenes tours and more.