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Friday, August 21 • 8:00-9:30 pm
Party With the Stars Find out what objects are currently in the night sky and where to find them. Following the indoor presentation, we will set up telescopes outside, weather permitting.
Space Place family workshops are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. for
children ages 6-10 and their parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required for
any of the workshops but attendance is LIMITED to the first 50 people.
August 8 • "TBA" Please check back for more information on the workshop.
August 15 • "TBA" Please check back for more information on the workshop.
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, August 11 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"Evolution of Weather Measurements: Where does the data come from?"
Dr. Nadia Smith, Researcher at Space Science & Engineering Center
The University of WI has been central in the design and construction of instruments that measure the weather. Today they are mounted on spacecraft, aircraft, in vehicles and at fixed sites.
Dr. Smith will give a historic overview of the instruments and science behind weather data and address questions such as: "Why do satellite measurements not solve all our weather data needs?" What does it take to measure a complex systems such as weather? What are the challenges given this age of easy data?
Friday, October 16 • 7:00-8:00 pm (Sorry, we will not have workshops in August or September.)
Build and learn to use your own telescope! We will construct the telescope, help you learn to use the lenses that are included, and give you some tips for observing. The fee for the workshop is $25 which includes the Galileoscope telescope kit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshop.
The Perseid meteor shower will peak late in the evening on Augst 12th into the early morning hours on August 13th. A new moon in the 14th means that we will have nice dark skies for viewing the meteors so get out your lawn chairs and mosquito repellent!
Star Party at Donald Park (sponsored by Madison Astronomical Society)
Friday, August 14 • 8:00 pm
Madison Astronomical Society will be hosting a star party at Donald Park beginning at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 14, with back up date of Saturday, August 15. MAS members will be bringing their telescopes to the park to observe the crescent moon, Saturn, and later, the Perseid meteors.
Donald Park is about 17 miles from Madison. The park entrance is on the south side of Hwy 92, southeast of Mt. Horeb or northwest of County G. From US Hwy 18-151 west of Verona, take exit 75, County G. Drive SW on G about 5 miles to the stop sign at Wisconsin Hwy 92. Turn right on 92 and drive west about 1.5 mi. Look for the entrance to the park on the left (south) side of 92.
Watch for announcements regarding the weather on the MAS web site on Friday the 14th.