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“My Sky Tonight” – MOST Offering A Three Week Astronomy Course For Preschoolers, Feb. 24 – Mar. 9

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

How cool is this? The following announcement was sent by Maria Welych, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the MOST, to syracuse.com, then posted by Brenda Duncan (every astro-related article makes up for ten sports articles). If you’ve a preschooler running around (and you can find them) or know of one, please pass the info along.

Link: syracuse.com/…/2016/01/most_offers_astronomy_program_for_preschool_children.html

19614032-mmmainThe Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology is offering preschool students the opportunity to learn astronomy in a three-week class created just for them called My Sky Tonight. Classes will be held at the MOST, 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse.

The class will offer astronomy exploration and inquiry with an emphasis on observing, formulating questions, designing experiments, and testing to answer the children’s questions. The classes were designed with the assistance of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Each week will focus on different topics and activities:

* Feb. 24: The Sun. Children will learn about how the sun creates shadows and affects solar beads.

* March 2: The Moon. Attendees will take a close look at the lunar landscape and learn about moon phases.

* March 9: Into the Sky. Preschoolers will build a space explorer and enjoy a planetarium show.

The class, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day, is aimed at children 3 to 5 years old. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Adult and child pairs can sign up for single classes, but the program is designed as a series.

The cost for adult/child pairs who are members is $15 for a single class or $35 for all three, a savings of $10. The cost for an adult/child pair who are not members is $20 for a single class and $50 for all three, a savings of $10.

The deadline to register for classes is Feb. 20. Space is limited. For more information and to register, contact Betty Jones at bjones@most.org or 315-425-9068 ext. 2143.

Google map to the MOST. Click to make directions.

2015 Ying Tri Region Science And Engineering Fair & Central New York Science And Engineering Fair Judging Opportunities

Greetings fellow astrophiles,

Two requests for judging have come across my inbox from TACNY for the Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair (TRSEF) on Sunday, March 15th and the Central New York Science And Engineering Fair (PDF Link) on Sunday, March 22th. I am volunteering for both events and encourage others with any science inclination to see just how smart some of our CNY youths are.

1. Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair – Sunday, March 15th

The Ying TRSEF needs at least 100 judges! Please recruit friends, families, college students, coworkers, and colleagues. For more information about the Ying-TRSEF event, see the following links:

1. For Event Information: www.yingtrsef.org/judges/
2. To Register As a Judge: www.yingtrsef.org/judge-registration/


2. Central New York Science And Engineering Fair – Sunday, March 22th

Volunteers are needed this year to judge projects at the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the SRC Arena. Students from Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties will compete in two divisions, the junior fair for 4th-8th graders and the senior fair for 9th-12th graders. Judges don’t need to be experts in science to listen as the students demonstrate how much they have learned and accomplished. A continental breakfast, lunch and training will be provided for the judges and volunteers. Those interested in serving as judges or volunteers can apply online here. If you have registered with the MOST online in the past, you do not have to register again. Send an e-mail to volunteer@most.org or call (315) 425-9068 x2145 indicating what fair assignment you would like (junior judge, senior judge, special awards judge, volunteer). For more information, contact the CNYSEF Director at CNYSEF@most.org. Please pass this request on to your colleagues.

The encouragement and interest shown by volunteers and judges is an essential part of the student’s science fair experience. Help inspire our future generation of engineers and scientists.

CNYO Observing Log: Two Solar Highlights – International SUN-Day And A Space Science Morning At The MOST

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

A post to the CNYO Facebook Page by Pamela Shivak of International SUN-Day and the equally great Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project about the 2015 Int. SUN-Day reminded me that the CNYO event for 22 June 2014 hadn’t been posted yet. Ergo…


Dave Wormuth and passers-by at Larry’s NMT. Click for a larger view.

There for the duration of CNY’s edition of the International SUN-Day 2014 were Larry Slosberg, Bob Piekiel, Dave Wormuth, George Wong, and myself, plus Larry’s Baader-ized 12″ New Moon Telescope Dob, Bob’s 60 mm Coronado SolarMax II, my trusty Coronado PST, and a few pairs of official Charlie Bates Solar Astro solar glasses direct from Stephen Ramsden’s lecture at NEAF 2014 (George demonstrating their usage below).


George demonstrating proper technique. Click for a larger view.

The day was excellent for solar observing (made so by the presence of a few trees to provide a little shade) and our two hour session ended up hosting about 30 people, a few of whom definitely took their time to enjoy the view, then many who took a quick glance, then another out of surprise, then attempted the ritual smart phone documentation of the view. As one can see below, the Coronado PST lets in more than enough red light to saturate the iPhone CCD camera. Whereas your eye is insensitive enough to provide you some very nice surface and prominence detail, the image below just barely gives you a view of otherwise wispy visual prominences.


The H-alpha’ed Sun saturating a CCD. Click for a larger view.

Only a few of the attendees knew in advance from the website, twitter feed, or Facebook page. The others were simply caught as passers-by taking in the Creekwalk and Armory Square. The busy weekend being what it was, I even managed a short music conversation with the tour manager for Don Felder (who’d played with Foreigner and Styx the night before), himself taking in a bike tour of the Creekwalk and greater Syracuse area. And, despite our best efforts, we couldn’t get a couple of the leisurely strollers to veer our way to take in views. If you ever see us set up and observing, we hope you’ll line right up behind an eyepiece and take a look!


Larry explaining everything. Click for a larger view.

Not too long after Int. SUN-Day, CNYO members received a request from Nancy Volk at The MOST to lend our solar scopes to a group of area 8th graders taking in a series of Space Science demos on the morning of 18 July 2014. Friday’s being what they are, I was left to sneak out on my own to run a mini solar session with just the Coronado PST and Bates Solar Glasses.


The last of four outdoor sessions. Click for a larger view.

The morning session ended 3 hours later with no small amount of Armory Square drama unrelated to the session, the telling and re-telling of every solar fact I could come up with, and 70 enlightened students and teachers.


Demonstrating the relative motions of the inner planets. Click for a larger view.

Instructive Demo Of The Day: Solar glasses and a +100 lumen flashlight are themselves an excellent combination in a pinch, as all can agree that the pre-filtered light is blindingly bright, while everyone around the glasses-wearing test subject gets a good laugh from seeing the flashlight waved within an inch of thin Baader film separating the wearer from a really bad case of temporary blindness.

We’ve now the official word on International SUN-Day 2015 – June 21st to be exact. Expect CNYO members to be somewhere (likely the Creekwalk again) hosting another session (weather-permitting, as usual)!

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Engineer Your Life: Redux”

Saturday – June 21, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology – Syracuse, NY

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Join us for our last talk of the season as TACNY President Emeritus Howard R. (Howie) Hollander will introduce and explore tips for preparing inside and outside of school for careers in STEM fields.

People interested in learning more about careers in STEM fields are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, June 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by June 18, 2014.


2014june10_howie_tysonHowie Hollander (shown at right with some guy from last year) retired following 37 years in the aerospace and defense industry as a systems and software engineer/manager and program manager. He is currently enjoying an “encore career” as a program manager at SUNY-ESF. Howie earned a BE in electrical engineering from New York University, and an MS in engineering management (computer and information systems major) from Northeastern University. Howie’s CNY community activities include: President Emeritus, TACNY; Trustee, Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology; Vice President, Central NY Jazz Arts Foundation; and member of the LeMoyne College Information Systems Program Advisory Board, CNY STEM Hub, and Partners in Education and Business’ Technology Sector. Additionally, he serves on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Information Technology and Web Sciences Industry Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse and the FOCUS Citizens Academy. Howie enjoys skiing, and is an instructor of skiers with disabilities. He is married and has two adult children.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

CNYO Observers Log: MOST Climate Day And North Sportsman’s Club Practice Session, 19 April 2014

Greetings fellow astrophiles!

The Saturday after NEAF was a busy one for CNYO members, including a lecture and observing session for the MOST Climate Day during the afternoon and a nighttime “dry run” for the North Sportman’s Club Public Viewing Sessions we’re on the verge of hosting for the rest of the year.

The morning started with a hectic rearrangement of speakers for the TACNY Jr. Cafe session, with Prof. Peter Plumley (MOST, Syracuse University) and Prof. Timothy Volk (SUNY-ESF) admirably filling in for a missing speaker (and the crowd requests for future topics were heavy in astronomy!). And speaking of Jr. Cafe astronomy, we note the May 17th lecture features CNYO’s own Ryan Goodson speaking on Newtonian Telescopes (with a solar session to follow if the skies hold)!

The indoor part of CNYO’s contribution to the MOST Climate Day featured myself and a lecture about the Sun/Earth relationship. While that lecture was given to only 2.5 people (one person left half-way), a 50 minute talk extended to 90 minutes thanks to some excellent discussions and deeper probing of some of the slide content.


Larry and observers on the Creekwalk. Click for a larger view.

Outside, Larry Slosberg hit the public observing jackpot with his 12″ Baader-ized New Moon Telescope Dob and NASA Night Sky Network Solar Kit. Between the MOST crowd, Record Store Day at Sound Garden, and a Creekwalk made busy by the clear skies and comfortable temperatures, Larry counted over a few dozen new observers before I even made it outside. To Larry’s solar collection I added a Coronado PST for some excellent H-alpha views of sunspots and several prominences that changed significantly over the course of an hour (which was made all the more impressive to passers-by when you mention that these changes could be measured in units of “Earths” instead of miles).


An intrepid observer at the Coronado PST. Click for a larger view.

Larry and I packed up around 4:00 p.m. after giving nearly 40 people a unique view of our nearest star, providing a three-hour window before heading off to North Sportsman’s Club (NSC) for an evening session.


Some of the NSC crew setting up. Click for a larger view.

We also used April 19th as a reintroduction to the skies above the NSC, with this session opened up to a short-list of people with scopes interested in helping reduce the lengths of observing lines at future public sessions (and we welcome others interested in bringing their scopes to these sessions to please contact us using our online form or by emailing us at info@cnyo.org).


The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) and surroundings. Click for a larger view.

The total in attendance was between 10 and 12 over the two hours I was present (and the event continued for some time after), with about half as many scopes present (which is a great number for even large public viewing sessions). Despite it becoming a very cold evening, the combined observing list was extensive from among all parties, with New Moon Telescope’s 27″ Dob making many views extra memorable.


The view to the Southwest (featuring a bright Jupiter near center). Click for a larger view.

We are planning our first public session for 2014 in late May, perhaps to coincide with the predicted meteor super-storm on the early morning of May 24th. Keep track of cnyo.org or our Facebook group page for details!