Yuri's Night at Fuertes Observatory

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Fri, Apr 14 2017
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm UTC

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Fuertes Observatory
Cornell University, Fuertes Observatory
Ithaca
NY
14850

For the fifth year in a row, the Cornell Astronomical Society will be hosting Yuri’s Night at Fuertes Observatory! Details and the schedule for the night are specified below

7 – 7:45: Solar Observing, tours of the Irving Porter Church Telescope in daylight, and an overview of the history of the 100-year-old Fuertes Observatory! We will also have telescopes set up out on the lawn, and feel free to bring your own to set up as well!

7:45 (sunset) – 9:00: Lecture by Professor Lisa Kaltenegger: “Thousands of New Worlds” – The detection of exoplanets orbiting other stars has revolutionized our view of our place in the universe. First results suggest that it is teeming with a fascinating diversity of rocky planets including those in the Habitable Zone. The next generation of telescopes will be able to peer into the atmospheres of rocky planets and give us a glimpse into other worlds. Our own planet and its wide range of biota serves as a Rosetta stone for how we could detect habitability and signs of life on exoplanets. For the first time in human history we have developed the technology to detect potential habitable worlds.

The lecture will be outside on the north lawn of the observatory! Feel free to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy a night out under the stars, and bring a light jacket since it will get chilly after sunset. 

9:00 – Midnight: Astronomical observing through the observatory’s telescopes, tours of the Fuertes Observatory and museum, astronomy and space flight documentaries (on the north lawn), astronaut food (small donation appreciated), and more! The weather forecast is looking great, so we should be able to see things like Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, the Whirlpool Galaxy, the Great Hercules Globular Cluster, and the Moon (after 11pm) through the telescopes!