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Team Awestronomy's "Science Corner" at the Harrisonburg Farmers' Market: a novel grass-root outreach program that takes Astronomy at the ... Market. Literally.

The team features the Sun and its bubbling activity through a Coronado telescope and sunspotters, "cooked" edible comets and shows around how they form their tail when the future eater pretends to be the Sun and blows a bit of solar wind on them; we also offer planets' surfaces and asteroids that can form craters on them, and we are not easily stopped from talking about astronomy. If the whether is wonderfully sunny, and the cold is not as bitter as expected for late Fall/Winter mornings... we only jump around of joy of science sharing. Thanks everyone for the smart questions and comments on how science fills up your everyday lives!

-- check us out for the debut ( blog -- October, 2011 , or the photo album )

-- and the 2nd sunny appearance ( blog -- November, 2011 , or the photo album) of the Fall 2011.

The Spring 2012 Series continue with similar events for every last Saturday of the month, wheather permitting.

Here are a few snippets of what the AwestroTeam is usually up to:

-- January 28, 2012
-- Febraury 25, 2012 -- cancelled, due to wheather.
-- March 31, 2012
-- April 28, 2012

Here are a few little movies on:
-- edible comet making , featuring Anthony Saikin as Julia Child...
-- getting the tail out of a (real) comet, featuring Kyle Eskridge (the Sun) and Emil Christensen (the orbiting comet)
-- sun in the sunspotter, featuring... the comet making in the background...
-- asteroid falling and creation of craters , featuring Jonathan Iredell (with a broken shoulder, but not due to asteroid falling on planets)
-- praises for our program , featuring an enthusiastic learner after some viewing of the solar flares. Nathan DiDomenico was manning the Coronado.
-- more to come..






Expanding Your Horizons at JMU: a free one-day conference aimed at girls in grades 7-10, organized with the goal to stimulate the participants' interest in math through hands-on activities, to provide them with female scientist role models, and to foster awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers.

-- check out the Astro Workshop: Your Cosmic Neighbors and Beyond

If you register for this event, this is what you should expect to learn about:

You might know that you're nothing but star dust, or stellar material, as your parents told you. You might also know that the star that gives us light and warmth is just one of the billions that live in the outskirts of our galaxy, the Milky Way. You have probably heard that the center of our own galaxy harbors a black hole that is about three million times more massive than our Sun, and that this is not at all an atypical behavior for a galaxy. If you wondered about how astronomers discovered such breathtaking features of our surrounding universe, come and ask your questions. Weather permitting, you will also have the chance to investigate sun spots through safe solar telescopes.







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