ou to its annual Winter Star
Party on Saturday, February 18. The Winter Star Party offers family activities, s
peakers on various astron
omy topics and observing the winter constellations, along with Venus, Mars, Uranus, th
e Orion Nebula, and much more through Kopernik's powerful telescopes. See the schedule in the panel below for more information.
This year's guest speaker is
Father George Coyne SJ PhD,
Director-Emeritus of the Vatican Observatory.
Fr. Coyne will talk about "The Copernican Revolution," which started when Polish astronomer and mathematician Mikołaj Kopernik (1473-1543), known in English as Nicholas Copernicus, published his famous work in 1543 about the Earth revolving around the sun. Kopernik's discoveries challenged many existing beliefs and ran up against the Church. He also laid the groundwork for the birth of modern science, by clarifying the notion of hypothesis in scientific research. Coyne will discuss Kopernik's work and confrontations, and what they have to say about the role of science in society today.
At the end of the Father Coyne's presentation, celebrate Mikołaj Kopernik's 544th birthday (February 19, 1473) with cake.
Winter Star Party
Saturday, February 18, 2017
6 p.m.: Doors Open: Tours/Observing - Ongoing telescope observing if clear!
Family Activities: Lego Robots & Snap Electric Kits
6:30 p.m.: Lights & Lasers for Kids
7 p.m.: The Copernican Revolution
Fr. George Coyne SJ PhD
Director-Emeritus Vatican Observatory
8:30 p.m: Mikolaj
Kopernik's birthday cake
Winter Deep-Sky Gems & Jewels
If clear skies prevail - our telescopes will be open throughout the event
Deep Sky Objects
|Pleiades Open Star Cluster
This annual event ha
s really turned into a fun tradition at Kopernik. We hope you can make it to Kopernik and t
ear skies will prevail! Don't forget to dress warm
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& Science Center
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