Star Party Tonight! BYOS, Friday, July 13, 7:45 at Powell Observatory.

From: cole m.
Sent on: Friday, July 13, 2012 6:31 AM
This looks like fun: STAR PARTY!  'Bring Your Own Star' and some food for *heaven sakes!* 
Cole
Tonight, Friday the 13th (my favorite Friday, Cole), 7:45 p.m. sharp at the Powell Observatory in Louisburg, KS

Please sign up for food to bring by the end of today.  We've increased our limit for attendance (almost 50 came last time) and have some spaces left, but not all have signed up for food.  More meat and casserole dishes would be especially appreciated.  (If you don't cook, you can pick up something from the grocer's deli area.)  Email me (Fred Heeren:  [address removed]) to tell me what you'll bring to fill in what's still missing from the potluck food list below.  

PRESENTATION:  We'll get a chance to learn some cosmology along with the astronomy with a 20-30 minute PowerPoint presentation by Tim Kristl.
 
PLUS DISCUSSION:  Bring it on: Plenty of opportunity for YOUR QUESTIONS about astronomy/cosmology and answers by the experts.  How do we know how the universe began in a big bang?  How do we know it's expanding?  How do galaxies form?  When will ours crash into Andromeda?  How do stars form?  Which stars and constellations can we can see tonight?

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW THE UNIVERSE, THE GALAXIES, AND THE STARS GOT TO BE WHAT THEY ARE.
10 - 15 AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS AS GUIDES:  (Way more than last time!) They'll each have their telescopes on hand, pointed in different directions to show you everything they can in the time we have.  They love your questions.  Plus the big 30-inch under the dome.  We'll have even more to see than we did last time.

PLAY:  Bring a frisbee, a football, a softball, whatever outdoor game-stuff you like.  We'll have a short time for this while it's still light between supper and the presentation inside.

CONVERSATION & FOOD!  Get to know some new people!  

You just need to bring some food as your ticket to come.  Email me (Fred Heeren:  [address removed]) and let me know what you can bring to fill in the list below.  

And don't forget to RSVP to give us an accurate count at:  http://www.meetup.com/ProvocateursAndPeacemakers/events/64409172/


POTLUCK FOOD LIST:
Just choose one of these categories below where it looks like we need more for 40 or 50 people and tell me which you can bring:
(You can also tell us on the website where you RSVP, as some others have)
 
CASSEROLES
Sandy: potato casserole
Carol: salmon casserole (2.5 qts.)
 
MEAT DISH
Mary
Jeanne
Cole:  chicken
 
DRINKS
Jerome:  Coke & Sprite (a 2 liter-bottle of each), plus ice
Sandy:  Water and soda
Cole: Cooler of bottled water
 
COFFEE  Can someone bring coffee and a large coffee pot?  
Margie: large coffee pot, cream, sugar/sweeteners, etc., Decaf?
(Fred to Margie: I’ll bring cups)
 
SALAD
Diane: cucumber salad
Jeanne
 
CHIPS, DIP, SNACKS
Dr. Jason Berman: chips & dip
Jane:  cheese & crackers
Jennifer: 7-layer dip & chips
 
DESSERTS
Mona
Anna

START-UP TIME:  7:45 PM:  POTLUCK SUPPER 
Bring $5 (for the observatory use).  Please RSVP here for the count.
Short PowerPoint presentation, with your questions, on the stars.
Short talks by:  Tim Kristl & Iggy Dybal
Plus Discussion.  Answers from Tim Kristl & 10-15 experts on hand.
WHAT IF IT'S TOO CLOUDY?  It's looking like it's going to be mostly clear.  A few clouds won't stop us - plenty to see around them.
Dress to stay cool.  Plan on staying out late!
See our universe through the telescopes for yourself.
Powell Observatory:  10297 W. 263rd St. / Louisburg, KS 66053
Map & Directions:
Take US-69 South to 247th St. exit.  Turn left.  Take first right onto Metcalf Rd.  About 4 minutes to: W. 263rd Street (turn right).  Take for 3 minutes and stay right on W. 263rd. Powell Observatory (with the dome) will be on the right.

Details: We'll get to use the whole observatory for the night - it has a 30-inch telescope and there's another 16-inch in an outside shed.
Bring your own telescope or binoculars if you have them.  You can set them up on the outside and offer more objects to view.
There may be other amateur astronomers with their own 8-, 10- and 12-inch telescopes and they normally are more than happy to share with you what they are looking at.
Besides the dome, they have a room that will seat 30 or so people.  
RSVP to help us plan!  

Fred Heeren / [address removed] / [masked]

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