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