HUT Observatory

Workshops, Symposia and Events

Eagle Valley Astronomical Society meets normally on the second Thursday of the month at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon, Colorado.  Phone 970-827-9725, www.walkingmountains.org .

 

Continuing a series started in 2009, the fifth annual Hartness House Workshop will run Thursday, August 8, at the Hartness House Inn and Observatory in Springfield, Vermont.  This year’s program will focus on solar astronomy and will include presentations by Dr. David deVorkin, senior curator of history of astronomy and the space sciences at the Smithsonian’ Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  Additional program details will be forthcoming soon.  On-line registration will be available at the Stellafane Convention website, stellafane.org , by early May.

 

 

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Observing the June 5, 2013, Transit of Venus at Mount Wilson Observatory in California

HUT Observatory led the organization of a widely reported symposium and special observing event at Mount Wilson Observatory in California for the June 5, 2012, Transit of Venus.  The three-day event included lectures by leading astronomers and historians of science.  Members of the Antique Telescope Society used historical telescopes to re-enact observations of phenomena like the infamous “black drop” effect, which vexed many astronomers during earlier efforts to measure the scale of the solar system.  Author Dava Sobel was among the participants and reports here: www.aeonmagazine.com/nature-and-cosmos/dava-sobel-transit-of-venus/ .  A short but excellent video of the event by filmmakers Robin and Todd Mason is here:   www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccMfy7xfazw .

Among telescopes brought to Mount Wilson from HUT Observatory was the 1875 Abbot Academy telescope, which was built in an expedition design developed specifically for the previous transit series in 1874 and 1882.  A confectionery of the Abbot telescope appeared in the Sunday, March 31, 2013, New York Times — adorning the wedding cake of Dr. Sara Schechner and Ken Launie, participants at the symposium.  Ken proposed to Sara at the event during Venus’ ingress.  Their delightful and amusing story is reported here:  www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/fashion/weddings/sara-schechner-kenneth-launie-vows.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 .