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SPOOKY SPECTRUM A FANTASTIC SUCCESS

Over 250 brave souls joined us for the annual Spooky Spectrum. It was much fun—the sky was excellent and we wowed the kids with liquid crystals, a potato clock and water clock, and ice melting blocks. As usual, Mr. Tom ran the Scope-on-a-Rope and Catholic High performed a chemistry demonstration. 2017’s Spooky Spectrum will take place on 21 October.

2016 Spooky Spectrum 1
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2016 Spooky Spectrum 3

FIRST ITEM ACQUIRED FROM THIS YEAR’S DONATION DRIVE

HRPO has several amazingly accurate globes showcasing the terrain of Mercury☿, Venus♀, Mars♂ and Earth♁’s Moon. Our patrons have just added the brand-new Pluto♇ Globe to that collection! It will be ordered this week and should be here soon after. We still have four items left. Be generous and donate!

BINOCULAR BUYING LECTURE ON 16 DECEMBER

The talk “Skygazing Binoculars” (on Friday the 16th at 7:30 pm) will highlight the most important aspects of a good binocular. Whether gift-hunting or searching for oneself, acquiring the right binocular will yield a plethora of celestial beauty. The Earth♁’s Moon alone has at least two dozen features easily accessible with a good binocular. This event is also free admission and is meant for a general adult audience.

GLOBE AT NIGHT TRAINING SESSION ON 23 DECEMBER

The final light pollution measurement session of the year runs from 20 December to 30 December. HRPO is inviting all physics students, all who have done science fair projects on astronomy, Young Astronauts, Cadets, Rocketeers, Reviewers and Apprentices to the back viewing pad on Friday the 23rd from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm. During this session patrons will learn the location and layout of the constellation Perseus, and how to report their findings from home to the GLOBE at Night website!

“WINTER ROCKET CAMP” AND “LEARN YOUR TELESCOPE” TO PROCEED

Both the Winter Rocket Camp (28 and 29 Dec) and the Learn Your Telescope course (7 Jan) have enough registrants to justify the effort to offer them. So both are guaranteed to go on.

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Last updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Monday, December 12, 2016, 05:29 PM.