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S@Y SOFIA AAAs to Fly This Week!

posted May 4, 2014, 3:45 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:08 PM ]

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
May 7

SOFIA flights also can be tracked via Flight Aware and tail number NASA747

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

Flight plan for Monday May 5:

Flight plan for Wednesday, May 7

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

posted Apr 18, 2014, 3:35 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:09 PM ]

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.

Stars at Yerkes Teachers to Fly SOFIA!

posted Apr 18, 2014, 3:22 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:12 PM ]

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.

S@Y at SEEC 2014

posted Feb 1, 2014, 10:58 AM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:09 PM ]

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 the presenters were two of our Stars at Yerkes Outreach Educators, Lynne Zielinski and Margie Corp.  Also in attendance was S@Y Outreach Educator Maureen Jamrock.

Presentation materials can be found linked below.  Thanks to all who came to our session, and to Angela Case and the terrific folks at Space Center Houston!

We even got to meet some royalty at the SEEC Banquet!
At right, Lynne explains the Leslie's Cube to session participants.

UPDATE: February 1 S@Y Workshop Postponed

posted Jan 30, 2014, 8:50 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:10 PM ]

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 weather will be too hazardous for us to meet. Tentative plans are for rescheduling this event for next month, Saturday March 8. Thanks to everyone for your flexibility and understanding. We will post finalized details when they become available. Stay safe in this crazy wintry weather, from your friends at Stars at Yerkes!

February 2014: The Day We Found the Universe Book Talk - Register Now!

posted Jan 6, 2014, 1:35 PM by   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 5:08 PM ]

2014 February:  Stars at Yerkes Book Talk - The Day We Found the Universe and the Dark Energy Survey

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Teacher Workshop

Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Join the discussion of Marcia Bartusiak's spellbinding tale of discovery and thrill to hands-on activities with Leavitt's Cepheids and Hubble's variable Andromeda V1 that forever changed our perception of our universe.  Be among the first to know of humankind's next great leap forward as Professor Rich Kron reports to us some first results from the Dark Energy Survey!

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

Click here for event agenda and registration. 

(Image courtesy of Dark Energy Survey Collaboration.)

Mission to Mars Teacher Workshop, Nov 2013

posted Oct 25, 2013, 7:08 PM by   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 10:52 PM ]

Mission to Mars Teacher Workshop

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Teacher Workshop

Workshop will be held at Yerkes Observatory from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

In the twentieth century, the challenge was to get to the moon and back. The challenge in the new millennium is to get to Mars and back!

Would you like to join a team of fellow educators to develop a plan for NASA? Join us on November 2, 2013, as teams replicate the engineering design process used by NASA to develop space missions. Utilize your budget, decide the science questions to be answered, and then build the spacecraft for the mission. Lastly, present your team mission plan to Yerkes scientists for funding decisions. This REALLY IS Rocket Science! We hope you will join us!

Register below for this workshop now! Registration includes CPDUs and lunch.

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

Click here for event agenda and registration. 

Rich Kron Discusses "Why Astronomy Matters"

posted Jul 22, 2013, 12:58 PM by   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 10:51 PM ]

In the Summer 2013 supplement edition of "The Core" The College Magazine from the University of Chicago, Rich Kron discusses the question of why astronomy matters and other topics

Rich has contributed many hours of instruction and mentoring to the teachers of Stars at Yerkes.  Congratulations Rich on this feature article!

Click here to view the full article. 

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