New Meetup: Smithsonian Observatory Public Viewing Night

From: Heather
Sent on: Monday, January 11, 2010 12:27 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Smithsonian Observatory Public Viewing Night

When: Thursday, January 21,[masked]:00 PM

Harvard College Observatory
60 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Smithsonian Observatory

has their monthly public viewing this week on the 3rd Thursday night.

Drive up to the back, up the hill. The Lecture's up the stairs opposite the lil observatory-in-a-box.

from the CfA:

"Lighting Our Way through the Universe: The Birth of Type Ia Supernovae," Rosanne Di Stefano, CfA
Astronomers study exploding stars called Type Ia supernovae to explore the distant reaches of space and time. Type Ia supernovae have helped us to discover dark energy and to trace the expansion history of the universe. Yet, we still do not know exactly how these special events occur. We will play the role of cosmic detectives, searching for the progenitors of Type Ia supernovae. Although this quest is one of long standing, today's space missions and ground-based telescopes are providing new clues that should help us to "crack the case."

This event takes place at 7:30 pm on Thursday at Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge. Doors open at 7:00. Seating is first-come, first-served and admission is free. Free parking is available to everyone after 5 pm. (Ignore the "staff only" signs.)

If weather permits, rooftop observing through telescopes will follow the presentation.

For more information or directions, visit or call (617) 495-7461.

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