Henrietta Swan Leavitt Memorial Star Party (and Potluck)

  • May 31, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Join us for the group's first annual Henrietta Swan Leavitt Memorial Star Party. Henrietta (portrayed in the pic by actress Elena Wright) is an unsung hero of 20th century science who made a most important discovery that paved the way for modern cosmology. From Wikipedia:

Leavitt discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, it was her discovery that first allowed astronomers to measure the distance between the Earth and faraway galaxies. After Leavitt's death, Edwin Hubble used the luminosity-period relation for Cepheids to determine that the Milky Way is not the only galaxy in the observable universe, and that the universe is expanding.

We've picked a date when we have a chance of good weather, and close to New Moon so we can get some good looks at deep-sky objects. Several group members have telescopes (Tim C, Mark T, Greg N, Jim K and probably more).

We've made the meetup at our place pending any other convenient darker-sky spots that we might be able to use (a different stargazing night at Observatory Park in Geauga County will also be put on our calendar, eventually). Although we are in the near east suburbs, our backyard is actually very light-free and the sky is rather good on very clear nights. If anyone else has an idea for a convenient spot to use, which is not too long of a drive for most and one we won't get kicked out of at any given time, let us know in the comments.

More about Leavitt here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrietta_Swan_Leavitt

Btw, the pic is from a new production about Leavitt's life called Silent Sky. Hopefully it will make its way to NE Ohio.

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Silent-Sky-Scientist-light-years-ahead-of-her-5158030.php

See you there! :)

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  • Suzy W.

    Thank you so much Mark & Marni!! It was absolutely wonderful! I am still in awe of especially seeing Saturn! Great food, wonderful setting, fun and interesting conversations!

    2 · June 2

    • Joy S.

      Yes it was great. Glad I went and met more wonderful people.

      1 · June 5

  • Ausha A.

    Hi Suzy,
    I still can't figure out how to get your email.
    Ausha

    1 · June 4

    • Suzy W.

      I just emailed you my email. :)

      June 5

    • Cloudberry

      Suzy, I don't have your email address, either.

      June 5

  • Ausha A.

    I got it. Thanks.
    J.R.

    June 5

  • Tim C.

    A good time! Hope those who had the chance enjoyed the sky. FYI, for those who might be interested in learning more, my astronomy club, the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association meets on the second Monday of each month at the Rocky River Nature Center (7:30PM). We feature an astronomy-related talk each month. I will be giving a talk this month on star clusters, and topically speaking, Gary Kader of BW will be telling us about the Harvard Computers (Henrietta was a prominent member of that exclusive and important group ofr women astronomers!) at our August meeting. Our meetings and talks are open to the public and we also host public star parties at Letha House (Spencer Lake) in SW Medina County.

    3 · June 1

    • Alida t.

      is the nature center in north olmsted?

      June 4

    • Tim C.

      Yes, RR Nature Center is at bottom of hill into Metropark off Mastick Rd. Between Clague and Columbia, if that is any help!

      June 4

  • Mary K.

    Thanks Mark and Marni for a great time.

    2 · June 3

  • Dale

    Was wonnnderfull. Hope we can do that again.

    3 · June 2

    • Suzy W.

      Next time at your place, Dale. :) :)

      3 · June 2

    • Robyn

      Jim and I will bring donuts. ;)

      3 · June 2

  • Hong W.

    Great!

    3 · June 2

  • Mark T.

    Thank you everyone for contributing! It was a pleasure to host at our place for all of you awesome folks. Thank you Tim & Jim for bringing your scopes - Tim, that view of globular cluster M13 was amazing.

    4 · June 1

  • Ausha A.

    Excellent as always.

    3 · June 1

  • Janelle B

    Jupiter looked cool, and the fire and company was amazing.

    2 · June 1

  • Dale

    Had a wonnnderful time. Let's do it again sometime. Just glad I was able to grab a burger before another batch ran out.

    3 · June 1

  • Morgan

    Thanks to all who shared their telescopes!

    3 · June 1

  • Julie L.

    We had an awesome time, thank you so much Mark and Marni! Looking through the telescope was really fun, seeing Saturn was amazing!

    3 · June 1

  • Wendy R.

    I had such a good time. The weather cooperated. All the stars were out. It could have been a little warmer. There was a beautiful fire going when it got dark. And there was such good food.

    4 · June 1

  • Sam S.

    Tonight I got to see Jupiter and three of its moons, Mars, Saturn, a globular cluster and a Nebula.I have never seen so many space objects in one night. I also have never seen so many freethinkers around a fire in one night. Thank you Mark and Marni for the memories.

    3 · June 1

  • Cloudberry

    Great fun; great people. Such good food, and the planets glowed.

    3 · June 1

  • Janelle B

    We'll be there around 7, but we know you'll all still be there since the stars won't be out yet anyway :-) We're bringing a couple bottles of wine.

    May 31

    • Janelle B

      Actually, hubby's dragging his feet, so maybe 7:30

      1 · May 31

  • Maria

    Last minute change of plans. A group of friends whom I haven't seen in years, got together last minute and asked me to join them. You guys have fun!

    May 31

  • Hong W.

    Leaving now, will take at least 30min. Sorry

    May 31

  • Mark T.

    We'll have the grill going & we're getting burgers & dogs + fixin's. The omnivores will be all set, but which veggie burgers don't end up like coasters, and which veggie dogs aren't like linoleum?

    2 · May 27

    • Valerie

      I'm going to the West Side Market. Is anyone planning to bring corn on the cob, portabella mushrooms, etc.? If not, I can pick some up.

      1 · May 31

    • Valerie

      Note: was just there; this is the place to go for a Saturday evening party, as you can find some good Saturday afternoon deals on fruits and vegetables

      1 · May 31

  • Mark T.

    A jar of relish would be helpful. Have some but might not be enough.

    May 31

  • Morgan

    I think I have a red bulb to bring for night-vision friendly lighting. And I'll bring a stool or chair.

    May 31

  • Mark T.

    My cell phone is[masked]-5821. Marni's is[masked]

    May 31

  • Mark T.

    Parking: Our driveway can fit 8 to 10 vehicles. Those who don't mind walking a few hundred feet can park along the RIGHT side of Pleasant Trail (side street on the left that you pass just before getting to our house). Also, the front lawn is dry so you can head-in park right off the street (no ditch along our yard except at far right). Important: looks like a good crowd coming, so if everyone can bring one folding lawn chair with them that'd be great. We certainly won't need them all, but it'll be good to have 'em just in case.

    May 31

  • Cloudberry

    Working on the dish for the potluck...unless I don't like the way it turns out, and switch to something else, it's going to be a frittata with eggplant, sage, onion, cheese and maybe a little bit of kale thrown in. The eggplant and sage are browning in coconut oil now.

    1 · May 31

  • Joy S.

    I'll probably arrive around 7:30-8??

    1 · May 30

  • Robyn

    The cold I thought I was getting over got worse this morning (coughing/earache) so we're iffy. We'll update tomorrow.

    May 30

    • Mark T.

      May your immune system knock it out quickly!

      1 · May 30

    • Robyn

      I think Jim still wants to come and use his scope. So we'll prolly drop by closer to dark (like 8:30?) and not bring anything homemade. I don't want to pass my germs along to anyone! I'm going to bed early tonight! :)

      1 · May 30

  • Lisa M.

    I will make a raw, GF- vegan "chocolate moose pie, to enjoy while you all look up to the sky" Turky hot dogs & buns plus a sauerkraut-onion-hot souse topping, kinda like what hot dog stands used to make in Cleveland years ago, or still might? it's been over ten years, but I still like the topping! Ray will bring beer maybe wine too. Have fun, I will miss being there with you, I will look up to the stars and think of how lucky I am to have met all of you! Life is Good! I like to say, " good gets better". Love you Lisa

    4 · May 30

  • Mary K.

    I'm bringing a black bean, corn and edamame salad courtesy of Heinen's. They won't give me the secret to the mixings so I just let them do it!! LOL!! Southwestern flair for a starry night!!

    1 · May 30

  • Suzy W.

    Haven't decided what food I'll be bring yet. I know my sister is planning on bringing cut up fresh fruit. :)

    2 · May 26

    • Robyn

      Fruit I can eat! Yay!

      2 · May 27

    • Mary K.

      Me too!! Yay, as I can't eat gluten. Great Suzy!!

      1 · May 30

  • Tim C.

    I will bring a six-pack of Fat Tire (Vegan-friendly!!) and my telescope. Depending on parking situation, I may need help getting the gear unloaded and into the backyard!

    2 · May 30

  • Mary K.

    We will be there!! I'll bring some type of salad or something. What is the head count so I can know how much is needed? Looking forward to seeing ya all again as it has been awhile.

    2 · May 29

  • Debbi

    There will be a constellation of cookies from first to sixth magnitude.

    3 · May 29

    • Marni T.

      Yay! I'm all about seeking out THAT constellation ;)

      May 29

  • Steven F.

    I'll bring a couple bags of ice if they aren't spoken for yet.

    2 · May 28

  • Hong W.

    I already got napkins to bring, but still deciding on the food.

    1 · May 28

  • Marni T.

    Ice would be great, too, if anyone can bring it :)

    May 28

  • Ausha A.

    I will bring paper plates, cups, and an organic tossed salad.

    2 · May 28

  • Lisa M.

    I won't be able to make it , but Ray will attend! :)

    April 28

  • Mark T.

    We're set up to do this Meetup rain or shine, but it looks like a stable weather pattern settling in by Thursday. We have a high probability of starshine!

    3 · May 27

    • Mark T.

      Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are well-placed for evening viewing, along with a slender crescent moon. The sky here is not super-dark of course, but more than adequate for some of the better deep-sky objects.

      1 · May 27

  • Robyn

    We're bringing a bunch of GF, vegan chips in a variety of flavors and we might also bring homemade dip (that will contain dairy) or maybe a baked pie (which will also contain dairy and also eggs too). What do you vote for Mark, herb dip or key lime pie?

    3 · May 27

    • Mark T.

      I like the herb dip, but others might favor the pie! Either one would be great :)

      May 27

    • Robyn

      It's your house. You get the vote. Herb dip it is! It's all organic dairy ingredients btw. :)

      2 · May 27

  • Morgan

    I'm bringing a stir-fry with crispy tofu.

    3 · May 27

  • Cloudberry

    Has anyone thought of inviting Jim Quinn? His presentation highlighted Henrietta Leavitt's contributions so well.

    May 26

  • laura s.

    There are 3 rd closures due to whatever. Does anyone know the best way around them . I'm going 90 all the way.

    May 20

  • Sam S.

    Henrietta was just mentioned on Cosmos

    3 · April 27

  • Ausha A.

    I don't see my name on the list, but I did respond a while ago, with yes.

    April 23

  • Wendy R.

    Does this mean there's nothing going on this weekend?

    April 22

    • Mark T.

      Nothing at this point, but sometimes meetups unexpectedly pop into existence :)

      1 · April 22

    • Robyn

      It's Arbor Day Weekend at Holden Arboretum. Get in free 4/26 and 4/27. If you don't do that - at least plant some trees.

      2 · April 23

  • Dwayne & Julie V.

    Sorry, Dwayne and I have a wedding on 5/31. Hopefully, we can attend the second anniversary next year.

    April 22

    • Marni T.

      Boo! Hope you guys have fun without us ;)

      1 · April 22

    • Mark T.

      We'll miss you two! Sorry we had to shuffle this event around.

      April 22

  • Wendy R.

    I will still bring donuts.

    2 · April 22

  • Mark T.

    Add one extra week for warmth- pushed ahead (back?) yet again to Saturday, May 31 at 6pm! There will be a sliver of a young Moon to observe, which will add some early astronomical pleasure.

    April 21

  • Suzy W.

    Good idea...warmer is always better!

    3 · April 21

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