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Friday, November 21 • 7:00-8:30 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.
Space Place family workshops are offered every Saturday 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 for
any of the workshops but attendance is LIMITED to the first 50 people.
October 25• "Solar Cooking" How can we cook using the sun? Make your own solar oven and see how it works.
November 1• "Paddle Power" Take the engineering challenge and see if you can make a boat that will paddle itself through the water.
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, November 11 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"Real-Life Death Stars: Why Supernova Explosions are Even Weirder than You Think"
by Prof. Jennifer L. Hoffman, University of Denver
Scientists famously like to assume idealized shapes for the objects they study - hence the joke about the "spherical cow". However, recent evidence suggests that the colossal stellar explosions called supernovae are not smooth round fireballs, but instead take on a variety of complex shapes that change over time. Studying these shapes can give us clues to how supernovae work and what kinds of stars give rise to them. Jennifer will discuss the tools astronomers use to investigate supernova shapes and what we're learning from them about stellar life cycles in galaxies far, far away.
Friday, November 21 • 6:00-7:00 pm (No workshop in October)
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 $25 which includes the Galileoscope telescope kit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the workshop.
Solar Eclipse Viewing at Tenney Park (on Madison's east side)
Thursday, October 23rd • 4:30 pm - sunset
Join us for a public eclipse party at Tenney Park on the east side of Lake Mendota from 4:30 p.m. until sunset. We will have telescopes with solar filters set up for safely viewing the sun. Eclipse glasses will also be for sale ($1 each) while supply lasts.
Please note: It will be canceled if the sky is too cloudy.