The Legacy of Harrison Schmitt

“What size were the boots you wore on the Apollo mission?” Many minutes into the Q&A that followed Thursday’s presentation given by Dr. Harrison Schmitt, someone asked him to recall the strangest question asked of him after the Apollo 17 mission.  He easily recalled his flat, unambiguous response: “I have …

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On the Shoulders of Giants

An allure for events like Christmas In The Country is clearly nostalgia. Surrounded by saddle-notched buildings and people in period clothing often affords a sense of “time-travel”, as visitors witness a village filled with the trappings of a time long passed.  And while the arrow of time may irrevocably fly …

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The Last Eclipse Awareness

In a word, First Fridays Florence was amazing, considering that an unfavorable early forecast gave way to partly sunny skies and incredible evening temperatures on Friday. But what really made the event was the overwhelming response from the community, as people oftentimes surrounded the tables.  The lure of free eclipse shades was …

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The July 15th Picnic

What a pleasant night on LaGrange Mountain! Everyone’s food contribution was amazing, and we were so grateful to have so many on hand to enjoy some night sky fellowship. It was welcoming just to roll the roof back on the observatory and idly chat about space lore, especially in familiar …

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June 29th Meeting Summary

Hello, everyone!  We had eight in attendance at our June 29th meeting (including two guests!), and had some upcoming events to plan.  Here’s a quick rundown of what we discussed. Regarding eclipse advocacy for July 7th First Fridays: We will set up on Court Street, rain or shine.  Booth setup …

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LaGrange Observatory’s Roof Opens Again!

For the first time in many years, sunlight bathed the whole interior of LaGrange Observatory on Saturday, as its roof gracefully rolled open once more.  The picture in this paragraph doesn’t properly show the success, thanks to a late-afternoon shadow creeping across the project, but the first goal has been accomplished at LaGrange …

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