“Stargazing In Upstate NY” For August 11 to 18, “Where To Find Solar Eclipse Parties” – Posted To newyorkupstate.com And syracuse.com

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This week’s “Stargazing In Upstate New York” article is up at syracuse.com and newyorkupstate.com (and posted a little too late here).

* syracuse.com/outdoors/…where_to_find_solar_eclipse_parties

* newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/…where_to_find_solar_eclipse_parties

We continue the push for the solar eclipse on the 21st, including a list of scheduled events around the CNY area (and a bit beyond).

Below is a list of scheduled lecture and observing opportunities around Upstate New York for the eclipse – this list will be reproduced in the following articles and will hopefully be added to as other locations announce events. If you know of an event not listed, please send an email with details. As always around here, we can only hope for clear skies!

Solar Eclipse Calendar

Organizer Location Event Date Time Contact Info
Albany Area Amateur Astronomers & Dudley Observatory Schenectady Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 1:22 – 3:56 PM email, website
Cazenovia Public Library Cazenovia Solar Eclipse Lecture Aug. 16 7:00 – 8:30 PM 315-655-9322 website

Kopernik Observatory & Science Center Vestal Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM email, website
Liverpool Public Library Liverpool Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 1:00 – 4:00 PM 315-457-0310 website
Marcellus Free Library Marcellus Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 1:00 – 4:00 PM 315-673-3221 website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Eclipse Lecture, Clinton Aug. 2 7:00 – 8:30 PM email, website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Eclipse Lecture, Canastota Aug. 3 7:00 – 8:30 PM email, website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM email, website
Onondaga County Libraries NOPL North Syracuse Solar Eclipse Lecture Aug. 14 6:30 – 8:00 PM 315-458-6184 website

Onondaga County Libraries Jamesville Lecture & Solar Eclipse @ DeWitt & Jamesville Library Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM 315-446-3578 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ Hazard Branch Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM 315-435-5326 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ Paine Branch Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM 315-435-5442 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ White Branch Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM 315-435-3519 website

“Stargazing In Upstate NY” For August 4 to 11 Posted To newyorkupstate.com And syracuse.com

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This week’s “Stargazing In Upstate New York” article is up at syracuse.com and newyorkupstate.com (and posted a little too late here).

* syracuse.com/outdoors/…what_to_see_in_the_night_skies_aug_4_to_11

* newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/…what_to_see_in_the_night_skies_aug_4_to_11

We continue the push for the solar eclipse on the 21st, including a list of scheduled events around the CNY area (and a bit beyond). The Persieds peak as of the next posting, although the moon will wash out much of the splendor of this meteor shower.

Below is a list of scheduled lecture and observing opportunities around Upstate New York for the eclipse – this list will be reproduced in the following articles and will hopefully be added to as other locations announce events. If you know of an event not listed, please send an email with details. As always around here, we can only hope for clear skies!

Solar Eclipse Calendar

Organizer Location Event Date Time Contact Info
Albany Area Amateur Astronomers & Dudley Observatory Schenectady Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 1:22 – 3:56 PM email, website
Cazenovia Public Library Cazenovia Solar Eclipse Lecture Aug. 16 7:00 – 8:30 PM 315-655-9322 website

Kopernik Observatory & Science Center Vestal Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM email, website
Liverpool Public Library Liverpool Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 1:00 – 4:00 PM 315-457-0310 website
Marcellus Free Library Marcellus Solar Eclipse Party Aug. 21 1:00 – 4:00 PM 315-673-3221 website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Eclipse Lecture, Clinton Aug. 2 7:00 – 8:30 PM email, website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Eclipse Lecture, Canastota Aug. 3 7:00 – 8:30 PM email, website
Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society Waterville Solar Eclipse Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM email, website
Onondaga County Libraries NOPL North Syracuse Solar Eclipse Lecture Aug. 14 6:30 – 8:00 PM 315-458-6184 website

Onondaga County Libraries Jamesville Lecture & Solar Eclipse @ DeWitt & Jamesville Library Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM 315-446-3578 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ Hazard Branch Aug. 21 12:00 – 4:00 PM 315-435-5326 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ Paine Branch Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM 315-435-5442 website
Onondaga County Libraries Syracuse Solar Eclipse Party @ White Branch Aug. 21 2:00 – 3:00 PM 315-435-3519 website

NASA Space Place – Twenty Years Ago on Mars…

Poster’s Note: One of the many under-appreciated aspects of NASA is the extent to which it publishes quality science content for children and Ph.D.’s alike. NASA Space Place has been providing general audience articles for quite some time that are freely available for download and republishing. Your tax dollars help promote science! The following article was provided for reprinting in July, 2017.

By Linda Hermans-Killiam

2013february2_spaceplaceOn July 4, 1997, NASA’s Mars Pathfinder landed on the surface of Mars. It landed in an ancient flood plain that is now dry and covered with rocks. Pathfinder’s mission was to study the Martian climate, atmosphere and geology. At the same time, the mission was also testing lots of new technologies.

For example, the Pathfinder mission tried a brand-new way of landing on Mars. After speeding into the Martian atmosphere, Pathfinder used a parachute to slow down and drift toward the surface of the Red Planet. Before landing, Pathfinder inflated huge airbags around itself. The spacecraft released its parachute and dropped to the ground, bouncing on its airbags about 15 times. After Pathfinder came to a stop, the airbags deflated.

Before Pathfinder, spacecraft had to use lots of fuel to slow down for a safe landing on another planet. Pathfinder’s airbags allowed engineers to use and store less fuel for the landing. This made the mission less expensive. After seeing the successful Pathfinder landing, future missions used this airbag technique, too!

Pathfinder had two parts: a lander that stayed in one place, and a wheeled rover that could move around. The Pathfinder lander had special instruments to study Martian weather. These instruments measured air temperature, pressure and winds. The measurements helped us better understand the climate of Mars.

The lander also had a camera for taking images of the Martian landscape. The lander sent back more than 16,000 pictures of Mars. Its last signal was sent to Earth on Sept. 27, 1997. The Pathfinder lander was renamed the Carl Sagan Memorial Station. Carl Sagan was a well-known astronomer and science educator.

Pathfinder also carried the very first rover to Mars. This remotely-controlled rover was about the size of a microwave oven and was called Sojourner. It was named to honor Sojourner Truth, who fought for African-American and women’s rights. Two days after Pathfinder landed, Sojourner rolled onto the surface of Mars. Sojourner gathered data on Martian rocks and soil. The rover also carried cameras. In the three months that Sojourner operated on Mars, the rover took more than 550 photos!

Pathfinder helped us learn how to better design missions to Mars. It gave us valuable new information on the Martian climate and surface. Together, these things helped lay the groundwork for future missions to Mars.

Learn more about the Sojourner rover at the NASA Space Place: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars-sojourner

This article was provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Caption: The Mars Pathfinder lander took this photo of its small rover, called Sojourner. Here, Sojourner is investigating a rock on Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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