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At the Madelyn Helling Library
Community Room
980 Helling Way
Nevada City, CA 95959

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  May 2nd
  Noon to 3 pm.

Library will host Astronomy Day

The Nevada County Astronomy Club and the Madelyn Helling library will be hosting Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 2nd, from noon to 3 pm. The purpose of Astronomy Day is to showcase astronomy as a fun and educational hobby and to bring it to the residents of Nevada County. Astronomy Day takes place both outside and inside the Madeline Helling Library and is a free, family-oriented event for kids and adults. The highlight is free 10 to 15 minute planetarium shows given regularly by long time astronomer Larry Harrison, in a star-lab planetarium that produces realistic views of the unspoiled night sky as can be seen in a dark environment. A number of other exhibits are planned including hands on science, eclipses, auroras, our moon, and much more.

Outside the library, visitors will be able to safely view the sun through several special solar telescopes. In particular, one scope vies the sun in hydrogen-alpha light, allowing the viewer to see prominences erupting from the sun. Also, outside will be planet walk, with a scale model of the planets out to Mars, lighting displays, telescope making, and more. Club members will be available to answer questions. Look for the name badges and feel free to ask about club activities.

An eager attendee studies the Sun through John Griffins telescope at last year's Astronomy Day.

  May 6th
  1st Wednesday
  7pm - 9pm

Weird Science
by Dr Kurt Simon

There are several weird concepts that science has come up with to explain astronomical observations, including Cosmic Inflation, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and Black Holes.

This presentation describes these theories and the evidence for them and then presents an alternative theory based on fundamental principles that avoids their counter-intuitive implications. This theory shows that the universe as a whole complies with the definition of a black hole and the mass in a black hole naturally goes to its radius, thus explaining dark energy and oddities about black holes. Come listen to Dr. Kurt Simon - be prepared to be surprised!

Sep 2nd 1st Wednesday  7pm - 9pm  To be announced
Oct 7th 1st Wednesday  7pm - 9pm  To be announced
Nov 4th 1st Wednesday  7pm - 9pm  To be announced
Dec 2nd 1st Wednesday  7pm - 9pm  To be announced

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