Star Party: Experience the Dark Sky
When: Friday, August 4 at 9pm
Where: Twisp Soccer Fields (Get Directions)
This event is a unique chance to see the night sky, very literally, through an expert's lens. Shane Larson is going to stay in the Methow for a few days after his First Tuesday talk; Shane will team up with the Conservancy and a team of local astronomers to offer a star viewing party. We're fortunate to have very little light pollution in the Methow, making this an incredible place to experience the night sky in all its glory.
Can't get enough learning about the night sky? Join The Methow Dark Sky Coalition for their Milky Way Social Club event on August 3 at the Methow Valley Ciderhouse. Event details at this link.
Shane Larson is a research professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is the Associate Director of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics). He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries, and the galaxy with both the ground-based LIGO project, and future space-based observatory LISA. He grew up in Eastern Oregon, and was formerly a tenured associate professor of physics at Utah State University. He is an award winning teacher, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In addition to his career as a professional astronomer, he is an avid amateur astronomer, observing with homebuilt telescopes: a 12.5" named EQUINOX, a 16" named CALYPSO, and a 22" named COSMOS MARINER. He contributes regularly to a public science blog at writescience.wordpress.com, and tweets with the handle @sciencejedi.
Banner photo courtesy of Shane L. Larson