Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) August 07, 2013
Astronomers plus star-gazers of all types are expected to cluster inside this northern Michigan resort town Oct. 4-5 for the inaugural Midwest Space Fest.
The festival timed to coincide with World Astronomy Week — might feature 2 days of escapades, movies plus talks including a keynote address by Dr. Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy at the University of California-Berkeley.
Carolyn McKellar, executive director of the unique festival, mentioned the event was founded to provide a fresh, non-traditional method to experience astronomy plus area sciences which might appeal even to the scientifically impaired.
You are able to look by telescopes at the amazing northern Michigan skies, enjoy a movie, hear to music with a room theme or hear among the largest astronomers of the day speak regarding runaway galaxies, she mentioned. We cant aid however, leave with a unique feeling of question regarding the universe.
Located about a deep bay of Lake Michigan, Traverse City is better termed as an exterior recreation center than because a area town like Huntsville, Houston plus Cocoa Beach. Many of its numerous festivals revolve about cherries, horses, wine plus ale. However because of its broad vistas plus comparative shortage of city lights (its found close to the International Dark Sky Park at the tip of Lower Michigan) it has constantly had a healthy contingent of astronomy fanatics.
McKellar is regarded as them. As a young student she became a habitu� of the J.H. Rogers Observatory at Northwestern Michigan College, plus throughout her senior year at Michigan State University she was called to the Jet Propulsion Laboratorys volunteer Solar System Ambassador system. In 2013 she founded Magnetic North, a nonprofit business dedicated to creating educational occasions focused found on the evening sky, physics plus area exploration.
Thats certainly what the Midwest Space Fest is, she mentioned. Its a big celebration of the wonders of the evening sky.
The festival can start inside Traverse Citys art deco State Theatre with a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary movie, The City Dark, a tour of the evening sky by Rogers Observatory director Jerry Dobek utilizing fiber-optic stars installed inside the theatre ceiling throughout a latest renovation, along with a conversation about light pollution by Mary Stewart Adams of the International Dark Sky Park.
Saturdays escapades include a free solar watching at the citys Open Space Park hosted by members of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, free interior shows plus escapades, culminating inside Alex Filippenkos presentation about Dark Energy as well as the Runaway Universe. A associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Filippenko is ideal acknowledged for his various appearances inside the favored History Channel series, The Universe, plus inside the History Channel documentary, STAR TREK: Tips of The Universe.
The festival concludes Saturday night at the Open Space with a public Star Party which has participants numerous telescope viewings of the evening sky.
Although its constantly difficult to predict attendance at an inaugural festival, McKellar is expecting at smallest a 1000 individuals to attend 1 or even more of the occasions. Mature plus student ticket costs are accessible for the movie, party plus astronomy presentation, plus package ticket costs are furthermore accessible about a first-come, first-served basis at http://www.magnorth.org/. A Celestron NexStar 8se telescope is quiet auctioned at the event.
For purchase tickets plus learn more regarding the festival, see http://www.magnorth.org plus discover the Midwest Space Fest about Facebook plus about Twitter: @MWSpaceFest.
To understand a lot more about additional fall occasions, festivals plus escapades inside Traverse City, contact the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau.