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  News from 2014  
  • October 23, 2014: Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin gave a talk at the Wild Center on October 17. Andrew spoke about the history of the Apollo missions to the Moon.

Chaikin has authored books and articles about space exploration and astronomy for three decades. He is best known as the author of "A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts," which is widely regarded as the definitive account of the moon missions. First published in 1994, this acclaimed work was the main basis for Tom Hanks' 12-part HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon," which won the Emmy Award for best miniseries in 1998. Chaikin spent eight years writing and researching "A Man on the Moon," including more than 150 hours of interviews with 23 of the 24 lunar astronauts.


    Andrew Chaikin
    David Aguilar
    David Aguilar
    Chaikin answers a question from the audience
  • October 4, 2014: The APO received an 8" Meade LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope as a donation from Robert McDevitt of Hackettstown, NJ. The telescope is in excellent condition, and came with bluetooth connectivity and a complete set of eyepieces. The Meade was used during public observing on October 3rd. Thanks, Robert!
    Telescope donation
    Marc Staves with Robert McDevitt, who donated this Meade LX200 telescope
  • September 21, 2014: Jack LaDuke from WCFE Mountain Lake PBS shot this video feature about the APO. It shows why the heart of the Adirondacks is perfect for star gazing!

  • August 25, 2014: The APO held our first astrophotography workshop from August 21 - 24. Astrophotos taken at the workshop can be found on our Facebook page.

  • Workshop participants
    Some of the workshop participants
    The Pinwheel Galaxy
    M101 – The Pinwheel Galaxy, in Ursa Major
    The Ring Nebula
    M57 – The Ring Nebula, in Lyra
    The Double Cluster
    h + χ Persei – The Double Cluster, in Perseus
  • July 12, 2014: We held our Grand Opening yesterday, July 11. About 100 people attended, and listened to welcoming speeches from co-founder Marc Staves and many local politicians. Attendees toured the observatory and explored the equipment we have available for observing. More photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page.

  • Grand Opening
    Chairman Marc Staves begins with welcoming remarks
    Grand Opening
    Marc opens the roof of the observatory
    Grand Opening
    Vice-President Carol Levy shows off the control room
    Grand Opening
    Guests tour around inside the observatory
  • June 22, 2014: The APO set up a host of solar telescopes to participate in International SUN-Day. Many families attended, and were treated to beautiful views of sunspots and solar flares. There were many activities for kids: building a sundial, examining the effectiveness of sunscreen, and participating in a 'Sun scavenger hunt'. All photos below were taken by APO Board Member Rick Wilburn; more photos of the event can be found on Rick's Google page and our Facebook page.

  • SUNDay 2014
    Some of the solar telescopes that were set up
    SUNDay 2014
    Trying out the sundial she just built!
    SUNDay 2014
    Waiting to view the Sun
    SUNDay 2014
    Checking out some sunspots
  • June 19, 2014: David Aguilar, the Director of Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, gave a presentation at the Wild Center on "The Quest for Alien Worlds and Alien Life". A noted author and artist, Aguilar showed the audience how he created drawings and models of alien life, and he explained the inspiration for his creations.

  • David Aguilar
    David Aguilar
    David Aguilar
    David answers questions from the audience
  • June 7, 2014: APO Advisory Board Member Tim Connolly's photo of Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS (below) was chosen as one of five winners in the NEOShield Catching Comets photo contest! The NEOShield project has been set up to examine the options for preventing the collision of a Near Earth Object (NEO) with the Earth. More details about this photo can be found on Tim's Facebook page. Congratulations, Tim!
    Comet C/2012
    Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS, taken by Tim Connolly on May 31, 2014
  • January 29, 2014: APO Advisory Board Member Tim Connolly took these photos of newly-discovered supernova SN2014J in the Cigar Galaxy (M82). Observing notes from Tim: "Last night (January 27) I fought the freezing temperatures and wind to image SN2014J, a Type 1a supernova in the Spiral Galaxy of M82 Bode's Nebula aka the "Cigar Galaxy." I observed it first through my 11 mm eyepiece and the supernova was stood out quite visible. I estimated it at about a magnitude 11. I imaged it through my 8 inch Newtonian and Canon 450D DSLR camera. I pasted the image with another image of M82 I took in September of 2013 for a comparison shot." Click each of Tim's photos below for a larger image.

  • SN2014J
    Photo of M82 showing SN2014J
     
    SN2014J
    Comparison images taken in September 2013
    and January 2014
  • January 24, 2014: Supernova 2014J was discovered on January 21 in the nearby galaxy M82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy. Ernie Rossi, a friend of the APO, took the photograph below on January 22 from Florida. M82 is about 12 million light-years away, and early analysis of the supernova indicates that it is a Type 1a supernova, caused by the explosion of a white dwarf in a binary star system. More details and information about supernova 2014J can be found at Sky & Telescope.
    Supernova 2014J
    The arrow points to supernova 2014J in M82. Photo credit; Ernie Rossi, January 22, 2014.
    Click for a larger view.
  • January 2, 2014: The cloudy weather had APO Advisory Board Member Tim Connolly missing the Sun, so on a recent clear day he took out his solar telescope and took some photos. The photo below was created by stacking 1200 separate images. The telescope has filters to view the red light of hydrogen (Hα), and shows filaments on the solar disc and prominences around the edge. More details about this photo can be found on Tim's Facebook page.
    The Sun
    Hα photo of the Sun, taken by Tim Connolly on December 30, 2013 using a Coronado PST

  News from 2013  Top of Page
  • December 22, 2013: The APO received a generous donation of a Starlab inflatable planetarium from Stan Lopata (pictured below with APO members). It packs down to several cases, and includes the projector, planets, lesson manuals, and other goodies. The APO looks forward to using the planetarium for our educational programs.
    Starlab donation
    Stan Lopata presents a Starlab planetarium to the APO
    (L-R) Gordie Duval, Tim Moeller, Stan Lopata, Marc Staves
  • November 20, 2013: This summer, the APO held a Family Game Night at the Wild Center. Participants were asked to create a haiku to be launched on NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission. A DVD containing the names of the poets and their submissions were attached to the MAVEN spacecraft, which was successfully launched on Monday, November 18. Contributers received the following message from NASA:

      Dear Going to Mars Participant,

      Thank you again for sharing a bit of yourselves in anticipation of MAVEN’s upcoming launch to Mars! As you can see in the attached image (credit Kennedy Space Center)—your art, haiku, and names submissions have been saved to the special DVD and attached to the MAVEN spacecraft in preparation for launch!

      MAVEN’s launch window opens on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 1:28 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). We hope you’ll join us virtually! On Monday, Nov. 18, NASA TV coverage of the launch will begin at 11 a.m. EST and conclude after the MAVEN spacecraft has separated from the Atlas V, which occurs about 52 minutes after launch. Live launch coverage will be carried on all NASA Television channels. For NASA Television downlink information, schedule information, and streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv. Additional information can also be found at http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/features-news/events/.

      GO MAVEN!

      Best wishes,
      The Going to Mars campaign team

    MAVEN
    The MAVEN spacecraft
    (Photo credit: Kennedy Space Center)
    DVD on MAVEN
    The DVD of poetry attached to MAVEN
    (Photo credit: Kennedy Space Center)
  • November 10, 2013: The sky was cloudy, but students in the final week of the After School program still had fun identifying the different telescopes in our collection, and operating the roof of the RORO! Students also received certificates for completing the program. More information and photos can be found on the After School 2013 page, and photos and videos from this class can be found on Flickr.

  • Star Party Star Party
    Star Party Star Party
  • October 26, 2013: Get all the latest details about Comet ISON from our Eye on ISON page! The photo below of Comet ISON was taken by APO Advisory Board Member Tim Connolly.

  • Comet ISON
  • October 23, 2013: Week 4 of the APO After School program had the students learning about Space Rocks and Navigating the Sky. More information and photos can be found on the After School 2013 page, and photos and videos from this class can be found on Flickr.

  • Space Rocks Space Rocks
  • October 20, 2013: Week 3 of the APO After School program had the students learning about the Sun and the Stars. More information and photos can be found on the After School 2013 page.

  • After School 2013 After School 2013
  • October 14, 2013: The Education Committee has been very busy fulfilling the mission of the APO, namely education outreach with a variety of presentations, lectures, and programs. This document (Acrobat .pdf) shows all of the activities we've presented since January.
  • October 13, 2013: Week 2 of the APO After School program had the students learning about the solar system. More information and photos can be found on the After School 2013 page.

  • After School 2013 After School 2013
  • October 3, 2013: A coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun hit the Earth's magnetic field on October 2nd, causing the aurora borealis to be seen from much of the country. APO Advisory Board Member Tim Connolly captured this photo of the northern lights from his home in Saranac, NY. Click the photo for a larger view.

  • Al Nagler
  • October 2, 2013: The APO After School program is underway, and once again it's a big hit! Students meet once a week to study astronomy, and work on cool projects! More information and photos can be found on the After School 2013 page.

  • After School 2013 After School 2013
  • September 27, 2013: Al Nagler, founder of TeleVue Optics, paid a visit to the Roll Off Roof Observatory (RORO) last night for an evening of star gazing. He brought some of his eyepieces along, which amazed the observers who had a chance to look through them. Last year, Al donated a telescope to the APO in memory of his sister Trudy Deutsch, a long-time resident of Tupper Lake. More photos from Al's visit can be found on this page.

  • Al Nagler
    Al Nagler with the telescope he donated
    in honor of his sister, Trudy
    Nagler & Staves
    Al Nagler & Marc Staves
  • August 30, 2013: The Adirondack Public Observatory was very pleased to host a visit from Congressman Bill Owens to the new Roll Off Roof Observatory (RORO) on Thursday, August 29th. Marc Staves gave a detailed description of each of the mounted telescopes including their function, general use and the donors who gifted each one to the APO. Gordie Duval explained and demonstrated our MIMIO teaching system and several members of the Wild Center staff described future projects that could be worked on jointly. Following a brief tour of the control room, Congressman Owens viewed the active surface of the Sun through our PST (Personal Solar Telescope).

  • Congressman Owens
    Congressman Owens opens the roof of the RORO
    Staves & Owens
    Marc Staves explains the operation of the telescopes
    Inside the RORO
    A panorama showing the activity inside the RORO as the roof is opened
  • July 23, 2013: Erik Brogger, Brooklyn, NY, donated a vintage 8" Criterion Dynascope to the APO. It was used during the public observing session on July 19. Read on for more photos and info about the telescope.

  • Donors
    Erik Brogger & Mary Robinson
    Moon observing
    Observing the Moon through the Dynascope
  • June 24, 2013: Tim Connolly, a friend of the APO, has sent us a photo of Comet Lemmon. Click the image below for more details. You can also see his earlier photos of Comet Pan-STARRS taken in March. Thanks, Tim!
  • Comet Lemmon

  • June 18, 2013: We're moving! This week, our office is moving down the street to a new location. Our phone number remains the same: (518) 359-3538. Stop by and wish us well in our new quarters! Our new address is
    127 Park St.
    Suite 1A
    Tupper Lake, NY
    12986
    (map)
  • June 17, 2013: We have a fun-filled summer planned, packed with observing, lectures and activities for the kids! See our Events page for details!.

  News from 2012  Top of Page
  • November 9, 2012: Some new mosaic images of Mars by Dr. Ken Kremer, science photographer/journalist and friend to the APO, will be featured on a new episode of PBS TV's NOVA on Wednesday, November 14. The episode is entitled "Ultimate Mars Challenge", and features images taken from the newest Mars rover, Curiosity. In addition, another of Ken's mosaic images was featured in Scientific American.
  • November 2, 2012: An informal reception was held on October 27 for trustees, advisors, and major donors to the APO. Everyone had the opportunity to take a tour of the Roll Off Roof Observatory (RORO) building, and later met for cider, donuts and conversation at the APO office on Park St. More photos of the reception can be found on this page.

  • View from the road
    The RORO, as seen from Little Wolf Road
    Opening the roof
    A young volunteer opens the roof
    Marc Staves
    Marc Staves describes the construction of the building
    Open roof!
    The RORO with the roof open!
  • November 1, 2012: George Viscome, a friend of the APO, took this image of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) from his home in Lake Placid on October 26, 2012. This comet was discovered on September 21, 2012, and while it is currently too faint to see without a large telescope (about magnitude 17.5 at the time of the photo), it is predicted that by the end of next year this comet may be bright enough to be visible to the unaided eye. The image below flips between two photos that George took 22 minutes apart (at 5:38 am and 6:00 am), and you can see that it moves very slightly in the direction of the arrow. The image below covers an area of the sky about ¼ the size of the full Moon. Thanks for sharing this image, George!

  • Comet ISON
    Comet C/2012 S1 on October 26, 2012. Photo credit: George Viscome
    Click for a larger image
  • October 24, 2012: Dr. Ken Kremer, science photographer/journalist and friend to the APO, frequently has his Mars mosaics featured on NBC News. Dr. Kremer's images often appear on NBC News on Friday's, when the topic is science. This mosaic was featured on October 19, posted by NBC News Digital Science Editor Alan Boyle. The APO hosted Dr. Kremer for presentations of his 3-D images in July 2012. Ken is a contributing journalist for Universe Today, and many of his photographs are available for purchase at the APO office.
  • October 19, 2012: The APO After School program is underway, and it's a big hit! Students meet once a week to study astronomy, and work on cool projects! More information and photos can be found on the After School 2012 page.

  • After School 2012 After School 2012
    After School 2012 After School 2012
  • October 10, 2012: Construction of the Roll Off Roof Observatory (RORO) building is moving along quickly! Some photos of the structure appear below. And be sure to see our slideshow showing the preparation and construction of the observatory site, as well as some photos from the groundbreaking ceremony!

  • RORO entrance
    The entrance to the RORO
    Warm room
    The RORO warm room
    Telescope area
    The main telescope area
    Supports
    The supports for the roof when rolled off the building
  • August 31, 2012: A mosaic image of Mars, created by Dr. Ken Kremer, appears on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website for August 27, 2012. The image shows Mt. Sharp on the horizon, which will eventually be explored by the newest Mars rover, Curiosity. A version of this image, showing Mt. Sharp in color, appeared in an NBC News article written by science editor Alan Boyle. The NBC News article ends with a link to our website containing the description of Dr. Kremer's talks this summer. The APO hosted Dr. Kremer in July, in which he gave a presentation at the Wild Center showing some of his 3-D images of Mars.

  • Curiosity's view of Mt. Sharp. Image linked from NBCNews.com

  • August 31, 2012: APO board member and St. Lawrence University Astronomer and Professor of Physics Aileen O'Donoghue gave a talk on August 24 to Girl Scout Leaders at their camp in Lake Clear. There were about 30 people in attendance. Aileen spoke about the night sky and gave the Scout leaders a preview of what they would see later that evening. The talk was followed by an observing session with a telescope and binoculars. Last year, Aileen gave the same talk but the observing session was washed out by the effects of hurricane Irene. This year, the sky was clear and there was plenty to see.
  • AOD

  • August 28, 2012: The APO held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, August 12, 2012. The ceremony was well attended by around 75 member-guests. A news report of the ceremony can be found on the Adirondack Daily Enterprise website. Additional photos can be found on our groundbreaking page.

  • Attendees
    Many were in attendance for this historic event
    Founders
    (L-R) APO co-founder Marc Staves, President Keith Wells, co-founder Tim Moeller
    The Mayor
    Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun
    Digging away
    Marc digs the first shovel-full
  • August 22, 2012: Construction on the roll-off roof observatory is proceeding well. The photos below show some of the construction activity.

  • Excavation
    Excavation
    Excavation
    Excavation
    Excavation
    Excavation
    The slab takes shape
    The concrete slab and pier foundations have been poured
  • July 31, 2012: Al Nagler, founder of TeleVue Optics, will present a telescope to the Adirondack Public Observatory on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm. The telescope is in honor of Al's late sister Trudy Deutsch, who was a long-time Tupper Lake resident. The presentation will be at the APO Office on 95 Park St., Tupper Lake (map). Everyone is welcome to attend, especially those who knew Trudy.
  • July 27, 2012: APO Board Member Gordie Duval gave an astronomy presentation to a group of cub scouts and their families at Camp Bedford in Malone. Gordie told the scouts about the constellations, and had them construct a "pocket solar system". Aided by board member Jeffrey Miller, an observing session was held afterward. The crowd was enthralled by the spectacular views of the Moon, Saturn and a couple of meteors!

  • Gordie Duval
    Gordie shows the scouts some constellations
    Gordie Duval
    Answering questions
    Pocket Solar System
    How to make a "pocket solar system"
    Pocket Solar System
    Working on the pocket solar system
  • July 13-14, 2012: Scientist and science journalist Ken Kremer gave two presentations at the Wild Center in which he showed many of his amazing 3D photos of Mars, as well as his photos of Mars rover Curiosity, and several space shuttles. The audience enjoyed the presentations immensely, and asked many questions of Dr. Kremer. The description of Dr. Kremer's presentations can be found on this page.

  • 3D crowd
    The audience sporting their 3D glasses
    Photo credit: Ken Kremer
    3D crowd
    Another 3D crowd view
    Photo credit: Ken Kremer
    3D crowd
    Photo credit: Ken Kremer
    3D crowd
    Photo credit: Ken Kremer
    3D crowd
    Photo credit: Ken Kremer
    3D crowd
    Photo credit: Ken Kremer
  • June 6, 2012: The transit of Venus on June 5th was truly spectacular. Not only did the skies over Tupper Lake clear (miraculously) but to witness this once (or twice) in a lifetime event – not be seen again for the next 5 generations – was truly awesome. To actually be able to witness one of our Solar System planets crossing the face of the Sun is certainly memorable. We had more than 100 people at our venues: several of our astronomers set up on Little Wolf Beach where 40 to 50 folks assembled; several more of our astronomers set up in the Wild Center parking lot where another 30 to 40 passed through from time to time; and we have more than 60 in the Wild Center Flammer Theater, watching the NASA and SLOOH live feeds. In addition, two more our astronomers set up telescopes and handed out solar-safe glasses to over 100 people at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Below are a few photos that were taken of the event – more photos from all our observing sites can be found on this page.

  • Little Wolf Beach
    Observers at Little Wolf Beach
    Projected image
    The Sun and Venus image projected
    Venus transit
    A beautiful image showing the transit and sunspots
    Photo credit: Michael Rector
    Venus motion
    A montage image showing the movement of Venus
    Photo credit: Gordie Duval
  • Meade LX200April 26, 2012: The Adirondack Public Observatory is very pleased to announce that we are receiving a donation of a 12" Meade LX200 telescope from the Sharing the Sky Foundation. Sharing the Sky Foundation was started by Dr. David H. Levy and his wife Wendee. Dr. Levy has been a guest lecturer for the APO over the past several years and is a frequent visitor to the Adirondack Park. "This is a very generous gift which will be a significant addition to populating our Roll-Off Roof Observatory with quality, state-of-the-art, telescopes", said Keith Wells, President of the APO. "This telescope will be gifted when our Roll-Off Roof Observatory is completed and a fixed mounting pier is in place ready to receive the telescope, targeted for mid-summer this year." For more information about Sharing the Sky Foundation please refer to their website www.sharingthesky.org.
  • April 6, 2012: Venus will cross over the face of the Sun on June 5th, 2012. The last transit of Venus occurred in 2004, and the next won't happen until 2117. The APO is planning lectures and viewing of this rare event. Check our Events page for times and locations.
  • March 2, 2012: Dr. Ken Kremer will present two talks this summer at the Wild Center about the exploration of Mars. Dr. Kremer is a freelance science journalist, speaker, scientist and photographer; his articles, space exploration images and Mars mosaics have been widely published in magazines, books and websites. Dr. Kremer will show some of his amazing 3D images of Mars, and give his eyewitness perspective on the launch of the Curiosity Rover. More information about Dr. Kremer's visit can be found on this Events page.
  • January 20, 2012: St. Lawrence University astronomers and APO Board members Aileen O'Donoghue and Jeffrey Miller made another trip to the Arecibo Radio Observatory. Student Heather Cutler, SLU class of 2012, accompanied them for the 5th NSF-Sponsored Undergraduate ALFALFA Workshop from January 15 - 18. The workshop brings together students and their faculty advisors to present their research, and learn to use the largest, single-dish radio telescope in the world. The Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) survey is an on-going blind survey of extragalactic neutral hydrogen (HI). When the survey is completed, ALFALFA will have detected more than 25,000 extragalactic HI line sources. St. Lawrence is a member of the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, a consortium of 16 institutions engaged in a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote undergraduate research within the ALFALFA project. More photos and details can be found on the SLU Physics Department web site.

  • Jeff, Heather and Aileen
    Jeff, Heather and Aileen
     

  News from 2011  Top of Page
  • December 2, 2011: Starting October 5th, the APO teachers and volunteers began a seven week After School Astronomy Program at the APO office on Park Street in Tupper Lake. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades from LP Quinn Elementary School signed up to learn about the Solar System. The program was a great success and there were on-average 14 enthusiastic students attending.
  • November 18, 2011: The Tupper Lake Planning Board has given approval to the APO to proceed with Phase 1 of our project: the construction of a roll-off roof building to house our telescopes! Once the final permits are acquired, we hope to begin construction in the spring. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has an article with more details.
  • October 16, 2011: The Adirondack Public Observatory has received a draft permit from the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to begin construction of a roll-off roof observatory! Several news articles have appeared recently about our Observatory project:
  • August 1, 2011: The APO again hosted famed comet hunter David Levy, who held a book signing and gave a lecture in the Flammer Theater at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake. Levy, who last visited in 2009, gave a talk was entitled "Comets, Meteors and More". He talked about how he became interested in astronomy in his youth, and related many anecdotes about his life-long quest for comets. Here is the poster that announced the event.
  • July 18, 2011: The Adirondack Public Observatory (APO) has recently been accepted as a member of the NASA Night Sky Network. The Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology, and inspiration of astronomy and NASA's missions to the general public. The Night Sky Network is supported by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratories, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

    "We are extremely honored to have been accepted as a member of the Night Sky Network", said Keith Wells, President of the APO. "The Night Sky Network will be a key element for us to further our mission of astronomy education and outreach. Our educational events, held throughout the year, will be complemented by themed astronomy topics from the Night Sky Network providing the APO with a much greater opportunity to advance astronomy in this area."

The NSN works with its members to provide, among other products and services, teaching materials and guides for astronomy outreach to the public. The APO is especially targeting educational programs for children during the summer season and continuing with after-school programs throughout the school year. The Adirondack Public Observatory is a 501c3 organization located in Tupper Lake and is devoted to the study of astronomy in the dark skies of the Adirondacks. The APO is in the process of developing an astronomical facility in Tupper Lake.

  • July 18, 2011: The Adirondack Public Observatory has established a relationship with The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center to work toward increasing the awareness and interest in astronomy in New York. Kopernik Observatory and Science Center mission is to offer hands-on investigations using advanced telescopes, computers and other tools, encouraging the discovery of the wonders of the Universe.
  • May 6, 2011: The APO has created a short video about our Observatory project. The video is narrated by Gib Brown, WPTZ meteorologist and APO board member. Enjoy!
  • April 29, 2011: APO board member and St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue recently spent a week observing on the 0.9 meter (36 inch) WIYN telescope. The WIYN consortium (the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Yale University, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory) operates the observatory at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. O'Donoghue observed H-alpha in clusters of galaxies whose properties are under coordinated study by the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team. More photos and details can be found on the SLU Physics Department web site.

  • Aileen at Kitt Peak
    Aileen takes in the sites at Kitt Peak
    0.9m telescope
    Aileen with the 0.9-m (36 inch) WIYN telescope
    Aileen's driving
    Aileen operates the telescope
    Beautiful evening
    Enjoying a beautiful evening of observing
  • February 11, 2011: St. Lawrence University astronomers and APO Board members Aileen O'Donoghue and Jeffrey Miller, along with St. Lawrence student Heather Cutler, class of 2012, remotely operated the Arecibo Radio Telescope from campus. The telescope is the largest, single-dish radio telescope in the world, and the research is part of the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) survey, an on-going blind survey of extragalactic neutral hydrogen (HI). Team St. Lawrence will remotely observe during three nights in February. An interview with the astronomers appeared in the Watertown Daily Times.

  • Aileen, Heather and Jeff
    Jeff Miller, Aileen O'Donoghue, Heather Cutler '12
    Jeff's computer is running the control and monitoring programs. The large projected display
    shows the position of the telescope. Aileen's computer monitors the data integrity.
  • January 30, 2011: Last week, APO board president Keith Wells met with the Tupper Lake Planning Board, and presented them with the plans for construction of our observatory. The construction of the first building with a roll-off roof will commence once the proper permits have been obtained from the Adirondack Park Agency. The Adirondack Daily Enterprise has a story about the planning board meeting.
  • January 29, 2011: APO Board member Mark Moeller has been chosen as the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year because "he's involved with nearly everything". As stated in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Mark is a member of the Catholic churches' parish council, the Adirondack Public Observatory, the Tupper Lake youth board, the Franklin County youth board, Family Champions, the regional work force investment board, the Tupper Lake Business Council and the local chapters of Rotary, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He is also president and CEO of CBNA Insurance Agency Inc. in Tupper Lake. Congratulations, Mark!
  • January 28, 2011: St. Lawrence University astronomers and APO Board members Aileen O'Donoghue and Jeffrey Miller made another trip to the Arecibo Radio Observatory. Student Heather Cutler, SLU class of 2012, accompanied them for the 4th NSF-Sponsored Undergraduate ALFALFA Workshop from January 17 - 19. The workshop brings together students and their faculty advisors to present their research, and learn to use the largest, single-dish radio telescope in the world. The Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) survey is an on-going blind survey of extragalactic neutral hydrogen (HI). When the survey is completed, ALFALFA will have detected more than 25,000 extragalactic HI line sources. St. Lawrence is a member of the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, a consortium of 16 institutions engaged in a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote undergraduate research within the ALFALFA project. More photos and details can be found on the SLU Physics Department web site.

  • Aileen, Heather and Jeff
    Aileen, Heather and Jeff
     
    Student observers
    Heather ( right) with student observers from Union College and Hartwick College
    Aileen's driving
    Aileen operates the telescope
     
    The Gregorian Dome
    A waxing gibbous Moon appears beneath the telescope's Gregorian Dome

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  • November 30, 2010: St. Lawrence University astronomers and APO Board members Aileen O'Donoghue and Jeffrey Miller recently spent their Thanksgiving break observing at the Arecibo Radio Observatory. Student Heather Cutler, SLU class of 2012, accompanied them for 4 nights of observing. They are involved with the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) survey, an on-going blind survey of extragalactic neutral hydrogen (HI). The survey uses the largest single dish radio telescope in the world, the 305-meter (1000-ft.) dish at the Arecibo Observatory, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. When the survey is completed, ALFALFA will have detected more than 25,000 extragalactic HI line sources. St. Lawrence is a member of the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, a consortium of 16 institutions engaged in a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to promote undergraduate research within the ALFALFA project. More photos and details can be found on the SLU Physics Department web site.

  • O'Donoghue, Cutler and Miller in the control room
    Aileen, Heather and Jeff in the control room
     
    Visiting the platform
    Aileen, Heather and Phil Patrick (Colgate U.) visit the telescope platform
    At the telescope
    Phil, Jeff and Heather in front of the platform
    Operating the telescope
    Heather at the telescope controls
  • October 26, 2010: Aileen O'Donoghue, APO Board member and Associate Professor of Physics, will write a bi-weekly column in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise beginning November 2nd. The column, entitled "The Wilderness Above", will provide information about the wild and natural universe that exists around – and above – us. More details can be found in this press announcement.
  • July 28, 2010: The APO hosted astrophotographer PK Chen at the Wild Center. PK signed copies of his book, "A Constellation Album: Stars and Mythology of the Night Sky", shared many of his amazing photographs and told stories about the photos he's taken from various, exotic locations around the world. More photos and details can be found on this page.

  • PK Chen autographs his book
    PK Chen signs autographs for young fans
    PK Chen
    PK answers questions from the audience
  • July, 2010: On July 4th, the APO once again participated in the Kiwanis of Tupper Lake's "Celebrate Youth Day". Tim Moeller and Gordie Duval set up telescopes and showed kids and adults how to safely observe the Sun. There was also a contest to "Guess the distance to the farthest planet", and the winners received a field guide to the constellations

  • Tim Moeller Solar telescope
    Tim Moeller at the APO tent The solar telescope
    Coronado Solar Telescope Guess the distance to the planets
    Detail of the Coronado solar telescope Guess the distance to the planets
  • May 27, 2010: Take a look at some 3-D renderings of our proposed observatory design, courtesy of Stanly E. Black AIA, Boston, Massachusetts. More images can be found on this page.

  • Front view of building The observing area at night
    Front view with building labeled The observing area at night
  • May 7, 2010: Gib Brown kicked off the spring series of lectures at the WILD Center with his talk What the Weather Wuz When We Wuz We'uns!

  • Gib Brown Gib Brown

 

 

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