I’ve previously mentioned the Northeast Astronomy Forum, the largest telescope show in the United States that will take place in Suffern, New York, April 28–29. Alan Traino, NEAF’s driving force, has announced the speaker schedule for the meeting, which is sponsored by Astronomy magazine and takes place at Rockland Community College.
Sunday morning will offer a special workshop on spectroscopy by Tom Fields. The afternoon will begin with a talk on challenges astronomy clubs face by Marni Berendsen of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. This will be followed by a talk on meteorites from Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin, the Science Channel’s Meteorite Men. I will close out the afternoon with a presentation on the latest advances in astronomy, planetary science, and cosmology. Following this, door prizes and remarks will end NEAF until 2013. For more information on NEAF, see: http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/neaf/index.html.
And if you’re at all interested in astroimaging, you should know that a major two-day conference on the subject precedes NEAF. Called the Northeast Astro Imaging Conference, it will be packed with speakers and fantastic images of the cosmos. See my past blogs for details: Calling all imagers to the North East Astro-Imaging Conference!, Updated schedule for the North East Astro-Imaging Conference. For more information on NEAIC, see: http://www.rocklandastronomy.com/NEAIC/index.html.I heartily encourage you to go to both events — there’s nothing else quite like them in the world.
I'm looking very much forward to my first NEAF event! It is a shame that NEAF got scheduled on the same day as Astronomy Day! I'm sure it is a real challenge to pick dates, but I hope I can serve at Astronomy Day and NEAF in 2013.
I love NEAF, and I'm looking forward to getting back there, after missing it the last few years.