All set for the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo!

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, October 17, 2013

A month from now, I’ll have the pleasure of joining a number of other speakers at the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo in Tucson, the second annual such event, established and run by the inexhaustible Alan Traino. The two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 South Church Avenue, in downtown Tucson. The event is the largest telescope and astronomy show in the West and offers a great lineup of talks, as well as dozens of commercial exhibitors showing telescopes, binoculars, cameras, accessories, books, and everything else you’ll need for your astronomy hobby.

The lineup of speakers should be plenty of fun. Saturday presents a welcome and opening remarks by well-known astroimager Robert Reeves, a frequent contributor to Astronomy. Our good friend and Editorial Advisory Board member Alex Filippenko of the University of California will then speak on dark energy, followed by a science panel discussion with Geoff Notkin, Phil Plait, Carin Bondar, Amy Shira Teitel, Emily Lakdawalla, Michael Belfori, Lauren B. Worley, and Stephen Ramsden.

To cap off Saturday, astronaut Story Musgrave will speak about life and the cosmos.

Sunday’s lineup will be fun, too.

Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society will talk about the golden age of planetary exploration. I will join several others on a panel discussion to talk about Comet ISON and comets in general. The panel will also include David H. Levy, Jim Scotti, Steve Larson, and Carl Hergenrother.

And then our good friend and Editorial Advisory Board member Tim Ferris will close the event with a talk on “The State of the Universe.”

It will be a terrific time, and I’m looking forward to meeting many of you there. Astronomy’s advertising guru Jeff Felbab will be manning our booth, and at some point during the show, we’ll do a book signing for my recently released COMETS! Visitors from Deep Space (Cambridge, 2013).

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See you there!

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