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
-- check us out for the debut (
blog -- October, 2011 , or the photo
-- 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:
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.