THE ASTRONOMY CAFE
The Astronomy Cafe is a brand new planetarium event! Once a month,attend an informal discussion about a different astronomical topic. Each presentation includes aquestion/answer period and a night sky tour. Admission by donation. (Suggested $5-7)
WHERE WE ARE
Monday, June 13, 2016
We once thought Earth occupied the center of the known Universe. Now, we realize that our planet is merely the third world in a solar system dominated by the Sun. This Sun is but one of billions of stars within a barred spiral galaxy. This galaxy, in turn, is one amongst a few dozen galaxies with the Local Cluster. That cluster comprises a minute part of the Virgo Supercluster that, itself, is only one component within the local superclusters that is reduced to a mote in the observable Universe. How large is the cosmos entire? How did we determine our place within it?
SUMMER NIGHT SKY TOUR
Monday, July 11, 2016
Twice a year, the Astronomy Cafe focuses solely on the night sky. In January, we explore the winter sky. In July, we discover the wonders of the summer night sky. The Summer Triangle; Heracles; Delphinus the "jewel box" dolphin; the arc of the Milky Way and much more.
THE TAMING OF THE TELESCOPE
Monday, August 8, 2016
Refractors, reflectors, Dobsonians, Schmit-Cassegrains. Telescopes are offered in so many varities, it is difficult to understand the advantages and disadvamtages of each. Also, how does one assemble, align and even use a telescope? August's Astronomy Cafe is all about telescopes and how to master the fear of them.