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Astronomy – What’s Up in the Sky for 2021
October 21, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library and Kansas City Public Library.
The year 2021 promises some great stargazing opportunities, with chances to see comets, dying stars, galaxies and of course the planets! Join Dan Johnson, long-time amateur astronomer, member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, and volunteer instructor at the Powell Observatory, to find out what you can expect to see in the night sky with a small telescope in the coming year.
Dan Johnson is a long-time amateur astronomer. He grew up in Central Kansas at the edge of suburbia where you could look up and see the Milky Way. He received his first telescope in the fifth grade, and that’s where his love of astronomy began. Dan moved to Kansas City after graduating from Kansas State University and joined one of the largest astronomy societies in the country, the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC), where he volunteered at Kansas City’s Powell Observatory in the early 1990s. Today, he owns one of the largest private telescopes in Kansas City and is currently a volunteer instructor at Powell Observatory.
Accessing the Program
This free, online program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated. Thank you!
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The program will also be livestreamed on the Library’s Facebook page.
This program is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Its content is solely the responsibility of the Linda Hall Library.
Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Barentine, John C. The lost constellations : a history of obsolete, extinct, or forgotten star lore Cham Switzerland : Springer/Praxis, published in association with Praxis Publishing, 2016.
- Consolmagno, Guy; Davis, Dan M. (Dan Michael); Sepp, Karen Kotash; Drogin, Anne; Skirvin, Mary Lynn Turn left at Orion : a hundred night sky objects to see in a small telescope– and how to find them Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
- Tyson, Neil deGrasse; Strauss, Michael Abram; Gott, J. Richard Welcome to the universe : an astrophysical tour Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016.
- Walker, Richard Spectral atlas for amateur astronomers : a guide to the spectra of astronomical objects and terrestrial light sources Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 201.