May 23, 2019 7:00 PM at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT — SoVerA Movie Night

Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, and Christopher Lloyd star in this action-packed 1984 sci-fi adventure where Dr. Banzai fights to, what else, save the Earth from alien (and mad-scientist) destruction!  A classic tale of good versus evil in multiple dimensions – a must see for every classic sci-fi enthusiast!

Star Party Central

Members, please monitor your SoVerA Chat List messages for late determinations (see mailing lists). Typically, if weather is looking good a note will be posted the day before of percentage likelihood that we’ll observe as well as description of location, followed on the day of observing with a confirmation either way at ~4PM.

Past Events

May 14, 2019 7:00 PM at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT — SoVerA Monthly Meeting

Black Holes

We will start with a brief review of the discoveries which led to the idea that there might be black holes to provide the historical background for our main event of the evening. We will then explore how black holes come into being from the cores of massive stars and what they do to matter that gets too close to them. Special emphasis will be on the Event Horizon Telescope, which is as big as Earth, and the recently announced, first-ever image researchers captured of the black hole located in the nucleus of the galaxy M87. The presentation will be family-friendly and geared for general audiences.

Join SoVerA on Tuesday, May 14th, at 7:00 pm at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT for this presentation from Rick Bates and Claudio Veliz.

SoVerA is an organization composed of amateur and professional astronomers, educators, students, and lots of members of the lay public. SoVerA is dedicated to making astronomy much more accessible to all. Talks and presentations are free and open to the public.  This venue is ADA accessible.

April 25, 2019 7:00 PM at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT — SoVerA Film Night

Discussing Dark Matter

For this month’s SoVerA movie/discussion night we will be following up our dark energy video series with an evening on dark matter.  We will begin with a short video primer about what dark matter is and why consensus prefers the dark matter hypothesis rather than modifying gravity to explain why galaxies spin faster than they should based on their visible mass.  We will then screen a panel discussion of astronomers, cosmologists, and physicists hosted by the World Science Festival intended for the public on the search for dark matter.

As always, discussion and Q&A will take place during and after the videos.  

April 9, 2019 7:00 PM at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT — TESS and the Nearby Search for Life

Are we about to encounter life beyond Earth, finally, and for real? There is a survey mission now underway to carefully seek planets orbiting our closest stellar neighbors. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is now in progress, scrutinizing 85% of the celestial sphere in that effort.

In this graphic-rich presentation, including images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other sources, we’ll cover how the TESS mission is doing, what “exoplanets” are, what we know so far, and the methods we use to find them. We will talk about how we might determine the existence of alien life and which of these orbs may be considered, seriously, as future homes for our own descendants.

We will also cover ways audience members can become involved in exoplanet search projects.

March 28, 2019 7:00 PM at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT — Movie Night!

Mel Brooks in SPACE!  A far away planet has squandered their atmosphere and developed a device to steal air from another planet.  Luckily, a lone ranger (totally not Han Solo) and his sidekick (totally not Chewbacca) are motivated by money to save the day!

May the Schwartz be with you.

March 12, 2019 7:00 PM at the Whiting Library in Chester, VT — What is NEAF?

The Northeast Astronomy Forum is one of the world’s largest astronomy and space expositions, located just a few hours drive away in Suffern, NY.  This year, NEAF will be held on April 6 and 7. This weekend event features world class speakers and over 120 vendors of telescopes, accessories, and just about anything you can think of that is astronomy or space-related.

If you decide to attend, you will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of some of the latest equipment and speak with knowledgeable company representatives.  There is no better place to see, hold, and compare products you normally only get to see in pictures. Presentations from world-renowned speakers, kids’ activities, and solar observing are just a few of the various attractions.