Northwoods StarFest 2013
Beaver Creek Reserve
Fall Creek, Wisconsin
August 9 - 11, 2013
Sponsored by the Chippewa
Valley Astronomical Society (C.V.A.S.)
Image by Ben Huset
A note from the CVAS President:
Star Fest Information
Join us at the 26th annual Northwoods Starfest, August 9th through 11th, 2013 at Hobbs Observatory near Fall Creek, Wisconsin.
Hobbs Observatory is part of the Beaver Creek Reserve (BCR).
Recreational possibilities include the Eau Claire County Youth Camp,
the Wise Nature Center, hiking trails, and bicycling.
Hobbs Observatory has two domes, one with a 24-inch f/5 reflector and the other with a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain. There is a large meeting area where some talks and presentations take place. There is a large auditorium located south of the county highway at the Nature Center. There is a large field in front of the observatory to set up for observing. The skies are quite dark.
C.V.A.S. has reserved the camp for Starfest use. The camp has five cabins and the Cedar Lodge. The cabins sleep 20; the lodge, up to 40. Cabins have bunk style beds and mattresses. You will need to bring sleeping bags and pillows. Showers are available for all guests, but bring your own towels. Tenting and camper spaces are also available.
If you are interested in a swap fest, bring whatever astronomical goodies you want to get rid of. Also, if you have slides, a talk, or a video that you would like to present, please let us know on the registration form.
Look around the CVAS web page for more information about the
C.V.A.S. and Hobbs Observatory.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, August 9th
3:00 pm -- Registration
5:30 pm -- Brats and Hot Dogs in front of the observatory
7:30 PM Featured Speaker
Justin A. Vasel
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Predicting the Next Galactic Supernova--How You Can Help
Exploding stars are some of the most energetic events in the universe. They play a pivotal role in galaxies by enriching the surrounding area with heavy elements and triggering star formation in nearby clouds of gas, but the mechanisms that drive these explosions are mere speculation. We never see these supernova explosions in the act; they're too hard to predict, so we only notice after the explosion takes place. But there is still hope thanks to a very tiny particle called a neutrino. Neutrinos are produced in vast quantities in supernovae and they're able to leave the star before the explosion becomes visible. If we detect that burst of neutrinos here on Earth, we know a supernova will soon be visible, and we can point our telescopes to the right place in the sky and watch the explosion as it happens. A world-wide network of neutrino observatories, known as the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS) is already in place, listening for the neutrinos, but we will need the help of amateur astronomers across the world to help us find the exact location of the supernova when it happens.
9:00 pm -- Observing Session begins
Midnight -- Snacks in the Main Lodge
Saturday, August 10th
10 am to 12 -- Brunch, and Registration
Leaving about 10:30 - Possible tour of the new Planet Walk along the Chippewa River in downtown Eau Claire
Planet Walk information can be found HERE
Interested participants can meet at 10:30 AM and we would travel to Eau Claire
1 pm -- Paper Sessions
1:30 Bob King "Expectations for Comet ISON This Fall and Winter"
2:00 Jeff Setzer "Cleaning the Great Yerkes Refractor"
2:30 Chuck Ruehle "Telescopes To Tanzinia"
4 pm -- Swap Fest in the observatory
5:30 pm --Dinner
6:15 pm - Door Prizes - Dining Hall - Must be present to win
7:15 pm - Group Photo in front of the observatory
7:30 PM Featured Speaker
Jennifer L.B. Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geoscience
Winona State University
B.S. degrees in Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences from Brown University, Providence, RI.
A planetary geologist with a specialty in impact cratering processes.
“The Sudbury Impact Layer: Three Hours of Chaos 1.85 Billion Years Ago”
A meteorite struck Sudbury, Ontario, almost two billion years ago and created one of the largest known craters on Earth. Material was vaporized, melted, and ejected from the growing crater. It traveled up through the atmosphere and back down to Earth to blanket much of North America. For three hours, chaos reigned 500 miles away in northern Minnesota. And then the Earth quietly went about its business again. In 2005, these ejecta deposits were discovered in rocks from Michigan to Minnesota to Thunder Bay, Ontario. They represent one of the best preserved sequences of ejecta from a large impact crater on Earth. I will discuss the impact cratering process, the origin of these ejecta deposits, and what they can tell us about the implications of large crater formation on Earth.
Midnight -- Snack
Sunday, August 11th
8 am -- Breakfast
Noon -- Checkout completed
No refunds allowed after July 26th 2013.
The registration form is available HERE , print it out, fill it out, and mail it to the address shown on the form.
If you plan to bring a camper, park in the field adjacent to the observatory. There are a few electrical outlets available outside the observatory for your use. WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BRING AN RV SINCE WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE FOR THEM !!
Beaver Creek Reserve has a pet policy in affect:
"In the interest of health and safety of all our visitors and wildlife, pets are not allowed on the Reserve"
Please let us know if you have any other special needs before Starfest and we'll do our best to accommodate them.
For hotel/motel information for the area call the Eau Claire Visitors Bureau at (715)-831-2345.
For more information, email CVAS at firstname.lastname@example.org
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