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.

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.

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

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.