Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory Campaign Challenge At Adirondack Gives

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This just in from our friends at the Adirondack Sky Center (twitter, facebook).

Timing is of the essence! There are current 67 days left in the drive (as of 23 Sept.) to help support the (arguably) best-placed observatory in New York State.

Click the image above for the Adirondack Gives Donation Page

An anonymous donor has generously offered a challenge grant of $20,000 to help kick off the Adirondack Sky Center (formerly Adirondack Public Observatory) campaign to raise funds for its planned AstroScience Center museum and planetarium in Tupper Lake, NY! Help us to meet this goal and meet the need for astronomy STEM education in Northern New York. All gifts, no matter what size, will help.

Go to adirondackgives.org/campaigns/adirondack-sky-center-observatory-campaign-challenge/ for more information and to donate!

CNYO Observing Event – Green Lakes State Park, Friday, 28 September 2018, 7:00 – 9:30 PM

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

Bob Piekiel and fellow CNYO members are pleased to announce their return to Green Lakes for Fall, 2018. It is always best to check-in with Green Lakes State Park (because then they know how many in the public are interested), but feel free to also sign up for the event on our Facebook and Meetup event pages.

The weather-alternate for this event is Saturday, September 29. Check back here or on the Facebook/Meetup pages for any updates.

Facebook Event Page | Meetup.com Event Page

Green Lakes State Park
7900 Green Lakes Rd
Fayetteville, NY 13066
(315) 637-6111

Event Details: Still a good view og the lingering summer skies and the planets Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

CNY Skeptics September Meeting – “The Evolution from Pseudo to Science: The Disenchantment of a Ghost Hunter”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:00 PM | meetup | website

Manlius Library, One Arkie Albanese Ave, Manlius, NY

About The Talk

This month’s discussion will be about the state (or better said, lack) of science awareness in society and how the para-entertainment culture misinforms people about the paranormal and what scientific research into the paranormal should look like. There is a movement within the paranormal hobby toward more of a scientific approach and away from the entertainment aspect. George will talk about some of the things that are being done to make the shift towards science.

About The Presenter

George Stadalski dislikes the term ghost hunter and feels it cheapens the hobby. Growing up, he was drawn to reading books like “Carnacki: The Ghost-Finder,” “Chariots of The Gods,” and “Phone Calls from the Dead,” watching shows like “In Search Of . . .” with Leonard Nimoy and “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” The one thing that left a lasting impression on him was a scene from the movie Poltergeist where a team from UC Irvine studies the alleged phenomena.

George does not claim to be a scientist, but he has always loved learning about science. His goal is to look at the theories that paranormal investigators work with and try to determine where they came from and if they are based on fact or based in belief. Many groups claim to perform scientific investigations, using hi-tech, expensive equipment, but it is not enough to own the equipment; you must also know how to use it. The science is in the process, not the technology.

About CNY Skeptics

Central New York Skeptics (CNY Skeptics) is a community organization dedicated to the promotion of science and reason, the investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims, and the improvement of standards for science education and critical-thinking skills.