Asteroid Day Schedule:
8:00 Doors Open
8:15pm Speaker: The Current State of Asteroid Discovery (Tyler Linder, discoverer of many asteroids)
9:00pm Speaker: Amateur Observing and Asteroids (Jean Napp, Master Observer, North Central Regional Astronomical League)
9:45pm Talks end
10:30pm Star party ends
Activities available throughout the event:
So there are giant rocks floating through space. Big deal.
Yes, actually, it is! Far more fascinating than they appear at first glance, asteroids threaten Earth, give us opportunities, and help us learn about the universe we inhabit. But how? How do we find asteroids, and track their orbits? What uses might they have? What threats do they pose -- and how can we mitigate those threats? And how can we use these rocks to help us in our never-ending quest of understanding the universe?
Join us on June 30th, International Asteroid Day, to find out. While the main purpose of this star party is to explore asteroids through riveting talks and interactive activities, if skies are clear, you'll be able to enjoy the lovely views through our lawn telescopes, observing stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
Yerkes Observatory seeks to make all of its programs accessible to everyone in our community, including those with special needs. BVI and DHH community members are more than welcome!
Watch the weather, and dress appropriately -- sometimes June nights get chilly. Please apply bug spray BEFORE you come to the event, NOT at it. Children must be accompanied by adults. No pets, please.