Just as Comet ISON re-emerges from the other side of the sun, the Comet Festival is gaining steam. The Comet Festival embraces the uncertain fate of the sungrazing comet with a celebration from November 28 (periheilion) through December 8, 2013. One intention is to show that science does not have all the answers as we collectively watch a celestial phenomenon unfold.
Participating organizations range from A to Z (literally, from the astronomical society to the zoo). To encourage the cross-promotion of each group’s respective events and to coordinate activities, a planning meeting will be at the planetarium in Kennedy Primary Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 9:00 a.m. Organizations, businesses, or individuals that want to step up for community-based science education are welcome to attend. Here’s a chance to show we value science, not just by teaching it but by living it together.
Dr. Padma Yanamandra-Fisher
Dr. Padma Yanamandra-Fisher of the Space Science Institute will join the dialogue via Skype to share some of the latest findings from the NASA Comet ISON Observing Campaign, for which she is spearheading the social media aspects while also conducting research with key NASA spacecraft.
More information and suggested reading is at http://cometfestival.com/index.php/planning/september-4-meeting/. If you wish to attend, please reply to Chuck Bueter by Tuesday, September 3, for seating is limited. Thanks for rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty doing community science.
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