May Observing Evening (Day 2 of Astrocamp)

Saturday, 11th May 2013 at 12pm - 11pm

Location: Society Clubrooms

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SATURDAY 11th of MAY (Day 2 of Astrocamp)

10am Informal breakfast at the Wild Oats in Carterton

Afternoon program at the Clubrooms

1:00pm             THE LATEST SCIENCE NEWS  with Edwin Rodley

1:30pm             ANCIENT GREEK ASTRONOMY           Presentation by George Moutzouris


The Greek contribution to astronomy was not so much in observation as it was in applying logical thinking and geometry to these observations. That is how Greek mathematicians figured out that the earth was spherical and went around the sun, calculated the size of the earth, understood eclipses and eclipse cycles and developed the first valid idea of the scale of the universe. 

This presentation is about those ancient Greek astronomers/mathematicians and their great contributions to our knowledge of the heavens and, to the world we know today.


2:20pm             Afternoon tea

2:30pm             KURANUI ASTRONOMY            with Matt Boucher




Ian Cooper presents an insight into the genesis of the book “Imaging the Southern Sky” and how the final result came about.


3:30pm             ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with Stephen Chadwick & Ian Cooper


5:00pm             Dinner at the Buckhorn in Carterton


Evening program in the clubrooms

7:00pm             LEGACY OF THE BLACK PHARAOHS Presentation by Kay Leather
An assembly of huge stone slabs and a calendar circle have been identified in Egypt’s Sahara Desert at Nabta Playa.  The site has been confirmed by scientists to be the oldest known astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world.  Nabta Playa was once a large basin in the Nubian Desert, at the gates of Black Africa, occupied by humans from about 6,500 to 6,000 years ago.  Egyptian and Nubian cultures interacted over the millennia and Nubian pharaohs ruled Egypt during the 25th dynasty.  This talk looks at the Nabta Playa site and its possible legacy in neighbouring Egypt.
7:40pm             Tea

7:50pm             TOURS OF THE SOUTHERN SKY         with Stephen Chadwick


Using many of the world class images from his book "Imaging the Southern Sky," Stephen has created a series of audio-visuals that will take you on short trips through the chapters in the book.

8:30pm             AUTUMN NIGHT SKY (AV) followed by TELESCOPE VIEWING
10:00pm           Science Fiction Movie


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