Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
It just gets better and better. For the first time, the American Astronomical Society will have a presence at Shore Leave. This is not only the US professional astronomy society, but the largest professional astronomy society in the world. Further we will welcome representatives from the Space Telescope Science Institute, Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers, the University of Wyoming, the Center for Astronomy and Physics Education Research, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. They will show you astronomical discoveries, talk about ongoing cutting-edge space science activities, and discuss issues about science education. Please join us for news from the final frontier.
Our science guests this year are: Paul Abell, Wayne Bird, Charles Blue, Kirk Borne, Kelly Fast, Jerry Feldman, Lindley Johnson, Yoji Kondo, Rob Landis, Amy Mainzer, Andrew McDonald, Emmett Plant, Stephanie J. Slater, Timothy F. Slater, and Margaret A. Weitekamp.
Five of our science guests will be signing books at the Meet the Pros party on Friday night (10pm – midnight). The science authors are Yoji Kondo, Emmett Plant, Tim and Stephanie Slater, and Margaret A. Weitekamp. They will give talks during Friday evening’s science programming.
On Saturday, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) will raffle off a number of Galileoscopes, the handheld telescope kits which were originally developed for the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. This is a free raffle. To enter, please visit the AAS table, enter the raffle, and ask questions of the astronomers. Later in the day there will be a demo for the winners (and anyone else who'd like to kibbitz) to teach you how to assemble your telescope.
As always, weather permitting, Stargazing will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings on the tennis courts.
Shore Leave stargazing is brought to you by the Westminster Astronomical Society, the Harford County Astronomical Society, and the Howard County Astronomical League. These are local amateur astronomy groups promoting astronomy education and outreach in the community.