October 16, 2013 9:07 pm

Upcoming Events from Cosmic Community Members in Arizona, Florida, New Jersey and New York

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There’s no time like Fall for cool, crisp nights looking up at the stars. Of course, stargazing isn’t the only event on the agenda in October and November. Here’s a selection of events from StarTalk Cosmic Community members. But first, let’s lead off with an event of our own:


StarTalk Live

Town Hall in NYC
November 4, 8:00 PM

There are still tickets available in the balcony (and a few on the side in the orchestra) for our next StarTalk Live. They’ve even added a seat map so you can see what’s left. Don’t wait too long, though. Click here for tickets.


Astronomy Night on Pier 86

StarTalk Cosmic Community Public Observing
Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Saturday, October 19, 7-10 PM

Spend a night under the stars on the Intrepid Museum’s Pier 86. 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, so make sure you stop by to say hi! The event is free, but if you’re planning on attending, RSVP is required.

For more information and registration link: http://intrepidmuseum.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Public-Events-Calendar/2013/Astronomy-Night.aspx


Amateur Astronomers Association of NY

Annual Urban Starfest in Central Park
November 9th
Trained observers will be on hand with telescopes, we’ll have all sorts of optical/telescope equipment to show, a few honored guests, and more!

Celestial Mechanics Class
Where: Near Penn Station
Starting October 23rd
The class, taught by Dr. Sneha Honnappa, will cover the basic laws of motion and energy that pertain to our Solar System.  Dr. Honnappa has conducted pulsar astronomy research in several countries.  More info and registration can be found at http://aaa.org/celestialmechanicsclass2013.

Solar System Class
Where: Near Penn Station
Starting November 11th

AAA’s Jaclyn Avidon will be teaching a Solar System class that covers all the major planets and moons as well as some background history and science.  It runs for 6 weeks starting Monday November 11th and meets once a week near Penn Station.

To find out more info about our classes and sign up: http://aaa.org/currentclasses.
For more information about these and other events from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, visit http://www.aaa.org/.


Astronomers of Verde Valley in Verde Valley, AZ

Upcoming activities include:

October 18 – Red Rock State Park Moon Lite Hike and Lunar Viewing

October 19 – Monthly Meeting @ VVMC

October 26 – Red Rock Ranger Station Star Party (MR 1AM)

November 2 – Alamo Lake State Park Night Under the Stars

November 9 – Red Rock State Park Star Party (7 ¼ day old Moon)

November 23 – Monthly Meeting @ VVMC

November 30 – Two Trees Dark Sky Weekend (MR 6AM)

For more information about these events and Astronomers of Verde Valley, check out their website at http://www.astroverde.org/


The Challenger Learning Center in Ramapo, NY

Flight Simulation After-School Courses
Town of Ramapo Challenger Center
5-6:30 PM (See schedule below)

For anyone age 10 and older. Each course consists of five 1.5 hour classes. Learn what it is like to pilot an airplane using the Challenger Center’s new flight simulators! Learn how to perform takeoffs and landings, explore the science of aerodynamics, and the physics of flight! Class size is extremely limited so sign up now! If you’ve got questions call 845-357-3416 or contact john@LHVCC.com

Beginner Courses (2):
WED: 10/16, 23, 30, 11/6, 13
WED: 11/20, 27, 12/4, 11, 18

Advanced Course:
(Prerequisite – Beginner Class)
TUE: 11/19, 26, 12/3, 10, 17

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


Welcome Our New Cosmic Community Members:

Brevard Astronomical Society in Brevard County, FL

Located on Florida’s Space Coast, they’re an active club that’s loosely affiliate with the Kennedy Space Center Amateur Astronomers and have several events coming up in the weeks to come.

Orionids Meteor Shower
October 21
Where: Someplace dark with low horizons

Leonids Meteor Shower
November 16
Where: Someplace dark with low horizons

BAS Monthly Meeting
November 20
Where: EFSC Planetarium, 1519 Clearlake Rd Cocoa, FL 7 PM

Goode Park Star Party
November 22
Where: Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Drive NE Palm Bay, 6-10 PM

For more information about Brevard Astronomical Society, check out their website at http://www.brevardastro.org/index.php.
Here is a link to their calendar: http://www.brevardastro.org/eventscalendar.php


Amateur Astronomers, Inc. in Cranford, NJ

Amateur Astronomers Inc. from Cranford, NJ has now officially joined the Cosmic Community. The club meets at the William Sperry Observatory. Club activities include regular observing, star parties, seminar groups, and monthly meetings.

Public Star Party
November 14
Where: Sperry Observatory

Members Only Star Parties
October 25
November 22
Where: Barry Malpas Observatory at the dark sky site of the United Astronomy Clubs of NJ (www.uacnj.org) of which AAI is a member.

Listening to the Dark Side of the Universe: The Search for Black Holes and Gravitational Waves
Dr. Marc Favata of Montclair State University
October 18, 8:00 PM @ The Roy Smith Theatre

Dense Gas in Distant, Dusty Galaxies
Dr. Andrew Baker of Rutgers, The State University
November 15, 8:00pm @ The Roy Smith Theatre

For more information about Amateur Astronomers, Inc., check out their website at http://www.asterism.org/
Their calendar and observing schedule are here: http://asterism.org/clubact/2013-2014brochure.pdf


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. And if you have any news, please email it to our Social Media coordinator, Stacey Severn at Stacey@startalkradio.net.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!

–Jeffrey Simons


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