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CfA/Harvard-Smithson­ian Observatory: Lecture and Observatory Night

>>Per an e-mail from David Aguilar at the CfA on Wednesday, February 20 (sign up for the CfA e-mail list!):

As we all know, last week ended with a BANG thanks to a dramatic, and damaging, surprise from outer space. For our Thursday Observatory Night presentation we have invited Gareth Williams from the Minor Planet Center to fill in a few astounding details of this event before our main 7:30 presentation, which features Rebekah Dawson on "Gas Giant Mysteries." Doors will open promptly at 6:59 pm and we will begin with Gareth at 7:15. Also, PLEASE dress warmly tomorrow night. The weather forecasters are calling for clear and cold 20 F degrees. Our main target will be Jupiter! See you tomorrow.<<

Only Nerd Fun members will be counted in the RSVP list. Visit the CfA website (see below), then decide if you would like to bring guests.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., but get there early . . . even before 6:45 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served for the main lecture room. The overflow crowd sits in a separate screening room. Admission is free.

Heather and I arrive at different times. I plan to be there by 6:45 p.m. Look for both of us and our meetup signs in the line, at the back left of the auditorium, and/or on the observatory roof. Don't be shy. Say hi and introduce yourselves.

If weather permits, rooftop stargazing through telescopes will follow the presentation. Dress for stargazing. No experience is necessary. The Center for Astrophysics and the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston set up all the telescopes. All you have to do is peek through the lens!

Free parking is available to everyone after 5 p.m. (Ignore the "staff only" signs.) Drive up to the back, up the hill. The presentation is up the stairs that are opposite the observatory-in-a-box.

From the Harvard stop on the MBTA Red Line, take any bus or trackless trolley going west on Concord Avenue in Cambridge (Arlmont Village and Belmont Center buses; Huron Avenue trolley) and get off at the Observatory Hill stop.

>>For more information about and directions to this event, visit the CfA website: http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/events or call them at 617.495.7461.<<

A line forms early for this event. Please do not cut in line because we will meet inside the auditorium: go to the back left of the auditorium as you are facing the front. The overflow crowd goes into a separate screening room, so everyone gets in to see the presentation. Even if we don't sit together, we will meet after the lecture and up on the roof. If you are in the separate screening room, turn right after you exit and walk toward the courtyard, then look for signs pointing the way to the telescopes. You can also look for the meetup sign (both Heather and I have one) while we are waiting in line to look through the telescopes.

Sitting at the left rear of the lecture hall is a way to let people find me and an empty seat that much more easily. Please sit where you are most comfortable. We will be able to chat after the lecture, while we wait in line for a chance to stargaze through the several rooftop telescopes. Each telescope is usually trained on a different sight in the nighttime sky, so waiting in several lines gives us plenty of time to introduce ourselves.

>>The CfA would prefer that attendees not take pictures, but if you decide to, please do not use a flash.<<

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From the CfA:

Observatory Night: "Gas Giant Mysteries," Rebekah Dawson, CfA

Tonight Jupiter will rise in our sky as it has for millenia. We would never guess that its current orderly motion underwent an upheaval in the young solar system. New studies tell the tumultuous story of the giant planets, both here and in other planetary systems throughout the galaxy.

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  • Lou

    It was very crowded, wasn't able to find you guys. I ended up in the overflow room, enjoyed it very much... I did go up on the roof to see Jupiter, nice and refreshing up there... would have loved a hot chocolate... maybe next time....

    February 23, 2013

  • Marianne

    One of the best lectures and viewing nights (particularly the dash-cam video show: "I like the sound of breaking glass . . . ."). Thanks to all of you who found me and said hello. That meetup sign is a dead giveaway!

    2 · February 22, 2013

    • Heather

      12 people? funny

      1 · February 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I didn't get to find you - ended up in the overflow room, and didn't see anybody on the roof! Still, got to see Jupiter. Awesome!

      February 22, 2013

  • Marianne

    Sorry, Nick Lowe! That's "I love the sound of breaking glass . . . ."

    February 22, 2013

  • Stacie

    I really enjoyed the lecture and viewing. I can't wait until next month!

    February 22, 2013

  • Heather

    I'll see if I can watch online since I'm still in hel^H at work.

    1 · February 21, 2013

    • Kelly S.

      Wow they're turning people away! I'll try to get here earlier next month

      February 21, 2013

    • Stacey

      I got turned away even though I arrived early. I will try to be earlier next month too! I thought 6:40 would be ok.

      February 21, 2013

  • Joel E.

    Bill and I had to go to the overflow room. Enjoy the presentation.
    Joel

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Laura

    I rsvped in error, sorry.

    February 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sudden change in plans, folks. Sorry to miss out on this, but I will make the next one. Have fun.

    February 21, 2013

  • Heather

    Crazy busy with work project. Announced to them that I am busy Thursday evening. Hopefully I can get out in time to get to this. Either way, this work "crunch time" won't be a problem in March... so if I have to miss this one I won't miss the dang next one. (I'm laying out a computer chip... my boss seems to think it's pretty important to finish it. pffft)

    February 18, 2013

    • Heather

      Really want to hear the hubhub about the meteor.

      February 18, 2013

    • Heather

      Even if I don't have to work I'm going to fall over tired. I feel like I'm doing a residency. stupid way to live. So Everyone, be nice, help Marianne hobnob and connect people. Nerd on without me.

      February 21, 2013

  • Marianne

    I'll be there with my meetup sign no later than 6:45 p.m. Look for me in line, at the back of the auditorium, and in the lines for the telescope viewing. Over 35 have signed up as of this writing, so don't be shy! Introduce yourselves and say hello.

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Kelly S.

    Plus one! I've never been, but sounds awesome :)

    February 19, 2013

  • Tia P.

    Sounds like fun

    February 15, 2013

  • Ann N.

    Tentative, pending work schedule. Will update RSVP as needed.

    February 14, 2013

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