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If you're wondering; "What should I do this coming Saturday, August 16th?" You may want to go to Columbia, SC, and be a part of the Grand Opening of the South Carolina State Museum! Liz Klimek is the new director of their just completed 55 foot planetarium! Of course, Jack Dunn will also be there, 'turning on and off the light switches'. Please join me in extending a downhome SEPA welcome to these folks, who should be an awesome addition to our membership. And this, from Matthew Whitehouse, Observatory Manager at SCSM: "The Grand Opening event this Saturday (16th) kicks off at 9:00am and ends at 7:00pm. We will be running planetarium and 4d theatre shows all day, and the observatory will be open 11:00am-3:00pm for solar observing. We'd love to see you folks here!"
and, finally, from their website:
SHOWING OPENING Weekend
Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years. Travel to Egypt to visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, to Persia to see the original Mausoleum, to Babylon to explore the fabled Hanging Gardens, to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders. Narrated by Sean Bean, Boromir from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy...
-Ken Brandt, Vice President-elect, SEPA
We are pleased to announce that the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago will present a FREE, professional development, short course for informal educators.
Application Deadline August 1, 2014.
What to Expect:
The heavens fixed no more. Discoveries made over the past decade have revealed that the Universe and objects within are changing on timescales from shorter than a microsecond to longer than a billion years. In our eighth short course, KICP scientists will share the most current research about the cosmos focused on the theme of change and evolution. The 3-day short course will also feature a practicum, where teams of participants will have the opportunity to develop sky show presentations and other content for their home institutions, that will be juried on the final day.
Meals and housing provided.
Limited travel assistance may be applied for.