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Star Quest 2019 set at Green Bank

Submitted photo The Central Appalachian Astronomy Club of WV and the Green Bank Observatory would like to invite the community to the 16th annual Green Bank Star Quest, being held June 26-29.

The Central Appalachian Astronomy Club of WV and the Green Bank Observatory would like to invite the community to a special astronomy event. This upcoming event is the 16th annual Green Bank Star Quest, being held June 26-29..

It is a four-day learning event open to all ages. It is the largest star party in the nation that combines both optical and radio astronomy. Star Quest is held at the Green Bank Observatory, located in Green Bank, and the rural location provides some of the darkest skies in the Mid Atlantic.

Green Bank Observatory graciously allows the group to host this star party at their facility, where the infrastructure allows events and lectures to continue, even if there is inclement weather.

The featured keynote presentation on Saturday evening will be given by Shane Larson, Research Associate Professor KF7W0Z, Associate Director, CIERA (Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics); Fellow, American Physical Society – speaking on: “The Once and Future Moon”.

Other keynote presentations being given on different evenings include, on Wednesday evening, Terry Trees: Chairman, Mid-East Regional Astronomical League – speaking on “Asteroids: Their Discovery, Composition, and Observation.”

On Thursday evening, Terry Mann, Vice-President of the Ohio Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association; Chair of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League; Astro Imager; Aurora Chaser – speaking on: “Apollo Landing Sites and Their Stories”

Friday evening will be G. Wesley (Wes) Patterson, Planetary Exploration Group (SRE), Space Exploration Sector (SES), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory – speaking on: “Lunar Exploration in Today’s World: The Legacy of Apollo”.

Saturday afternoon: Mark (Indy) Kochte, New Horizons Mission Specialist, speaking on “What is a Planet? Defining the Undefinable”

Children’s activities will be available at different times through the four-day event, with a schedule posted at the registration desk. Jimmy “O’Dell” Carroll, one of the original Rocket Boys, is scheduled to be there to help with the children’s rocket launch.

There will be orientation classes available via sign-up sheets for a limited number of people to be able to attend observation session on the 40′ Dish. There will also be sign-up sheets available to do a high tech tour of the GBT control room. Weather permitting, there will be solar scopes set up, and nighttime observing at your own campsite.

Clinics and additional presentations will be held daily (indoors) on multiple subjects, with some of the speakers listed here: Caitlin Ahrens, Doctorate Student, Space and Planetary Sciences, University of Arkansas.

Jeff Ball – President of Jeff Ball Photography; speaking on: “Expanding your backyard astroimaging time through the use of filters.” Join Jeff and other astroimagers as they discuss the utilization of various filters for DSLR and One Shot Color cameras that will extend your imaging time in your own backyard.

Steve Boermer – Astronomical League Master and Binocular Master Observer; Astronomical League Citizen Science Committee; High School Chemistry Teacher; Teacher Of the Year; Saint Louis Media Director of the Year;

Tim Hamilton, Ph.D. – Professor of Physics, Shawnee State University, Coordinator of the Clark Planetarium;

Sue Ann Heatherly – Senior Education Officer, Green Bank Observatory;

David Holden – The Meteorite Man;

Mark (Indy) Kochte – New Horizons Mission Analyst;

Shane Larson – Research Associate Professor KF7W0Z; Associate Director Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA); Fellow, American Physical Society;

Terry Mann – Past President of the Astronomical League, Vice-President of the Miami Valley Astronomical Society, Astro-imager, Aurora Chaser;

Brent Maynard – MS, Director – Enterprise Applications, Marshall University Computing Services;

G. Wesley (Wes) Patterson – Planetary Exploration Group (SRE), Space Exploration Sector

(SES), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory;

Robert Royce – Optician, Telescope Maker, Telescope Historian;

Michelle Shinn, Ph.D. – Program Manager for Industrial Concepts, Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of Science, US Department of Energy;

John Taylor – Vice- President, Central Appalachian Astronomy Club;

Nate Tehrani – Guidance Navigator and Control Engineer, NASA IV&V.

Members of the Green Bank Observatory will also be doing presentations.

The campground has graveled roads, sanitary stations and a hot shower facility close by. There is a four-day registration fee with limited bunkhouse accommodations for an additional small fee. Walk-ins are welcome. There have been several nice prizes donated that will be raffled off. For anyone who is interested in attending, there is more information also available at our website link: http://www.greenbankstarquest.org/.

Sponsored by Central Appalachian Astronomy Club, West Virginia, and Green Bank Observatory.

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