On the weekend of March 31-April 2, students in grades 8-12 are invited to Kopernik Observatory for the Deep-Sky Expedition with Rocket Symposium

Registration Deadline is Friday, March 24 
Please register asap!
Feel free to call (607)748-3685 X 308
for easy over-the-phone registration!

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shami Chatterjee from Cornell University will speak at Kopernik during this workshop. This two night / three day workshop will have students learning about Deep-Sky objects including galaxies, star clusters and nebula. Students will also build and launch rockets during the day on Saturday.

See below for more details and online registration.     

Deep-Sky Expedition 

with Rocket Symposium 
Fri. Mar. 31 - Sun. Apr. 2

Students will enjoy a stellar weekend at the Kopernik Observatory as they hunt down a multitude of galaxies and deep-sky objects. They will learn about a variety of celestial objects and how to observe them. They will discuss how galaxies, star clusters and nebulae form and will build a detailed map of the Milky Way galaxy. On Saturday morning, students will participate in a Rocket Symposium where they will build their own model rocket and then launch it later in the afternoon. Rocket launching and telescope observing activities will vary, depending on weather and sky conditions. 

Students will stay overnight with adult supervision
on Friday and Saturday at Kopernik.
Saturday and Sunday meals will be provided. 
Mysterious Flashes from the Distant Universe  
Shami Chatterjee, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate from Cornell University
With recent strides in radio telescope sensitivity and computational   With recent strides in radio telescope sensitivity and computational capacity, astronomers have discovered fast radio bursts, millisecond-long flashes of radio waves that appear to come from random directions in the sky. Recently, one of these bursts was caught in the act. Its source has been identified and appears to be 2.5 billion light years away. What could produce flashes so bright that they are detectable across the universe, and yet so common that there are five to ten thousand of these bursts each and every day? Professor Chatterjee is one of the astronomers in hot pursuit of the answer.

If you prefer, you may download the  Pegasus registration form and mail it in, or register over the phone at (607) 748-3685 ext. 308.  

Expedition Objectives 
  • Overview of different deep-sky objects
  • Observing the deep sky objects through different telescopes
  • Image deep sky objects using DSLR & CCD cameras 
  • Telescope training - both  traditional & computerized
  • Find out what happens when galaxies collide!
  • Discover what NASA's great observatories are revealing about the Universe!