• Gravitational Wave Lecture
    Dr. Peter Saulson Professor of Physics, Syracuse University Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves Abstract: On September 14, 2015, a gravitational wave signal was received by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO). It was generated by the collision of two black holes, each around 30 times as massive as the sun, about 1.3 billion light years away. The signal, the first ever reception of gravitational waves, tells the story of the last two tenths of a second of the lives of those two black holes, and the first few milliseconds of the life of the 60 solar mass black hole that they formed. Since then, LIGO and its sister project Virgo have heard signals from a number of other collisions; the most spectacular was the reception on August 17, 2017 of the signal of a collision between two neutron stars, similar in “sound” to a black hole collision, but in this case also accompanied by flashes of gamma rays, visible light, radio waves and X-rays. This talk will explain the basics of gravitational waves, how we detect them, and the highlights of what we are beginning to learn about the universe by observing it in this new way. https://www.newpaltz.edu/sse/harrington/

    Coykendall Science Building Auditorium

    1 Hawk Drive · New Paltz, NY

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  • November Star Party - ON for SATURDAY NIGHT
    Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. As a reminder, when you RSVP that you are attending, you will be asked to provide your license plate number and your make and model car. We need this to provide to the Park management who will then provide it to the State Police and State Park Police. If you are not on the list, you are not supposed to be there as we are there after park hours. If you are there and not on the list and the Police show up, we are not sure what the consequences will be. Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf As usual, we will be in the West Beach parking lot at Lake Taghkanic. You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at the address below. It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc. http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html Note: Winter and late Fall viewing conditions can be very clear - but also very cold. As you'll be standing around looking at the stars for a while you may feel even colder than otherwise when outdoors. Dress warmly and consider bringing extra layers in case you get colder as the night goes on.

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    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Lake Taghkanic State Park · Elizaville, NY

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  • SUNY Astronomy Night - FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
    Our next Astronomy Night is this Thursday, November 1st 2018. Tickets for the planetarium shows will be available tonight at 8:00PM at our website: https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html We have 2 different shows this week, both being presented by students: Presenting the 7:30pm show we have Alana Lake (Early Education major), and the 8:30pm show will be presented by Kristina Fiakos (Industrial/Organizational Psychology major and board member of the “Cosmic Club”). Alana says: “My show will be about exploring the Western sky along with learning about some Asian culture and mythology. We will be learning about popular constellations that we can easily see. At the end I will present research on the possibility of finding a moon outside of our own Solar System.” Kristina says: “In the 8:30 show, we will hear stories of the Greek mythology behind some of the constellations that can be viewed in tonight’s sky. These include Orion, Cepheus, Andromeda, and more. Throughout the show, we will be taking a closer look at some deep space objects which include nebulae, galaxies, and planets. We will conclude the night with a discussion about a new body recently discovered within our Solar System.” The first planetarium show will start at 7:30PM in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building. The second planetarium show will start at 8:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers cannot be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void. The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 8:30 – 10:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status. For more information and directions see our websites at http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ and http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

    John R. Kirk Planetarium

    Coykendale Science Building, SUNY New Paltz · New Paltz, NY

  • International Observe the Moon Night at SUNY New Paltz
    An annual event to encourage people from around the world to look up at our neighbor, the Moon. 7-8 pm: Presentation on NASA lunar missions Dr. Willie Yee, Solar System Ambassador Lecture Center 108, SUNY New Paltz 8-10 pm: Telescope viewing Smolen Observatory, south end of SUNY New Paltz campus Come and go any time between 8 and 10pm Telescope viewing will be canceled if it is too cloudy to see the moon. FREE. All ages welcome. http://www.newpaltz.edu/map/ http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ http://observethemoonnight.org http://www.meetup.com/mhastro/

    Smolen Observatory

    SUNY New Paltz · New Paltz, NY

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  • SUNY Astronomy Night - FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
    Tickets for the Astronomy Night planetarium shows will be available tonight at 8:00PM at our website: https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html The planetarium presenter this week is Amanda Intrabartola, a graduate student pursing a Master of Arts in Teaching in earth science. Amanda says: “In this week’s planetarium show, we will highlight various constellations that can be seen in the current night sky. We will discover the three constellations in the royal family of Ethiopia and observe other star patterns such as the Summer Triangle. The show will conclude with a presentation on Mars’ geology; the creation of the Medusae Fosse rock Formation!” The first planetarium show will start at 7:30PM in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building. The second planetarium show will start at 8:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers cannot be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void. The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 8:30 – 10:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status. For more information and directions see our websites at http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ and http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

    John R. Kirk Planetarium

    Coykendale Science Building, SUNY New Paltz · New Paltz, NY

  • Investigating Gravitational Waves with Data from LIGO
    Note: As usual, we start our meetings with a brief business meeting from 7:30 PM -8:00 PM. That meeting is open to the public - but the Astronomy talk itself starts at 8:00 PM. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced in 2016 that they had finally detected gravitational waves from colliding black holes, twenty years after construction of the detectors had begun, and almost 100 years after gravitational waves were first predicted by Einstein. LIGO releases their data to the public once they have finished their primary analysis, and they also provide sample code showing how to work with the data. For the past several summers I have guided capable high school students in the use of the public LIGO data and sample code, so that they can perform their own individual research projects, which are intended to be comparable to a college-level research course. In this talk I will provide an introduction to gravitational waves and how they have been detected by LIGO, and I will describe how students (or anyone else) can get up to speed quickly on some of the technical aspects of LIGO and use the public data for interesting research projects. ==BIO== MHAA member Eric Myers is a physicist at SUNY New Paltz, where he supports and teaches physics labs. He has previously taught physics at West Point, Vassar College, and the University of Michigan. He was a part of the team which created Einstein@Home, a distributed computing system which searches through LIGO data for evidence of gravitational waves from continuous wave sources (such as rotating neutron stars).

    Coykendall Science Bldg, SUNY New Paltz

    1 Hawk Dr. · New Paltz, NY

  • October Star Party
    Enjoy the night sky away from the bright lights of the towns and cities in our area! The night will be dark - perfect for star gazing. Bring your own telescopes and binoculars or use those provided by our members. A telescope is not required. RSVP is required at least one day beforehand. As a reminder, when you RSVP that you are attending, you will be asked to provide your license plate number and your make and model car. We need this to provide to the Park management who will then provide it to the State Police and State Park Police. If you are not on the list, you are not supposed to be there as we are there after park hours. If you are there and not on the list and the Police show up, we are not sure what the consequences will be. Please review our guide to star party etiquette if you have not been to one of our star parties before: https://files.meetup.com/2674222/MHAA%20Star%20Party%20Etiquette%20Guide.pdf As usual, we will be in the West Beach parking lot at Lake Taghkanic. You can see the Clear Sky Chart for Lake Taghkanic State Park at the address below. It will show various viewing conditions (cloud cover, transparency, darkness) as well as temperature, wind, etc. http://www.cleardarksky.com/c/LkTagNYkey.html

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    Lake Taghkanic State Park

    Lake Taghkanic State Park · Elizaville, NY

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  • SUNY Astronomy Night - FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
    The Astronomy Night program continues this week on Thursday, October[masked]. Tickets for the planetarium shows will be available tonight at 8:00PM at the Kirk Planetarium website: https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html Presenting in the Planetarium we have physics and astronomy major David Meer. David says: “The ocean and water is one of the fundamental building blocks of human society, and ancient astronomers realized that. We have an entire section of the sky called "The Great Sea", and on Thursday we will explore it! We will view all the water-based constellations in it, and look at two bodies in our Solar System highly associated with water; Europa and Neptune!” The first planetarium show will start at 7:30PM in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building. The second planetarium show will start at 8:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers cannot be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void. The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 8:30 – 10:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status. For more information and directions see our websites at http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ and http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

    John R. Kirk Planetarium

    Coykendale Science Building, SUNY New Paltz · New Paltz, NY

  • International Observe the Moon Night
    International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide, public celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, we encourage everyone on Earth to observe and learn about the Moon together, its connections to planetary science and exploration, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with Earth’s nearest neighbor. This year, International Observe the Moon Night is also a perfect opportunity to highlight the Apollo program 50th anniversary. Weather permitting, the Smolen Observatory will be open. Members of the MHAA will be there with additional telescopes. There will be a presentation indoors on NASA's past, present, and future lunar missions. Details to be posted later.

    Smolen Observatory

    SUNY New Paltz · New Paltz, NY

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  • SUNY Astronomy Night - FREE BUT TICKETS REQUIRED
    The next Astronomy Night is coming up on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Tickets for the planetarium shows will be available tonight at 8:00PM at our website: https://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html This week in the planetarium show we will look at planet formation. In particular, we will dive into the young planetary system “PDS 70.” Here, planet formation is directly observed; a growing gas giant planet has cleared out a detectable gap in the disk of gas and dust surrounding the star. Astronomers are able to estimate the rate at which the planet is accreting mass, shedding light on the process of planet making. The first planetarium show will start at 7:30PM in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building. The second planetarium show will start at 8:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers cannot be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void. The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 8:30 – 10:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status. For more information and directions see our websites at http://www.newpaltz.edu/observatory/ and http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/

    John R. Kirk Planetarium

    Coykendale Science Building, SUNY New Paltz · New Paltz, NY