Eclipse Glasses at Coming Events

It’s the moment(s) you’ve been waiting for-eclipse viewing glasses.

Our friend Anne Holland, Community Engagement Director for the Space Science Institute, sent us a whole bunch of these glasses so you can look at the sun anytime you want on August 21 for two minutes and 40 seconds (two to three hours for the partial eclipse).

You can pick them up on the following dates at the Academy, 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver 80224.

July 25, 10 am-Noon

Aug 9, 9:30 am-2pm. Stay for the One Day Academy! FREE

Please make sure to read this helpful flier before viewing the eclipse. Eclipse Kit Flyer

Eclipse glass“Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. ” NASA.

 

 

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Mars: Straight from the Telescope July 27

To Welcome you to our new home, The Academy presents:

EXPLORING MARS ONE GIANT IMAGE AT A TIME

Wednesday, July 27, 1-3 pm followed by reception and classroom tours

Presentation by Dr. Jim Bergstrom, Ball Aerospace & Technologies

Although this amazing telescope launched over 10 years ago, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera remains the largest telescope ever sent to another solar system body. Since arriving in Mars’ orbit in March 2006, it has collected over 40,000 high-resolution, stunning images of the planet’s topography, past- and present-day surface water and even spacecraft ascending from its atmosphere. Get an understanding of the MRO Mission, a description of the HiRISE Instrument, a brief reflection on launch activities at Kennedy Space Center and the current status of the MRO Mission.

Seasonal flows Mars
Seasonal flows on warm Martian slopes may be caused by the flow of salty water on Mars.

Dr. Bergstrom has 35 years of experience in the design, development and testing of electro-optic instruments and components. Jim retired in 2014 from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., after 18 years of work on remote sensing instruments there. He continues part-time as a consultant to Ball and remains the Chief Systems Engineer for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.

This is a FREE event for you and a friend. No RSVPs necessary.

Onsite registration available at this event. 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver CO 80224

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Break Out the Wigs! It’s an Einstein Party!

Plus Anniversary cake!!!!Einstein

To button up our end-of-year programming, The Academy is offering a FREE lecture in conjunction with the Academy’s inaugural Giving Week.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon-2
(with 15 minutes at 12:45 for cake eating and a passing period for those with a 1 p.m. class)

Einstein’s Key to the Universe – The 100th Anniversary of General Relativity

Einstein’s greatest achievement was his General Theory of Relativity which he presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin 100 years ago in November, 1915.

This discovery gave birth to the new science of cosmology which studies the structure, birth, and fate of the entire universe.  Huge advances in cosmology have occurred throughout the 20th century and into the present.

His success would make him the first international scientific celebrity. Einstein overcame personal health problems as well as the strife created by his pacifism in the midst of fervent nationalism while World War I raged.

Anger and revenge against him would follow him through the 1920s in Weimar Berlin and intensify with the rise of National Socialism.  He fled Germany for the United States just before Hitler became chancellor in 1933.

I will provide an overview of the key concepts of General Relativity and discuss the culture, personal issues, and harsh times that Einstein had to overcome.

Speaker:  John Anderson worked in technical sales and support in the computer industry for 30 years. Retirement allowed him to resume an undergraduate interest in physics and the history of science. He has facilitated several science classes at the Academy and OLLI, including “Neutrinos: Ghost Particles”, “The Great Equations,” “Feynman Physics Fest” and “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists.” He escaped to Colorado 26 years ago after a score of years in the New York/New Jersey area, including seven years on Wall Street. He has a degree in physics from Yale.

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