July 16, 2013 10:25 pm

Cosmic Community Member Events in New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Colorado

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In this post, we’re not monkeying around! We’ve got new events from members of the StarTalk Radio Cosmic Community, including our first event from a scientific but non-astronomical member, the Duke Lemur Center. (And before you comment, I know that a Lemur’s not a monkey. Hence, we’re not monkeying around. We’re lemuring. Okay. I’ll stop now.) And if you’d like to see your organization’s events on this blog and in our newsletter, email them (no pdfs or jpgs, please) to our Social Media Coordinator: Stacey@startalkradio.net.

Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC

Evening with the Experts
July, 17 6:30PM

We started a seminar series here at the Lemur Center that may be of interest to the sci-interested community we’re calling Evening with the Experts.  Each seminar will feature an expert in the fields of lemur research and conservation and focus on some aspect of their current projects. Our first seminar is next Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30PM in Durham, NC, and features our Conservation Coordinator Charlie Welch discussing past and current conservation initiatives, including Erik Patel’s research on the critically endangered silky sifaka. Our August session will occur on the 29th and focus on the evolutionary enigma called the aye-aye with Julie McKinney, a lead primate technician and expert on aye-aye care.

For more information about news and events at the Duke Lemur Center, visit http://lemur.duke.edu/.


Amateur Astronomers, Inc. in Cranford, NJ

Public Observing at the Sperry Observatory
Friday, July 19th
7:30PM to 10:30PM

The soon-to-be newest member of our Cosmic Community is AAI. AAI has programs almost every Friday night at the Sperry Observatory and, if the weather is favorable, public observing. Its regular General Membership Meetings are on the third Friday of the month from September through May in the Roy Smith Theater or Main Lecture Hall on the Union County Community College campus. On all other Friday evenings, AAI presents informal presentations that are held in the Sperry Observatory classroom at 8:30PM. These are free and open to the public. On these Fridays, the observatory is open from 7:30 to 10:30PM.

The first Friday of each month is normally reserved for Kathy Vaccari’s “What’s Up: A Down to Earth Sky Guide.” At Kathy’s lecture, you’ll learn about the constellations, planets, meteor showers, lunar phases, and other celestial happenings for that month.


Solar Viewing at the Trailside Nature and Science Center
Saturdays, 1PM

On every clear Saturday at 1PM, members of Amateur Astronomers, Inc. will provide safe views of solar prominences, sunspots, and filaments through AAI’s portable Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope at the Trailside Nature and Science Center. Sunspots on the solar disk may also be visible in white light in a specially constructed projection box. If it is cloudy, a cancellation notice will be displayed on the Home page of the AAI website by noon Saturday. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. The Trailside Nature & Science Center is located in the Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092. Phone is 908-789-3670. For more information or directions to The Trailside Nature & Science Center, visit

For more information about Amateur Astronomers, Inc., check out their website at http://www.asterism.org/.


Astronomy Night at SpaceFest at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC on Saturday, July 27th

The Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society of Stratford, CT
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
Jupiter Joe’s Sidewalk Astronomy of New York

Saturday, July 27th
Pier 86, New York City
Weather Permitting

Spend a night under the stars on the Intrepid Museum’s Pier 86. Local astronomers, including Cosmic Community members, will be on hand with their high-powered telescopes to help you navigate the night sky and offer talks and demonstrations on space science. Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. StarTalk Radio Social Media Coordinator Stacey Severn will be on hand with as part of the team from Boothe, so make sure you stop by to say hi!

Registration is Now Open! RSVP Required. Please e-mail educationevents@intrepidmuseum.org.

For more information about SpaceFest, visit http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/SpaceFest2013.aspx.

For more information about the Cosmic Community members taking part in Astronomy Night, click on their names above.


The Challenger Learning Center in Ramapo, NY

Next Rocket Launch Dates!

Saturday, July 20th
(Rain date: Saturday, July 20th)
3:00PM – 4:30PM
Viola (Weldler) Park, West Maple Avenue, Monsey NY

Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring your rockets and join the fun! Rockets and Motors will be available for purchase at the launch site.

For more information about these and other events from The Challenger Learning Center in Ramapo, NY, visit www.LHVCC.com.


The Southern Colorado Astronomical Society in Pueblo, CO

Monthly Meeting
Thursday July 18th at 7PM

SCAS will have its monthly meeting at CSU-P, the Physics and Mathematics Building Room 103. SCAS Secretary David Furry will present the Days of the Week, how they were named and how it ties into astronomy. Additionally we will be planning a grand opening ceremony for our Astronomical Park located in La Veta, we’ll hold an election, and much more society business. This meeting is open to the public. We encourage everyone to participate whether you are a member or not. If you have questions about this meeting or anything SCAS related please contact Public Relations Director Alan Knight at 719-337-3970 or email him at aknight@scaspueblo.com.


La Vista Campground Stargaze
July 20th, beginning at 8PM

Join the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society as we take our Night Sky awareness program to the San Isabel National Forest. We’ll present a lecture on the Moon and the Constellations then hold a stargaze at a breathtaking elevation of 8,800 ft.


3,2,1, Chili Blaster V!
Saturday July 27th
All Day

That’s right the annual rocket launch is nearly here! Saturday July 27th SCAS will be at Hudson Ranch to support the Southern Colorado Rocketeers as they host an all day and part of the night state wide rocket launch extravaganza. ULA & Ball Aerospace will be there with the largest civilian class rocket to fly the skies of Colorado, the 25 ft. tall, 2-stage FUTURE rocket. If you have never experienced this rocket blasting through the skies now is the time to have your senses shaken. SCAS will have on hand specialized telescopes to view real time our life sustaining nuclear furnace… AKA our Sun. This event costs nothing, zip, not a dime to attend. Last year 1,500 people enjoyed the thrill of launch after launch, join us as we break that record and introduce our proud organizations to our community.

For more information about these and other events from the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society, visit http://www.scaspueblo.com.


And if you are a member of an organization that you think would make a perfect member of our Cosmic Community, fill out this very short contact form now  and we’ll be in touch.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!

–Jeffrey Simons


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