Wrapping Up the Last Star Party 2015

Ah, those long summer days are coming, and that means that our Star Parties must be put on hiatus until fall.

Here are some photos from the Star Party on Friday, March 27, 2015.  A big thanks to everyone who came out, and to all of our volunteers.

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Balancing the gravity bird on their noses. Talent!

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Professor Fulton and students taking a break from viewing sunspots.

 

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Jupiter and at least three moons.

 

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Our moon, as seen through the telescopes and captured by cell phone.

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Rocks and fossils.

Star Party This Friday

starpartyStar Party #2 for 2014-2015 will be this Friday from 5:30-9:30 at ACC’s Round Rock campus.  We’ll be there, plus our friends from the Austin Planetarium will be there with their mobile planetarium.  There’s be a talk on the discovery of Uranus and Neptune from Dr. Heath, and everyone can take in the wonders of the night sky from the observatory.

For more info, visit go.austincc.edu/starparty

School Visits, Star Parties, and Fun!

This year has taken off!  We’ve visited two schools, and shared the fun at the first Star Party.

Take a look at all the science fun!

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Magdeburg Suction Cups – you can’t pull them apart!

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Soaring Sphere!

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Handy Pressure

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Lenz Law tube


Star Party This Friday – October 24, 2014!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJoin us from 5:30-9:30 at Austin Community College’s Round Rock campus for a night of science fun for the whole family!

From 5:30-7:00pm, ACCHaoS will be there with all of the exciting hands-on science exhibits for kids, and Austin Planetarium will have planetarium shows in the Discovery Dome.

At 7:00, our own Dr. Jim Heath, ACC professor of astronomy and physics will hold a public talk entitled, “Science: What It Can and Cannot Do.”

Last, but not least, the observing deck will be open to the public for some night sky viewing.

Check out all the details at go.austincc.edu/starparty!

Star Party Time Again!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome party with the stars!  This Friday, February 7th, ACC’s Physical Sciences Dept. will host another Star Party at the Round Rock campus! There will be lots to do – hands-on science from ACCHaoS, planetarium shows from Austin Planetarium, a public talk on Galileo and Kepler in 1609, AND viewing of the night sky from the observing deck high atop building 3000 (weather permitting!) For details, check out go.austincc.edu/starparty. See you there!

Here’s the info on the Star Party:

When:  February 7, 2014, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Where:  Austin Community College’s Round Rock Campus – 4400 College Park Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665.  Building 2000 lobby (for hands-on science and planetarium shows); Building 3000 for public talk (room 3339) and the observation deck.

 

ACCHaoS – Fall 2013 in Retrospect

We’ve been busy.  I mean, really busy – and this is a very, very good thing!  I was catching up on some record-keeping this morning.  So far this semester (Fall 2013), ACCHaoS has made five school visits to four schools, and attended three public events – two Star Parties, and a Back to School Night that Paul did all by himself!  This translates into about forty-three hours of direct contact, and sharing science with a little over 1, 300 kids and adults.  We’re not done yet – we still have one more school visit before Winter Break.  The fun won’t stop there – we have  full calendar for Spring 2014!  Let the wild science rumpus begin!

Take a look at these photos – you can see why it has been a blast!

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Photos courtesy of Leslie Long and Karl Trappe

Star Party – November 8, 2013

Wow – haven’t posted in a while.  We’ve been busy this semester!

We had a great turnout at last Friday’s Star Party!  Lots of kids and their parents, lots of sharing science going on!  Here are a few really great photos – many thanks to the intrepid Karl Trappe for taking these photos.  If you’d like to see more, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ACCHaoS

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13 Hours of Non-Stop Science!

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Star Party fun with ACCHaoS
Photo by Leslie Long

Tomorrow is a big day for ACCHaoS.  To start the day off, we’re visiting Old Town Elementary 1st graders!  Old Town Texans rock!  Then, from 5:30 until 8:00, we’ll be at the Star Party sharing science with who ever wants to come!  Why this crazy schedule, you ask?  Because science really is that fun!!!

Be sure and come visit us at the Star Party. It will be from 5:30-9:45 on Friday, October 11th at ACC’s Round Rock campus. ACCHaoS will be set up in the lobby of building 2000. Our good friends from the Austin Planetarium will be there with the Discovery Dome, their mobile planetarium. If you haven’t checked out the planetarium shows, they are really awesome.

At 7:00 in room 3339 in building 3000, Jim Heath will conduct another of his popular talks. This one is titled “On the Shoulders of Giants,” a look at the history of science.

Then at 8:00, the observing deck on building 3000 will open, and everyone can have a look at the night sky through the three big ACC telescopes.  What else will we see?  I’m not sure, but there’ll be ACC faculty and staff on hand to guide you and answer questions.

More info on the Star Party party can be found at go.austincc.edu/starparty

More info on ACCHaoS can be found at go.austincc.edu/acchaos

Star Party Fun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe weather kept us from seeing any stars at the Star Party on Friday, but we still had a great turn-out.  Our hands-on activities were enjoyed by all ages – it’s fun to see that the adults have just as fun as the kids!

Thank you to everyone who came out, and to everyone who participated!  Austin Planetarium and their Discovery Dome planetarium shows were a big hit as always.  Professor Tom Brown from the Geology program brought some of their fossil collection, including some  fossils that where found locally.  Central Texas was a very different place during the days of the dinosaurs!  Dr. Jim Heath’s talk on Pluto was very informative and entertaining.  We all had a great time.

Hope to have some photos to share soon!

Next Star Party is on March 22nd – info is at http://go.austincc.edu/starparty.

Star Party Flyers are Winging It to the Campuses!

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I got the Star Party Flyers back from Duplication Services today, and mailed them out for distribution to the campuses.  Since most of the graphics I design are for the web,  it’s always exciting to see how a finished product looks as a hard copy.  Well…most of the time it’s exciting!

If you’re on campus next week, and you spot one of of the flyers, would you let me know?  I’m trying to determine the effectiveness of this method of advertising the event.