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The SLAS meetings are always informative and interesting. Save the date - the third Friday of each month. Updates are posted just hours before the meeting, but count on SLAS for a great event!
Here is the info for the SLAS regular meeting tonight, Friday, January 21. Special Awards will be presented tonight! Don't miss it!
Preserving the Night Sky
Stephen Hummel will be featured at the January meeting of the Saint Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will be held via Zoom online conference only. The meeting and lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m.
McDonald Observatory and many partners are working to establish the Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve (DSR) in the Big Bend region of Far West Texas and Northern Mexico. Once completed and certified by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the reserve will encompass over 15,000 square miles of land and be among the largest reserves of its kind in the world, and help to preserve the night sky for decades to come. We'll discuss the many lessons learned during this project and tips on how to mitigate light pollution in your own neighborhood.
Stephen Hummel works at the University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, TX on issues related to light pollution and community outreach. Stephen is an astrophotographer in his spare time. Prior to moving to West Texas in 2018, Stephen lived in St. Louis and was active in the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri.
Moon photo was taken at a SLAS event by Christine.
Geek out with us on the first Friday of every month!
Learn the real science behind science fiction and mingle with others interested in the geekier side of life. Each month, First Friday features a different theme, hands-on activities, pub-style trivia, engaging presentations, photo opps for showing off your costume, and food and drink specials.
The evening culminates with a free screening of a classic science fiction movie or episode. First Friday favorites like public telescope viewings, a free 7 PM Planetarium star show, and special prices for our special exhibition are a staple at every event.
Each month there is a different theme! Check back to learn more about each month's theme.
St. Louis Space Frontier hosts two outreach tables in the Planetarium. We'd love your help at these tables to talk about space exploration and settlement.
The Tower Grove Park Astronomy Festival will be a day of educational programs that will be free and open to the community to highlight all things astronomy + the natural world, and we would love for you to participate.
At the moment organizers are planning solar and nighttime telescope viewing, a mobile planetarium, rocket launches with Challenger Learning Center, Astronomy lectures, a vendor fair, and a night hike with MDC. Since Tower Grove Park is an Important Birding Area through the Audubon Society, and this event will be in our fall bird migration season, they will also highlight light pollution along the Mississippi Flyway and its effect on bird migration.
St. Louis Space Frontier is participating in the vendor fair from 2:00-5:00pm, where there will be food trucks and vendors with tables/booths to represent their organizations and to offer interactive activities. We will have a booth during this time.
Closer to the event, we will post a more specific location.
Photo: Paul Sableman https://www.flickr.com/photos/pasa/
Many StLSFnss members are also members of Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) and attend ASEM meetings on the second Saturday of each Month. Join ASEM members for dinner, business meeting, and presentation at the Weldon Springs Interpretative Center. These events are free, open to the public, and family friendly. Visit the ASEM website for more information. http://www.asemonline.org/