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WEDNESDAY: GOTTLIEB PLANETARIUM

Since opening in 1999, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium has been and continues to be Kansas City’s greatest connection to the universe. With upgrades in 2017 to technology, speakers, and seating, the guest experience becomes more and more immersive. As the interest in the stars grew, so did the reach of our educators. Featuring a weekly Facebook live stream that ties in our current astronomical events, guests can discover and explore not only within the Planetarium but in
the comfort of their own home.

The Planetarium at Science City is an immersive space exploration experience that takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the cosmos. With its state-of-the-art technology, including a high-resolution projection system and a domed theater, the Planetarium offers awe inspiring shows that delve into the mysteries of the universe.

Explore the night sky, learn about constellations, and gain insights into the discoveries in astronomy and space exploration.

THURSDAY: DAVID LEVY AT LINDA HALL LIBRARY

The Linda Hall Library has extensive holdings in astronomy and associated topics, including a large collection of David Levy’s observing logs and memorbilia.

David Levy will review his work as famed comet hunter and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which impacted Jupiter in 1992 and discuss his latest book. Library staff will present a sampling of the library’s world-renowned collection of rare astronomical works.

A quick search of the online catalog lists over 5500 entries with astronomy-related subject headings:

  • Over 1000 non-proceedings titles in the general collection.
  • Over 1000 conference proceedings titles.
  • Over 400 journal titles: the oldest title in the general collection dates back to 1765 (Astronomical observations made at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich).
  • All collections above include foreign-language items (Russian, Italian, Latin, etc.).
  • In addition to books in the general collection, the History of Science Library’s Rare Book Room is home to noted items on astronomy, including:
    ➢ Claudius Ptolemy’s Almagest[m] (1515), “a huge and noble work containing all the movements of the
    heavens” (translation). Giovanni Riccioli published the New Almagest (Almagestum novum) in 1651.
    Learned: Tico Brahæ, his astronomicall coniectur of the new and much admired [star] which appeared
    in the year 1572
    (1632). Among Brahæ’s accomplishments was the discovery of a “new and much
    admired star” near the constellation Cassiopeia, contradicting the widely held belief that the universe
    was fixed and unchanging.
    Harmonia macrocosmica (1661), the seventh in a series of atlases published by
    geographer/cosmographer Gerard Mercator and Johannes Janssonius. The folio-sized work includes 29
    double plates illustrating the theories of Tycho Brahe, Copernicus, and Ptolemy.
    ➢ Francis Godwin’s L’homme dans la lune (“Man in the Moone”; 1666) is considered one of the first
    works of science fiction. It relates a Spanish nobleman’s unplanned journey to the moon, flown by a
    team of swans (or geese) towing his homemade flying machine.
    ➢ The first two editions of A popular history of astronomy during the nineteenth century by Irish writer
    Agnes Clerke
    , who popularized astronomy through her many essays and texts. (The fourth edition is in
    the general collection.) Clerke was awarded honorary membership in the Royal Astronomical Society in
    1903 and, in 1981, was recognized by having a lunar crater designated in her name.
  • Other highlights of the Linda Hall astronomy resources:
  • ➢ Linda Hall is grateful to receive the observation logs and journals of noted astronomer David Levy into
    the collection.
    ➢ The library is the only place in the world where researchers and patrons can read, use, and examine all
    three “versions” of Galileo’s seminal work, the Sidereus Nuncius (1610).
    ➢ The library also owns copies or editions of all items on the Astronomical League’s Top 10 Astronomy
    Books of All Time
    (2022).
  • Linda Hall recently added the Jerome Pearson Fellowship to its roster of research opportunities for scholars. The postdoctoral fellowship encompasses research in engineering, astronomy, physics, and astrophysics, as well as disciplines related to space travel and exploration.

FRIDAY: STAR-B-Q AND STARGAZING

The Star-B-Q for ALCon2024 will be held at Overland Park Arborteum & Botanical Gardens, featuring Kansas City’s famous Zarda Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q.

After dinner, a trip to ASKC’s very own Powell Observatory in Louisburg, Kan., is scheduled. Cloudy or clear, ASKC member Rachel Cionitti will do a presentation on Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Then, weather permitting, there will be viewing through the Rusinger 30-inch telescope and other telescopes at the Powell Observatory complex. If it’s raining, we will return to the hotel and Rachel will do her presentation there.

SATURDAY: AWARDS BANQUET AND KEYNOTE TALK

The Awards Banquet and ceremony will be held in the Monterey Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton. Waldo Jazz Collective will entertain during the social hour and dinner.

Stephon Alexander, a jazz saxophonist who ponders links, including sound, between small and big things in the universe is the keynote speaker. He is a professor of Physics at Brown University, Providence, R.I. He will sit in with the band before his presentation. Astronomical League Awards will be presented after the speaker