Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Weather permitting, the stargazers will meet again on the tennis courts. On Friday and Saturday nights we will observe various celestial objects. No preregistration is required, but there are a few hints and rules to observe. First, please do not bring small children (under 6 years of age). Older children are welcome, but we ask that parents be present to supervise them.
The weather is likely to be hot, so dress lightly, but bring something long-sleeved and some bug spray. To help you find your way around the heavens you might wish to study a star chart ahead of time (look in popular magazines such as Sky and (look in popular magazines such as Sky and Telescope; they usually have a monthly chart). The event will be held, as always, on the tennis courts between 9PM and 11PM.
In case of rain we will set the telescopes up in one of the small rooms near the hotel entrance (look in your pocket program guide in your registration package), and talk theory, look at slides, and listen to astronomers share their stories.
If you want to bring a flashlight to look at the charts, please make sure that it either has a red filter (army flashlight) or tape some red plastic to the front, as bright light will ruin everyone's night vision.
In addition to the usual stargazing at night, we will also have sungazing during the day. Solar telescopes will be set up for safe sun viewing out on the deck Friday and Saturday from 11am until 5pm. Bring your own sun shade (hat, umbrella, parasol, and don't forget to apply sun screen), as it is usually very hot during this time of year.
Shore Leave stargazing is brought to you by the Westminster Astronomical Society, the Harford County Astronomical Society, and the Howard County Astronomical League. These are local amateur astronomy groups promoting astronomy education and outreach in the community.
For any questions regarding Stargazing or any of our science programming please contact our Science Programming Chair, Inge Heyer