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Bays Mountain StarFest

Fri, 10/17/2014 - Sun, 10/19/2014
 
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Categories
Conferences/Conventions, Lectures, Star Parties
Location
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Road
Kingsport, Appalachians, TN 37660
United States
Times
all day
Admission Fees
$90/person; Full-time students w/ID or those =21 years, $80 ea.
Description
StarFest is the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club’s annual astronomical convention held each October. Situated in the heart of the Appalachians, it is three days and two nights of astronomical heaven. During the day, our delegates enjoy many keynote
speakers, planetarium programs, activities, solar viewing, and the splendor of autumnal colors. The night brings more speakers, activities, the use of a fleet of large telescopes, and crisp, cool air. Attendance can only be attained by pre-registration and includes all activities, five scrumptious meals, free access to the Park’s public programming, the opportunity to sleep on Park grounds at no additional cost, and a unique, commemorative T-shirt. All of this for one, low cost. Registration forms are usually released in August and space is limited.

This year's theme is "Seeing the Sky." As such, each of our speakers will represent a way in which to see the sky. Here's a quick list of our keynote speakers: -Dan Durda - Noted astronomer and space artist. His talk will be: “A History of Astronomical Art: From the Renaissance to the Space Age” -Mark Littmann - Known internationally for his excellence in science writing. Mark will present twice. His Saturday morning presentation is entitled: “Seeing the Sky Through Words.” Friday night will highlight a dramatic reading of his play, Little Lessons for Lina in the planetarium. Details of its presentation are forthcoming, but it will be a must-see. -Shanil Virani & Emily Dick - This presentation continues StarFest's goal of promoting student outreach. Bays Mountain has invited a professor along with his/her students to share their research with the public. There are few, if any, opportunities for a student to do this and we're proud to help. Shanil and Emily are at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Shanil also runs the John C. Wells Planetarium. Shanil's talk: “Finding Hidden Populations of Supermassive Black Holes.” Emily's talk: “The WISE View on Water Maser Galaxies.” -Paul Lewis - UT's ambassador to astronomy. Paul will speak on “The Music of Astronomy.” please change the website to: http://www.baysmountain.com/astronomy/astronomy-club/?GTTabs=4
Additional Information
None
Directions
Take exit 3 off of I-26, turn west, go down Reservoir Road for about three miles. Turn right onto Bays Mountain Park Road. After about 300", enter left gated entrance.
Contact Information
Adam Thanz
423-224-2532
thanz@kingsporttn.gov
 
 
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