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Stars at Yerkes SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors for 2014

                                                                                                                                                                    
-photo credit Margie Corp

Congratulations to our Stars at Yerkes colleagues on their selection to the SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program!

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying classroom for our Stars at Yerkes outreach educators Lynne Zielinski, Kathy Gustavson, and Marcella Linahan (pictured here L-R in the Yerkes Observatory Morgan Room). 

Lynne Zielinski (
National Space Society, Long Grove, Illinois) and Marcella Linahan (Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, Illinois) have teamed together, and will fly sometime in early summer. 

Kathy Gustavson (
Nicolet High School, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin) has teamed with Jean Creighton (University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Manfred Olson Planetarium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to bring the excitement of learning the infrared to their respective institutions.  Their flight on March 26, 2014 is highlighted in a YouTube video seen here.

We could not be happier for our Stars at Yerkes SOFIA Ambassadors - way to go!

Read the official press release from the SOFIA site here.  Visit the SOFIA homepage here or the NASA SOFIA Mission Page here.

UPDATE! 
Stars at Yerkes SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Lynne Zielinski and Marcella Linahan, along with Yerkes very own Vivian Hoette will be flying this week!  If you want to follow their flights on Monday and Wednesday nights, use these links:

May 5    http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/proposals/cycle2/FlightPlansOC2D4.html
May 7    http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/proposals/cycle2/FlightPlansOC2D6.html

SOFIA flights also can be tracked via Flight Aware http://flightaware.com/ and tail number NASA747 http://flightaware.com/live/flight/NASA747

PLEASE NOTE: the schedule can change.  Good luck and clear skies!!!


Flight plan for Monday May 5:
http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/proposals/cycle2/FlightPlansOC2D4.html

Flight plan for Wednesday, May 7


http://www.sofia.usra.edu/Science/proposals/cycle2/FlightPlansOC2D6.html

Visit our Teacher Workshops Page for this year's line up for learning.
Click here for a printable copy of our 2013 - 2014 brochure.
Find us on Facebook or join our news feed or view our calendar for announcements of our 2013 - 2014 calendar events.

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Registration now open!

Astrobiology Workshop at UW Milwaukee with Stars at Yerkes Saturday, April 26, 2014!


PLEASE NOTE:  Our next Stars at Yerkes workshop will NOT be held at Yerkes Observatory. 
Instead, we will be visiting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for a great day of learning. 
There will be NO STAR PARTY this month.

Please come join us!!!



Are we alone in the universe?  Astrobiology attempts to answer this age-old question. What will extraterrestrial life be like?   What solar system objects might support life?

Join us as we explore the interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology. Enjoy a demonstration of crystal radios and a planetarium show by planetarium director and NASA Astronomy Airborne Ambassador Jean Creighton.

Workshop will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Details and directions will be sent with your registration confirmation.

Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Workshop will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.


Cost for the workshop is $35.00 and registration is suggested. Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.


Click here for workshop agenda and to register.


Join us as we share the wonders of the night sky!

Thanks to all who participated in asteroid hunting, lunar exploration, and other topics in astronomy during our 2012-2013 workshops2011-2012 workshops and our 2010-2011 workshops.
Our calendar of events and opportunities is now posted in the Stars at Yerkes calendar
and on our Teacher Workshops page. 

You can receive reminders via YOTeach or on Facebook.

 
Find us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/Stars at Yerkes


Click here for information about public evening Star Parties at Yerkes Observatory.
 
Yerkes Observatory also hosts Family Night Programs.
Click here for Family Night information, dates and registration.


Upcoming Events:  New events coming soon!

Please join us as we learn about the moon, stars, planets and more!

Recent News

  • S@Y SOFIA AAAs to Fly This Week! Stars at Yerkes SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Lynne Zielinski and Marcella Linahan, along with Yerkes very own Vivian Hoette will be flying this week!  If you want to follow their ...
    Posted May 4, 2014, 3:46 PM by mcorp@starsatyerkes.net
  • Registration now open! Astrobiology Workshop at UW Milwaukee with Stars at Yerkes Saturday, April 26, 2014! ​PLEASE NOTE:  Our next Stars at Yerkes workshop will NOT be held at Yerkes Observatory.  Instead, we will be visiting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for a great day of ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 3:40 PM by mcorp@starsatyerkes.net
  • Stars at Yerkes Teachers to Fly SOFIA! Congratulations to our Stars at Yerkes colleagues on their selection to the SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program!NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, will become a flying ...
    Posted Apr 18, 2014, 3:23 PM by mcorp@starsatyerkes.net
  • S@Y at SEEC 2014 Astronauts, Scientists, Engineers, Educators, and Space Exploration Industry experts are all a part of the Space Exploration Educators Conference which was held February 6-8, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  Among ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2014, 3:53 PM by mcorp@starsatyerkes.net
  • UPDATE: February 1 S@Y Workshop Postponed With regrets, and in the interest of safety for our participants, we are cancelling our Stars at Yerkes workshop for this Saturday, February 1. The current weather forecasts indicate the ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2014, 8:50 PM by mcorp@starsatyerkes.net
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In the Spotlight

Congratulations to
Lynne F. Zielinski!

Lynne has been selected by the National Space Club as the 2013 recipient of the National Space Educator Award!

          - photo by the National Space Society  www.nss.org

Stars at Yerkes very own Lynne Zielinski was presented with the National Space Society's National Space Educator Award on March 22, 2013
at the 56th annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Since 1982, the award has been given annually to secondary school teachers who mentor students in the field of space, science, and technology. Recipients are also given a $1,500 grant and a plaque for their respective school.

"Lynne Zielinski is the first two-time winner in the thirty year history of the National Space Club National Space Educator Award. After being selected in 1988 for exemplary work motivating students to do research by planning and flying experiments on the Space Shuttle, she did not rest on her laurels," said National Space Club Award Chairman Kerry Joels.

"She spent the next quarter century expanding her students' opportunities to participate in space science research, encouraged dozens to pursue science and engineering degrees, and expanded community awareness of space science. Her career is an impressive and exceptional model for a space educator," he added.

Click here to read the full article posted by the National Space Society.

Lynne has devoted many hours to coordinate our monthly public star parties, work on our family astronomy nights,
and has been workshop leader for several Stars at Yerkes teacher workshops. Lynne continues to mentor fellow S@Y teachers
and give presentations at conferences like SEEC and so much more.

Congratulations Lynne - We are proud of you!


Meet all our Stars at Yerkes teachers here.

Meet our scientists and mentors here.

Meet our Yerkes Young Stars students here.
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Our Mission

The mission of Stars at Yerkes is to serve and inspire students and teachers by providing events, opportunities, and professional development to further advance astronomical knowledge and connect science to the stars.

Through the sharing of teacher-created resources and access to Yerkes Observatory scientists and instruments, Stars at Yerkes strives to create connections to elevate STEM education in the classroom and beyond.

The Ring Nebula - m57- taken with Stone Edge telescope

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