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Public Star Night at the Little Thompson Observatory

Friday, May 20, 2011 7:00 – 11:00 PM

Public Star Night at the Little Thompson Observatory
850 Spartan Ave at Berthoud High School
(park east of the high school; directions are posted at www.starkids.org [1]).


[2]The guest speaker for this Friday is Whitney, a Senior Consultant at the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). The title of her talk will be: A Whole New World–Dawn at Asteroid Vesta.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is whizzing through the solar system as we speak, preparing to arrive at asteroid Vesta during the summer of 2011. Learn about  the faster than fast ion engine literally propelling the mission, and how Dawn will contribute to our understanding of the Solar System through a mission overview, animations and interactive simulations, and hands-on activities provided by the education and public outreach team from Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL).

Whitney is a Senior Consultant at McREL, with expertise in space science curriculum and professional development. She is a member of the education and public outreach teams for NASA’s Dawn mission with UCLA, EPOXI mission with University of Maryland, and Stardust/NEXT mission with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As a former teacher and administrator, Whitney has many years experience engaging students and teachers in the compelling stories of science in schools across the country.

Weather permitting after the presentation, visitors will be invited to look through our large telescope at various celestial objects.

Public star nights are held the third Friday of each month (except July, when we are closed for annual maintenance). No reservations are necessary for these nights. Just come and join us for the talk and some observing afterwards.

If you have any questions, please call the observatory information line at 970-613-7793 or check the LTO web site at: www.starkids.org [1]


Meinte Veldhuis
Little Thompson Science Foundation