What we're about

The Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association is a gathering point for people interested in Astronomy and Science in the Mid-Hudson Valley. We organize a monthly lecture series, as well as monthly observing sessions at dark sky sites in the Hudson Valley, and public and educational events. To become a supporting member of the MHAA, go to http://join.midhudsonastro.org . Dues are $25 per year. Our members are available to make presentations or arrange for public observations of the night sky or the sun and to help beginners learn how to get started in astronomy.

You can find our Star Party Schedule at: https://sites.google.com/midhudsonastro.org/starpartyschedule

Upcoming events (2)

Stellarium Workshop - Envision the Skies Anytime and Anywhere

SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center

This month's meeting is a hand's on workshop and will be held in the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center in room 108. You are encouraged to bring your own laptops although some loaners will be available. Get a head start by downloading the software from www.stellarium.org. Stellarium is free software that can show you what the sky looks like from anywhere on Earth (and even other planets) for any time and day. Stellarium is used in the Kirk Planetarium at SUNY New Paltz, but you can also run it on your own personal computer. This meeting, which will be run as an interactive workshop, will introduce you how to navigate, control, and customize Stellarium, followed by a selection of more advanced topics, such as installing pre-made landscapes, creating new landscapes, and using the Ocular plugin to simulate what you would see in a particular model of telescope. You are encouraged to bring your own laptop so you can download and try Stellarium in real time. Some loaner laptops will be available, and we can also pair people up, so that everybody gets a chance to give it a try. The workshop will be held in SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center in room 108, starting at 8:00 PM. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend -- you don't have to me a member of MHAA. As usual, there will be an MHAA business meeting beforehand, starting at 7:30 PM. Event leader: Eric Myers is a physicist at SUNY New Paltz. He previously taught astronomy at Marist College, where he used Stellarium for homework assignments. He has published several Stellarium landscapes, including one for the Walkway Over the Hudson. At this workshop he will debut a new "Vade Mecum" for Stellarium

A Musical Refuge Under the Stars

John R. Kirk Planetarium

Please join us for a very special planetarium show with live musical accompaniment by Music Department faculty member, Alex Peh, and his piano students. Recently, this ensemble performed the suite A Musical Refuge, which inspired the performers to pair the music with a visual background depicting the night sky and various celestial objects. We decided it would be perfect to bring this concept under the dome of the John R. Kirk Planetarium! This show will feature music by composers Philip Glass and Arvo Part performed live by Assistant Professor Peh and his piano students. The lush, cyclical patterns of Philip Glass’ "Four Movements for Two Pianos" and the tranquil refuge of Arvo Part’s "Spiegel im Spiegel" will serve as the backdrop for exploring the wonder of the night sky during this special event. Free tickets will be available on Tuesday, February 19 at 8 PM Visit our homepage to reserve tickets https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/ Questions? Please contact Raj Pandya, Director, John R. Kirk Planetarium [masked] or[masked]

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Planetarium shows: free but tickets required

John R. Kirk Planetarium

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