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Friday, June 17 • 8:00-9:30 pm
Party With the Stars Find out what objects are currently in the night sky and where to find them. Following the indoor presentation, we will set up telescopes outside, weather permitting.
We will not offer Saturday Science workshops over the summer months. Please check back in the fall for our next workshop.
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for
children ages 6-10 and their parents. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, June 14 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"The Great Eye in the Desert: Radio Astronomy with the Very Large Array"
by Claire Murray, UW-Madison Dept. of Astronomy
The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) is one of the most advanced radio telescopes on Earth. Over the course of its 36-year lifetime, the VLA has provided crucial insights into the nature of radio galaxies, supernova remnants, planetary systems and interstellar gas throughout the cosmic time. Claire will discuss the history of the VLA and some of its major discoveries, as well as future plans for a "next generation" VLA telescope.
Build and learn to use your own telescope! We will construct the telescope, help you learn to use the lenses that are included, and give you some tips for observing. The fee for the workshop is $35 which includes the Galileoscope telescope kit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshop.
Opposition occurs when a planet is opposite the Sun in our sky. It also means that the planet can be seen all night long. This year Mars will reach opposition on May 22 and Saturn on June 3 making it a good time for planet watching.
Special Guest Presentation Tuesday, May 31 • 7:00-8:00 pm in Spanish Thursday, June 2 • 7:00-8:00 pm in English
Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz from the University of California-Santa Cruz will present "Transformando Estrellas en Oro" on Tuesday, May 31 and "Turning Stars into Gold" on Thursday, June 2.
Prof. Ramirez-Ruiz's talk, entitled "Turning Stars into Gold," or "Transformando Estrellas en Oro," will present what astronomers know about how stars produce heavy elements, from which our world is formed, out of the light elements of hydrogen and helium. The exact processes that form very heavy elements, such as gold, are still not exactly understood, but he will explain our current theories of the unusual stellar events producing the basic ingredients of the chemistry we find all around us.