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Autumn Astrocamp 2013

posted May 2, 2013, 4:59 AM by Mike White
Join the Phoenix Astronomical Society for two days of talks, socialising and observing, at their clubrooms and dark sky observing site in the Wairarapa.

FRIDAY 10th of MAY
Afternoon program at the Observatory
11:30am ANNULAR ECLIPSE & SOLAR OBSERVING - with Robin Warnes & Edwin Rodley 
Join us at the observatory for solar observing. There will be a partial solar eclipse – don’t forget to bring your solar viewers from the Transit of Venus. Experienced solar observer Steve Chadwick of Levin will also have his two H-alpha solar telescopes to view the sun.
2:00pm Afternoon tea and observatory/clubrooms tidy-up 
3:00pm Solar Observing. Session ends at 4pm.
5:00pm Informal dinner at the Buckhorn in Carterton 

Evening program in the clubrooms
7:00pm UNIVERSAL EVOLUTION Presentation by Gerry Eady
7:40pm THE GREAT NEBULA IN CARINA Presentation by Richard Hall
In the constellation of Carina, almost overhead at this time of the year, is the largest star-forming region that we can observe in our Milky Way Galaxy. In this presentation we explore this great nebula and follow the evolution of the gigantic star that lies at its heart.
8:20pm Tea
8:30pm AUTUMN NIGHT SKY (AV) followed by TELESCOPE VIEWING
10:00pm Science Fiction Movie

SATURDAY 11th of MAY
10am Informal breakfast at the Wild Oats in Carterton 
Afternoon program at the Clubrooms
1:00pm THE LATEST SCIENCE NEWS with Edwin Rodley
1:30pm ANCIENT GREEK ASTRONOMY Presentation by George Moutzouris

The Greek contribution to astronomy was not so much in observation as it was in applying logical thinking and geometry to these observations. That is how Greek mathematicians figured out that the earth was spherical and went around the sun, calculated the size of the earth, understood eclipses and eclipse cycles and developed the first valid idea of the scale of the universe. 
This presentation is about those ancient Greek astronomers/mathematicians and their great contributions to our knowledge of the heavens and, to the world we know today.

2:20pm Afternoon tea

2:30pm KURANUI ASTRONOMY with Matt Boucher

3:00pm THE INSPIRATION BEHIND “IMAGING THE SOUTHERN SKY”

Ian Cooper presents an insight into the genesis of the book “Imaging the Southern Sky” and how the final result came about.

3:30pm ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with Stephen Chadwick & Ian Cooper

5:00pm Dinner at the Buckhorn in Carterton 

Evening program in the clubrooms
7:00pm LEGACY OF THE BLACK PHARAOHS Presentation by Kay Leather
An assembly of huge stone slabs and a calendar circle have been identified in Egypt’s Sahara Desert at Nabta Playa. The site has been confirmed by scientists to be the oldest known astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world. Nabta Playa was once a large basin in the Nubian Desert, at the gates of Black Africa, occupied by humans from about 6,500 to 6,000 years ago. Egyptian and Nubian cultures interacted over the millennia and Nubian pharaohs ruled Egypt during the 25th dynasty. This talk looks at the Nabta Playa site and its possible legacy in neighbouring Egypt.
7:40pm Tea

7:50pm TOURS OF THE SOUTHERN SKY with Stephen Chadwick 

Using many of the world class images from his book "Imaging the Southern Sky," Stephen has created a series of audio-visuals that will take you on short trips through the chapters in the book.

8:30pm AUTUMN NIGHT SKY (AV) followed by TELESCOPE VIEWING
10:00pm Science Fiction Movie

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