Black Forest Star Party Notes!

I just returned from a wet but spirited Black Forest Star Party at the wonderful Cherry Springs State Park in north-central Pennsylvania. I was one of the event’s speakers and my topic was The Night Sky As Story: Astronomy Outreach with a Purpose. I described my approach to sidewalk astronomy as well as the insights…

Bicycle Astronomy Makes a Housecall!

Yesterday was my first day on the Bicycle Astronomy cargo bike in many months. I rode to work and then to the grocery store to reprovision the Spartan Manor travel trailer. When I left the store with three bags of groceries and loaded them into the giant pannier on the cargo bike, it was a…

The Song of Saturn

There are some places in the world where it seems to be easy to capture beautiful images. When I travelled in Turkey, I felt like I could have aimed my camera blindfolded and came away with great images. It seems there are similar places of excessive beauty in the solar system, and Saturn is one…

Astronomy on Tap’s Cosmos Bingo

Astronomy on Tap is a great little outreach project that places hip scientists in cities like New York and Columbus, Ohio (and who knows, maybe Rochester or even Geneva soon) to give free, fun presentations about the universe. “Science is even better with beer,” is the group’s tagline. The concept of meeting people where they…

Bicycle Astronomy gets an award!

On Saturday night, the good, hard working people of the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center held their annual award and appreciation dinner at the Sons of Italy. Bicycle Astronomy was honored with a “most innovative project of 2013” certificate. It was great to meet the movers and shakers of the various, newly constituted “neighborhoods”, especially the…

Bicycle Astronomy Tonight!

Finally a clear night, in terms of the sky and my schedule. Let’s do some Bicycle Astronomy! How about the lakefront park for a change of pace? Look for us (cargo bicycle, telescope, astronomer) by the ice cream stand, playground and the pier. 9pm-11pm.