Adirondack Sky Center
Tupper Lake, New York
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Recent Events - 2017

The APO has hosted these events so far this year. Check our upcoming Events page to see what else is happening in the upcoming months!

Lecture: Gib Brown – "Pregnant Rocks & Mystic Crystals"

Gib Brown will discuss some common misconceptions of the natural science around and above us. There will be a fun quiz after the lecture! $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors. Children 12 and under are free.

Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid, NY (map).

Gib Brown is a retired Earth Science teacher from AuSable Valley High school, given an "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award" by the National Association of Earth Science Teachers, an adjunct professor at Clinton Community College teaching Geology and Meteorology, a meteorologist for WPTZ NewsChannel 5 from Plattsburgh, and a board member of the APO.

Lecture: Gib Brown

Lecture: Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue – "The Great American Eclipse of 2017"

This summer, the Moon will block out the Sun, creating a total solar eclipse. This will be the first total eclipse visible from the mainland U.S. since 1979! Get all the info about his rare event, and learn how to observe the eclipse safely. Free and open to the public.

Friday, June 2 at 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake (map).

Dr. Aileen O'Dononghue is the Priest Associate Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University, where she teaches physics and astronomy. She writes a column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and makes frequent appearances to discuss the wonders of the night sky on North Country Public Radio. She is also a trustee of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

Lecture: Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue

Workshop: Tim Connolly – "Imaging the Eclipse and Solar Imaging"

Learn and be ready to safely photograph the Great American Solar Eclipse, which will occur on August 21, 2017. This program will also teach the basics of solar imaging. A free program, rain or shine.

Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the Adirondack Public Observatory, 178 Big Wolf Rd., Tupper Lake (map).

Tim Connolly is an astrophotographer and on the APO Advisory Board.

Workshop: Tim Connolly

Lecture: Dr. Joshua Thomas – "Searching for the Unseen: The Hunt for Exoplanets"

The first exoplanet - a planet circling a star other than our Sun - was discovered in 1992. Since the launch of the Kepler mission in 2009, the number of confirmed exoplanets has increased to nearly 3500. We'll discuss the various methods for detecting these planets, and the possibility for life to exist elsewhere in our galaxy. Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake (map).

Dr. Joshua Thomas is an astronomer and Assistant Professor of Physics at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

Lecture: Dr. Joshua Thomas

Lecture: Jeffrey Miller – "Juno: Revealing Jupiter's Secrets"

Just over one year ago, on July 4, 2016, the Juno spacecraft became NASA’s latest mission designed to reveal Jupiter’s secrets by peering through its dense, cloudy atmosphere. Juno will help us understand more about the solar system’s beginnings by studying the origin and evolution of Jupiter. We'll discuss the latest findings from Juno's year in orbit around the king of the planets! Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 21, 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake (map).

Jeffrey Miller is an astronomer at St. Lawrence University, Canton NY, and a trustee of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

Lecture: Jeffrey R. Miller

Lecture: Dr. Keith Werkman – "Cassini's Grand Finale: Discovering Saturn's Secrets"

The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn for over a decade. Get a review of its findings. See amazing close-up images of Saturn’s rings, moons and atmosphere. Learn about its upcoming deliberate fiery plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere! Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake (map).

Dr. Keith Werkman is a volunteer astronomer working with the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center in Vestal, NY.

Lecture: Dr. Keith Werkman

Observing Event: The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Come watch the first total eclipse visible from the mainland U.S. since 1979! We'll have solar telescopes and eclipse glasses for safe solar viewing. Educational materials, games and prizes as well. A free, fun event for the entire family!

Monday, August 21, 12:30 - 4:00 pm at the Adirondack Public Observatory, 178 Big Wolf Rd., Tupper Lake (map)

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Astrophotography Workshop

An opportunity to meet, trade secrets and perform astrophotography under the darkest skies in the Eastern USA.

Who should attend?

Simply put: Everyone. Very few astrophotographers, regardless of their level, have access to dark skies. We invite you to take advantage of our location to capture images at your own level. Avoid light pollution with us. Come with your own equipment or use ours to shine with your best images.

The registration fee for the four-day Astrophotography Workshop 2017 is $120.00 per participant, with a 10% discount for APO Members.

Events will occur from October 19 - 22, and will be held at the Roll Off Roof Observatory (178 Big Wolf Rd., Tupper Lake). More details coming soon!

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Lecture & Book Signing: David Aguilar - "Seven Wonders of the Solar System"

David Aquilar will present "Wonders of the Solar System: What we've learned about Pluto and the Search for Mysterious Planet 9". The lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing before the lecture, and copies of David's latest book, "Seven Wonders of the Solar System" will be available for purchase and signing.

Friday, November 17 at 6:30 pm at The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake (map).

David A. Aguilar is the past Director of Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. A naturalist, astronomer, author and artist, David’s expertise lies in showing us the fascinating connections between the universe and ourselves

In 2015, he left Harvard to join NASAs New Horizons special media team on the Pluto flyby mission. He is author/illustrator of seven National Geographic books: "ALIEN WORLDS"; "SPACE ENCYCLOPEDIA" and its primer "PLANETS, STARS, AND GALAXIES: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe" and winner 2008 VOYA Award; the popular “13 PLANETS”, winner 2011 Eureka Gold Award and "SUPER STARS!”

His work has been featured on the BBC, The History Channel’s “UNIVERSE”, ABC News, Time magazine, US News, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Scientific American.

He is a Smithsonian Scholar Enrichment Lecturer and Leader for Harvard Study Tours. In 2010, asteroid 1990DA was named to honor his contributions to science education. Today, he resides under very starry skies outside Aspen, CO. For more information see:


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