posted by: bueter
Got a punchline? Share your wit at the South Bend Science Cafe on January 12, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at Chicory Cafe in South Bend, IN. I will be the guest speaker addressing astronomy highlights that dovetail with two celebrations: South Bend’s 150th Anniversary and the 2015 International Year of Light. The only rules are that the speaker has a 15-minute presentation followed by Q&A, no PowerPoint or slides are allowed, and the speaker must have a beverage in one hand and a microphone in the other. Among the topics I intend to introduce will be:
- First Midnight, an elongated star chart of the May 22, 1865, midnight sky that is painted on the crosswalk at Washington and Jefferson Streets. The stars will appear the same during the sesquicentennial, with a different arrangement of visible planets.
- Eltanin (labeled in the crosswalk), the brightest star in Draco, which is approximately 150 light years away, and whose light left the star approximately when South Bend was formed and is just now reaching us.
- SB150 Young Astronomers, a yearlong initiative in which South Bend youths will control research-grade telescopes remotely while learning the night sky locally. The program is an affiliate of Skynet Junior Scholars, with support from The Summers Group, Project Impact South Bend, NAACP South Bend Branch, and others. Youths may register in person at the Century Center in South Bend on Monday, January 19, 2015, during the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
- Dark Sky Advocacy. As the city expands its Light Up South Bend campaign and as LED lights come into vogue, the shortcomings of blue-rich lighting needs to be part of the dialogue. Are you using the f.lux app or its equivalent?
- South Bend River Lights, a piece of installation art that purports to be dark-sky friendly as it lights up the St. Joseph River, the dam, and architectural features.
- Nightwise.org, my rebuilt website (dang hackers), at which I try to promote local astronomy happenings. Please send me your announcements for items that should be included on the Michiana Astronomy Calendar.
Back to the punchline…send me your best, and I’ll have a frosty beverage for creators of the top three punchlines I receive beforehand. Hope to see you at Science Cafe.