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P.O. Box 1332
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
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Stargazing at the APO Roll Off Roof Observatory!

Beginning June 3rd, the Adirondack Public Observatory is open for public star gazing every clear Friday of each month through September or early October. Observing will start ½ hour after sunset at the Roll Off Roof Observatory, 178 Big Wolf Road (map).

Check our Observing Conditions page for the nightly sky forecast, and Facebook for observing notices; daily sunset times and the Moon's phase appear in the left margin of each page on our website! Weather cancellations will be announced on Facebook or you can call the RORO at (518) 359-6317.

All public star gazing sessions are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. Private viewing sessions can also be arranged for $100 for up to 20 people. Please call the office at (518) 359-3538 or email us to make arrangements.

Dark Sky Astrophotography Exchange

An opportunity to meet, trade secrets and perform astrophotography under the darkest skies in the Eastern USA.

Who should attend? Simply put: Everyone. Very few astrophotographers, regardless of their level, have access to dark skies. We invite you to take advantage of our location to capture images at your own level. Avoid light pollution with us. Come with your own equipment or use ours to shine with your best images.

Registration for the Dark Sky Astrophotography Exchange 2016 includes participation in all sessions, as well as "Dinner Under Dark Skies" on Saturday Night. The registration fee is $50.00.00 per participant with a 20% discount for APO Members.

Events will occur from September 23 – 25, and will be held at the Roll Off Roof Observatory (178 Big Wolf Rd., Tupper Lake – map) and the APO Office (36 High St., Tupper Lake – map). The brochure contains a detailed schedule of events.

Visit the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce website for a listing of places to stay in Tupper Lake: www.tupperlake.com

Register for the workshop using our online registration form

The registration fee is made using PayPal (which also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards for payment). Call the APO office at (518) 359-3538 if you have any questions or need further information about the workshop.

Astrophotography Exchange 2016 Brochure
Dark Sky Astrophotography Exchange 2016 Brochure

Recent Events

Lecture: Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue – "Ripples in Spacetime: The Physics of Gravity Waves"

Last year, the existence of gravity waves, proposed by Einstein, was confirmed. What can these ripples tell us about the Universe? Free and open to the public.

Friday, August 19 at 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake (map).

Aileen is the Priest Associate Professor of Physics at St. Lawrence University, where she teaches physics and astronomy. She writes a column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and makes frequent appearances to discuss the wonders of the night sky on North Country Public Radio. She is also a trustee of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

Lecture: Aileen O'Donoghue
Gravity Waves - Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue

Canceled! Observing: The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower observing this evening has been canceled due to the poor weather foreast.

Watch the Perseid meteor shower, considered by many to be the finest display of the year! Calculations by astronomers suggest that Earth might encounter a denser-than-usual Perseid stream this year, so it's possible we may see maximum counts near 150 per hour – if the sky is clear!

Friday, August 12 at the Roll Off Roof Observatory, 178 Big Wolf Road (map). Observing begins at 9:00 pm and continues throughout the evening. Weather permitting.

Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket for more comfortable observing. Bring binoculars if you wish, but meteor showers are best observed with the unaided eye. Read more about meteor showers, and this year's appearance of the Perseids, at Sky & Telescope.

Perseid Meteors over Mount Shasta
Perseid Meteors over Mount Shasta
Image Credit & Copyright:
Brad Goldpaint (Goldpaint Photography)

Lecture: Jeffrey Miller – "Saturn: The Lord of the Rings"

Join us for a discussion about the history of observing the ringed planet, and some of the recent discoveries by the Cassini spacecraft. As Cassini moves into its Grand Finale Mission, what discoveries will it make? The lecture is free and open to the public..

Friday, July 29, 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake (map).

Jeffrey Miller is an astronomer at St. Lawrence University, Canton NY, and a trustee of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

Lecture: Jeffrey Miller
Saturn - Jeffrey Miller

Lecture: Dr. Damian G. Allis – "Maybe They've Discovered Us, Too: Exoplanets And Their Possible Inhabitants"

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Allis' lecture has been canceled and will hopefully be rescheduled at a future date.

There are over 3300 confirmed worlds beyond our own Solar System in a tiny measured piece of the Nighttime Sky - and many, many, many more waiting to be identified. In less than 20 years, we've gone from circumstantial evidence for *another* planet in the universe to measuring the cloud cover on mid-sized exoplanets. Advances in optics and detectors means that, soon, we'll observe more exoplanets directly, discover moons in orbit around these planets, make maps of major features, and even start the search for life - as we know it - by first looking for clues in distant atmospheres. Hard science and our imaginations make a great pair as we consider what new life forms may look like, although we need not look beyond our own planet to see how life can survive (and thrive!) in the craziest of places.

Friday, July 29, 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake (map).

Dr. Damian G. Allis is the executive director of CNY Observers (www.cnyo.org) and a NASA Solar System Ambassador. When not waiting on the clouds, he is a Research Professor at Syracuse University and Research Fellow with the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute, where his research focuses on materials science, drug discovery and delivery, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology.

Lecture: Dr. Admian G. Allis
Exoplanets - Dr. Damian Allis

Lecture: Jeffrey Miller – "Juno: Peeking Through Jupiterís Clouds"

Juno is NASAís latest spacecraft designed to reveal Jupiterís secrets by peering through its dense, cloudy atmosphere. Scheduled to enter orbit on July 4, Juno will help us understand more about the solar systemís beginnings by studying the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Juno will measure the properties of the Jovian atmosphere, map its magnetic and gravity fields, and study the auroras Ė Jupiterís northern and southern lights Ė that occur near the poles. Join us for this exciting journey to the king of the planets! Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 22, 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake (map).

Jeffrey Miller is an astronomer at St. Lawrence University, Canton NY, and a trustee of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

Lecture: Jeffrey Miller
Juno - Jeffrey Miller

Lecture: Dr. Valerie Rapson – "A Trip on NASA 747-SOFIA"

Did you know that NASA owns a modified Boeing 747 with a 2.5m telescope on the back that’s usable in flight? Her name is SOFIA – the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – and she has allowed astronomers to study outer space at 45,000 ft for the last 5 years.

Join Dr. Valerie Rapson as she takes us aboard her flight on SOFIA and experience everything from pre-flight training to on-board research. Put your seats back and your tray tables up, it’s going to be a fun ride! Free and open to the public.

Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm at The Wild Center, Tupper Lake (map).

NASA 747-SOFIA - Dr. Valerie Rapson
Dr. Valerie Rapson is the Dudley Observatory Outreach Astronomer. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is very excited to be spearheading the astronomy education programs at the Dudley Observatory at the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady, NY. She hopes to reach out to all members of the public, both young and young-at-heart, and teach them the wonders of outer space. Her motto is: “You don’t need to be a 'rocket scientist' to learn about, understand, and enjoy astronomy”.
Dr. Rapson & NASA 747-SOPHIA

International SUN-Day!

An international celebration of our closest star, the Sun! Solar observing, educational programs, games, prizes and other activities for adults and kids. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 19, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Adirondack Public Observatory, 178 Big Wolf Rd., Tupper Lake (map).

Sun Day 2016

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21 August, 2016