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  • Russell B. Kaspar
    Good news...the e-mail below went out from Indiana University...Kirkwood Observatory. Good support....Read the part on IFSP. Thank You, Indiana University!
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      Good news...the e-mail below went out from Indiana University...Kirkwood Observatory.

      Good support....Read the part on IFSP.

      Thank You, Indiana University!


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      Russ Kaspar
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      Subject: Kirkwood Observatory Monthly Bulletin - July, 2009

      Kirkwood Observatory Monthly Bulletin - July, 2009

      Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with


      This month:

      a.. Kirkwood Observatory Open Nights in July
      b.. Summer Astronomy Film Series Continues in July
      c.. Solar Fireworks on July 4th
      d.. Indiana Family Star Party, July 23-26
      e.. Visit the New IAS Multi-Media Library
      f.. Hal Kibbey's Star Trak Column for This Month's Planet and Sky Events



      Join us each Wednesday evening this summer for a special astronomy film series in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. The series will run from 7:30-9:30 PM each Wednesday evening, rain or shine, prior to the weekly Kirkwood Observatory Open Night. We are offering an alternating program of classic feature films and recent, fun documentaries covering a wide range of astronomy and space themes. The schedule of films is available on the I-Universe website at iya.astro.indiana.edu/film.html. No charge for admission, and free popcorn will be provided!

      The series continues on July 1 with a "Simpsons Futurama" double feature.

      Films will be screened in Rm 119 of Swain Hall West on the IU Bloomington campus (727 E. 3rd St ). Each film will start at 7:30 PM and end no later than 9:30 PM. Running times vary from approximately 1 to 2 hours. Consult the schedule to see the approximate running times for each feature.

      Kirkwood Observatory will open at 10 PM following the film, weather permitting.



      Kirkwood Observatory on the IU campus will be open each Wednesday evening all summer, weather permitting! Join us for a night of observing the night sky with the Kirkwood 12" refractor. Please visit our schedule at http://www.astro.indiana.edu/kirkwood.shtml, for a list of dates and times. For updated weather conditions and closings, please call the Kirkwood Observatory Hotline at (812) 855-7736.

      Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/iuastro! Receive the most up-to-date opening/closing information for Kirkwood Observatory right on your phone or desktop by subscribing to our twitter feed.

      Tours of Kirkwood Observatory are available for your class or educational group, either at night for use of the telescope or during the day for solar viewing. There is no charge. Send email to outreach@... to schedule a visit.



      The Solar Telescope at Kirkwood Observatory will be open to the public on Saturday, July 4, from 1-3pm. With luck, viewers will be able to see a solar prominence or two - although the Sun continues to lag behind schedule in producing new sunspots and active events. Solar viewing is, of course, weather permitting. Updated weather conditions and closings will be posted at the Kirkwood Observatory Hotline at (812) 855-7736, and at the Observatory webpage, http://www.astro.indiana.edu/kirkwood.shtml.

      Monthly openings of the solar telescope are planned for the first Saturday of each monthly during our 2009 observing season, in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.



      The Indiana Family Star Party, sponsored by the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society, Indiana Astronomical Society, the Muncie Astronomy Club, and Camp Cullom, takes place this year from July 23 through 26 at the Prairie Grass Observatory near Frankfurt, IN. The star party features presentations during the day and star gazing in the evening. It's a great way to get into the new hobby of astronomy. Details can be found at the Indiana Family Star Party web site. Camp sites available. Come for an evening, or stay the whole weekend!



      The Indiana Astronomical Society has opened a new multi-media library, available at http://www.iaslibrary.org The library includes all kinds of material on astronomy from the internet, including short multimedia videos from "YouTube" and other sources to lectures on astrophysics from Yale. It's a great way to learn more about the Universe, as well as the hobby of astronomy - There are great videos on how to select and use a telescope, too.

      The next General Meeting of the Indiana Astronomical Society is on Saturday, July 11, at 7 PM at the Link Observatory. See http://www.iasindy.org/ for details on the program.

      The New Astronomers Group meets on July 18 at McCloud Park at 7:30 PM - get help learning to use that new telescope!


      The Stonebelt Stargazers meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Morrow Observatory on the Bedford North Lawrence High School Campus, Bedford, Indiana. For further information, see http://www.mainbyte.com/stargazers/.

      This month the Stargazers will again participate in Gus Grissom Day at Spring Mill State Park on July 18, 12-4 PM, with a Star Party on the same evening in the Park from 9:30-11:30 PM.

      The Stargazers host public star parties monthly at Spring Mill State Park, see their website for further details.



      To see what celestial events are in store for this month, check out the Hal Kibbey's Star Trak column at Star Trak: IU News Room: Indiana University


      Holcomb Planetarium will be open to the public on July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25. The doors open at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. Observing at the observatory will follow the presentation when weather permits. Check the website at Holcomb Planetarium at Butler University for details (see www.butler.edu/holcomb-observatory).



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