Public Outreach

August 12, 2022: Perseid Skywatching at Dix

Date:  August 12, 2022 Time:  9:00 – 11:00 pm (and later) Location: Dix Park, Raleigh, NC Volunteers: Steven Blake, Johnny Horne, Mike Keefe, Barton Meeks, Ann Murphy, Emily Ann Kolvitz, Matt Lochansky. Lijoy Samuel. Tony Verdone, Frank Westmoreland, Richard White, Chris Wittum Event Attendees: 4000-5000 Overview: The weeks leading up to the event were showing very strong registration. With beautiful weather, they all turned out for the event. The storm front passed ealier in the day leaving temps in the…

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June 15, 2022: Stars for Ft. Bragg

Date: June 15, 2022 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 pm Location: Smith Lake Recreation Center, 5144, Smith Lake Rd, Fort Bragg, NC 28310 Volunteers: Steve Blake Dana Bostic (author) Steve Goodman Mike Keefe Barton Meeks Bob Muzzi Rob Parsons Ed & Joan Radomski Chris Wittum Matt Lochansky did all the upfront work, but was unable to attend. Event Attendees: 104 Overview: This site is at the Smith Lake Recreation Center for Fort Bragg. It is just across the lake from Simmons…

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June 4, 2022: Mini Star Party at Three Bears Acres

Three Bears Acres with Triangle Land Conservancy Date:  June 4, 2022 (This was the rain date, originally June 3) Time:  8:30 – 11:00 pm Location: Three Bears Acres, Creedmoor NC Volunteers: Dana Bostic Rob Parsons Chris Wittum Ann Murphy Matt Lochansky Ana Vail did all the upfront work, but was unable to attend. Event Attendees: ~30 Overview: This site, the former site of Three Bears Acres in Creedmoor (Granville County), was recently acquired by the Triangle Land Conservancy. To my…

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April 8, 2022: Public Observing at Prairie Ridge Statewide Star Party

Prairie Ridge Statewide Star Party Date:  April 8, 2022 Time:  8:30 – 11:00 pm Location: Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh NC Volunteers: Steven Blake Doug Lively Chris Wittum Brian Reasor Tony Verdone Frank Westmorland Event Attendees: 176 Overview: We setup near the research building closest to the parking lot, with good views > 15 deg elevation in all directions. Viewing conditions were party cloudy until ~9:15PM, at which point a cloud layer from the southwest moved in. Only the Moon was…

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April 1, 2022: Public Observing White Deer Park

Aspiring Engineers Public Observing at White Deer Park Date:  April 1, 2022 Time:  7-9pm Location: White Deer Park, Garner NC Volunteers: Steven Blake Nick Helmer Jossilin Lochansky Matt Lochansky Ann Murphy Rob Parsons Tony Verdone Event Attendees: ~75 Overview: We had a good night with clear skies. Temps were in the 60s much of the evening. We set up on the field by the Nature Center with a decent view towards from the NW to S, then to the SE…

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