Michigan’s Largest FREE Astronomy Event!

Event is over, but you can watch recordings of almost everything!

  • AATB 2020 featured numerous live presentations about astronomy and space science by local astronomers and several special guests!
  • Several remote telescope viewing sessions showed live views of the Moon, planets and deep-sky objects through telescopes located across the U.S.!
  • We also had a large selection of recorded presentations by local astronomers, and videos we hope will get you interested in astronomy, and keep you interested for a lifetime!

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Special Guests


Brother Guy Consolmagno

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is Director of the the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona; he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989.

Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), and most recently Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial? (with Father Paul Mueller, SJ).

[Read more about Br. Guy]


Dan DavisDan Davis is a professor of geophysics at Stony Brook University. His primary area of research specialization is the tectonics of regions where plates converge, causing great earthquakes and the construction of mountain belts. Other areas of research include the application of geophysics to nuclear arms control and to the study of glacial and post-glacial geology.

Dan is a lifelong stargazer, and although during the daytime his attention is focused downward towards the Earth, that changes after dark.


David H Levy

David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 22 comets, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That episode produced the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, which is based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.

[Read more about David Levy]


Dolores Hill

Dolores Hill, a former resident of Michigan, is a meteorite specialist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab, is now also a public outreach specialist with NASA’s OSIRIS Rex mission to asteroid Bennu operated by LPL. The goal of OSIRIS-REx is to collect a sample of Bennu in mid-2020, and return it to Earth in late 2023. Bennu turned out to be rockier than anticipated, but mission planners have now identified four sites on its surface that are smooth enough for OSIRIS-REx to collect a sample. Dolores will fill us in on the latest news about the sites chosen to be sampled, and what we’ve learned so far about this fascinating little neighbor of ours in space.

[Read more about Dolores Hill]



Brother Guy Consolmagno

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is Director of the the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he earned undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT, and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona; he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the US Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989.

Along with more than 200 scientific publications, he is the author of a number of popular books including Turn Left at Orion (with Dan Davis), and most recently Would You Baptize an Extraterrestial? (with Father Paul Mueller, SJ).

[Read more about Br. Guy]


Dan DavisDan Davis is a professor of geophysics at Stony Brook University. His primary area of research specialization is the tectonics of regions where plates converge, causing great earthquakes and the construction of mountain belts. Other areas of research include the application of geophysics to nuclear arms control and to the study of glacial and post-glacial geology.

Dan is a lifelong stargazer, and although during the daytime his attention is focused downward towards the Earth, that changes after dark.


David H Levy

David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 22 comets, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That episode produced the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, which is based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.

[Read more about David Levy]


Dolores Hill

Dolores Hill, a former resident of Michigan, is a meteorite specialist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Lab, is now also a public outreach specialist with NASA’s OSIRIS Rex mission to asteroid Bennu operated by LPL. The goal of OSIRIS-REx is to collect a sample of Bennu in mid-2020, and return it to Earth in late 2023. Bennu turned out to be rockier than anticipated, but mission planners have now identified four sites on its surface that are smooth enough for OSIRIS-REx to collect a sample. Dolores will fill us in on the latest news about the sites chosen to be sampled, and what we’ve learned so far about this fascinating little neighbor of ours in space.

[Read more about Dolores Hill]

 

Online Education 2020-2021:

Many of our lecturers and remote telescope operators will do online sessions for your in-school or at-home group – for free! Subjects can range from astronomy and space science, to astrophotography, history, the space program and more!

If you are interested in having an online astronomy or space science presentation for your group – contact us!

Mini-Schedule:

Friday, September 25th

Note: Times are PM in Eastern Time (ET)

Live
Presentations

6:00 Poetry of the Night Special Guest David Levy

7:00 Binocular Astronomy – Diane Hall

7:30 Intro to Neutrino Physics – Gerry Chevrier

8:00 Radio Astronomy – Tom Hagen

8:30  Size & Distance in the Universe  – Ken Bertin

9:30  Mars: Past, Present & Future – Dale Partin

Live Telescope
Viewing

(Weather Permitting)

3:00-5:30 H-alpha Solar – Awni Hafedh

3:00-5:30 White-light Solar – Paul Goelz

8:00-Midnight Live from Ypsilanti – Jeff Kopmanis

8:30 View the Moon – Samer Hariri

9:00 Star-hopping with Stellarium – Adrian Bradley

9:00-Midnight Live from Pinckney – Don Swetzig

9:30-Midnight Live from Hartland – Doug Bock

10:00-11:00 Live from Woodhaven – Gordon Hansen

10:00-Midnight Live from New Mexico – Brian Ottum

On-Demand Presentations

PoSSUM Space Academy – Rebecca Blum

Space Camp – Rebecca Blum

Space Camp Experience & Student Space Clubs on Astronomy for Everyone – Rebecca Blum

Is Pluto a Planet? – CGP Grey

Saturday, September 26th

Note: Times are PM in Eastern Time (ET)

Live
Presentations

5:00 Teacher Forum – Teaching Astronomy to Children – Connie Martin-Trembley & Paulette Epstein.

5:00 Light Pollution – Norb Vance

6:00 Turning Left at OrionSpecial Guests Brother Guy Consolmagno & Dan Davis

7:00 OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission is GO for TAG: Final Update Before Sample Collection! Special Guest Dolores Hill

8:00 Night Sky Myth Busters – John Pannuto

8:30 Spectroscopy – Tim Campbell

9:30 NASA Rocket Launch Photography – John McGill

Kid
Friendly

5:00 Planetarium – Tim Campbell

7:00 Virtual Planetarium – MiSci Center

8:00 Live Q&A: Ask the Astronomers!

Live Telescope
Viewing

(Weather Permitting)

3:00-5:30 H-alpha Solar – Awni Hafedh

3:00-5:30 White-light Solar – Jeff Kopmanis

4:00-5:30 White-light Solar – Paul Goelz

8:30-9:00 View the Moon – Samer Hariri

8:30-Midnight Live from Ypsilanti – Jeff Kopmanis

9:00 Star-hopping with Stellarium – Adrian Bradley

9:30-Midnight Live from Hartland – Doug Bock

10:00-11:00 Live from Woodhaven – Gordon Hansen

10:00-Midnight Live from New Mexico – Brian Ottum

24×7 All-Sky Camera Live from Wixom – Liam Finn

On-Demand Presentations

Scale of the Universe – Science Insider

Life Cycle of Stars – Institute of Physics

Σverything Λstronomy – YouTube Channel

Friday, September 25th Schedule:

  • Poetry of the Night: How the Night Sky Enriches Literature Through the Ages – David Levy

    September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    David H. Levy discusses areas of (mostly) English Literature where the writer’s appreciation of the night sky, or events in the night sky, adds to its beauty. Dr. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He … Continue reading →

  • Amazing Astronomy and Fantastic Physics – Michigan Science Center

    September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    The Universe is full of past, current and future scientific discovery! Join the Michigan Science Center for a live presentation where we’ll explore the known and unknown world of physics in space using exciting demonstrations to simulate concepts that are … Continue reading →

  • Binocular Astronomy

    September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Using binoculars for astronomy is becoming increasingly popular as users realize the benefits over a bulky telescope. Binoculars have a wider field of view, allowing you to more easily scan the sky for targets. Diane Hall is the 2020 president … Continue reading →

  • Live Sky & Astronomy Trivia – Flint Longway Planetarium – Jeff Stark

    September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Jeff Stark of Flint’s Longway Planetarium talks about astronomy trivia. Some of Longway’s YouTube Videos: Cover Image: Flint’s Longway Planetarium.

  • Tour of the Solar System with SpaceEngine – Bob Trembley

    September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    SpaceEngine is an amazing 3D simulator app for Windows that allows you to fly practically anywhere in the universe! You can fly through Saturn’s rings, land on the Moon – at the Apollo landing sites, or completely break the laws … Continue reading →

  • The Impact Theory of Dinosaur Extinction – Jesse Mason

    September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, also known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary (K–T) extinction, was a sudden mass extinction of three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth, approximately 66 million years ago. The Alvarez hypothesis posits that the mass e...

  • Intro to Neutrino Physics – Gerry Chevrier

    September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Neutrinos are subatomic particles created by the fusion processes in the cores of all stars, human-made particle accelerators, and other natural processes. Nearly massless, these bizarre particles rarely interact with other matter; neutrinos are theoretically able to pass through a … Continue...

  • Radio Telescopes

    Radio Astronomy – Tom Hagen

    September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Radio telescopes are use by astronomers around the world to observe the naturally occurring radio waves that come from celestial objects. Visible-light astronomy doesn’t tell the whole story about objects in space – to get a better understanding of them … Continue reading →

  • Orange Can Astronomy – Night Out – Live from Ypsilanti with Jeff Kopmanis

    September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    View the night sky live from Yipsi with Jeff Kopmanis and his “Orange Can!” Jeff Kopmanis has been an amateur astronomer since 1998, and is is a member of the University Lowbrows. Jeff will live-streaming his nighttime observing session – he says … Continue reading →

  • Size and Distance in the Universe – Ken Bertin

    September 25 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    The sizes of objects in the cosmos, and distances between them are important concepts when it comes to astronomy – and can often be difficult to wrap one’s head around. Ken Bertin discusses “Size and Distance” in the universe; Ken … Continue reading →

  • Scale Model of the Solar System – Mike Bruno

    September 25 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Mike Bruno of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club shows off his scale model of the solar system. Related Video: “Riding Light” – travelling from the Sun in real-time at the speed of light.

  • Remote Viewing Live – The Moon with Samer Hariri

    September 25 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Samer Hariri will be live streaming views of the Moon. A good resource for observers, teachers and students is NASA’s Moon Phase and Libration, 2020 Page

  • Building and Launching Rockets with Kerbal Space Program – Bob Trembley

    September 25 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a space flight simulation video game that allows you to build rockets, space planes, satellites, landers and rovers. The developers of KSP have partnered with both NASA and the ESA to bring real-life missions and … Continue reading →

  • Star-Hopping with Stellarium – Adrian Bradley

    September 25 @ 9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Stellarium is a free open-source planetarium app that many astronomers use frequently. Stellarium allows you to see the sky from any point on Earth and any time of day. You can use it to see what will be in the … Continue reading →

  • Remote Viewing Live from Pinckney with Don Swetzig

    September 25 @ 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    Don Swetzig is a member of the University Lowbrows; Don will be live-streaming from Pinckney, Michigan.

  • Mars – Past, Present and Future – Dr. Dale Partin

    September 25 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Deep in the past, Mars was a warm, wet world, similar to the Earth today. It may have had primitive life. But as Earth was becoming a nice place for life, Mars was becoming a cold desert, with almost no … Continue reading →

  • Remote Viewing Live from Hartland with Doug Bock

    September 25 @ 9:30 pm - 11:59 pm

    Doug Bock has been an amateur astronomer since 1965, and is a prolific astrophotographer. Doug is a member of the University Lowbrows, the Warren Astronomical Society, the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club, the Seven Ponds Astronomy Club and the GM Astronomy … Continue reading →

  • Remote Viewing Live from New Mexico with Brian Ottum

    September 25 @ 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University Lowbrows. Brian will show you deep-sky objects via his remotely controlled telescope located at Dark Sky New Mexico. If we’re lucky, Brian will be able to track an Earth-orbiting satellite! Brian … Continue reading →

  • Saturday, September 26th Schedule:

  • Sun

    Orange Can Astronomy – Solar Edition – Live from Ypsilanti with Jeff Kopmanis

    September 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    See live images of the Sun through Jeff Kopmanis’ “Orange Can!” Note: Solar observing requires clear skies – if the skies are cloudy, you may wish to watch from our selection of videos about the Sun. Jeff Kopmanis has been an … Continue reading →

  • Light Pollution – Norb Vance

    September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Norb Vance discusses the problems with Light Pollution, and proper lighting techniques to maintain nighttime security and mitigate skyglow. Explore light pollution across the globe with NASA’s Black Marble website: More about Light Pollution: International Dark Sky Association: https://www.dar...

  • Teacher Forum – Teaching Astronomy to Children

    September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    A panel of teachers and educational professionals discussing tools and techniques they have used to teach astronomy to children – both in the classroom and at outreach events. Participants: Constance L. Martin-Trembley (Endeavour School), Paulette Epstein (Michigan Science Center),  Dr. &hell...

  • Planetarium – Tim Campbell

    September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Take a tour of the planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, then take a spin around the galaxy to view our Sun look back from several hundred light years away. We’ll check out the night sky and talk about the constellations … Continue reading →

  • Brother Guy Consolmagno & Dan Davis – Turning Left at Orion

    September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Turn Left at Orion is a superb guidebook to the night sky; first published in 1990 and now in its 5th edition, the book has been described as ‘the home astronomer’s “bible.” Turn Left at Orion provides all the information … Continue reading →

  • Amazing Astronomy and Fantastic Physics – Michigan Science Center

    September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    The Universe is full of past, current and future scientific discovery! Join the Michigan Science Center for a live presentation where we’ll explore the known and unknown world of physics in space using exciting demonstrations to simulate concepts that are … Continue reading →

  • Scale Model of the Solar System – Mike Bruno

    September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Mike Bruno of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club shows off his scale model of the solar system. Related Video: “Riding Light” – travelling from the Sun in real-time at the speed of light.

  • Dolores Hill – OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Mission is GO for TAG: Final Update Before Sample Collection!

    September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft mission has passed many milestones on its way to near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. The team has overcome unforeseen obstacles including boulders in its path and pandemics. Important discoveries have been made all along. We learned how to … Continue reading...

  • Virtual Planetarium – Michigan Science Center

    September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Join the Michigan Science Center as we explore the night time sky with our virtual planetarium. Learn with us about what we can see and take a close up look at some of our nearest neighbors. Paulette Epstein is a … Continue reading →

  • Night Sky Myth Busters: The Lunar Edition! – John Pannuto

    September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Learn a little about the moon tonight with John Pannuto as he “de-myth-tefies”  some common myths about the Moon. John Pannuto joined the Oakland Astronomy Club three short years ago. He learned quickly that the view through a telescope is … Continue reading →

  • Ask the Astronomers! (Panel-Discussion)

    September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A moderated panel with several astronomers will take questions from the viewing audience. Panelists: David Levy is the author or editor of 35 books and other products. He won an Emmy in 1998 as part of the writing team for the … Continue reading →

  • Spectroscopy: How it’s (really) made, and what’s hiding in the light! – Tim Campbell

    September 26 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Where do the elements come from? How do stars form? How do astronomers know what stars are made of? The answers to all these questions and more will be the topic for this presentation where we discuss spectroscopy — the … Continue reading →

  • Orange Can Astronomy – Night Out – Live from Ypsilanti with Jeff Kopmanis

    September 26 @ 8:30 pm - 11:59 pm

    View the night sky live from Yipsi with Jeff Kopmanis and his “Orange Can!” Jeff Kopmanis has been an amateur astronomer since 1998, and is is a member of the University Lowbrows. Jeff will live-streaming his nighttime observing session again this evening … Continue reading &rar...

  • Tour of the Solar System with SpaceEngine – Bob Trembley

    September 26 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    SpaceEngine is an amazing 3D simulator app for Windows that allows you to fly practically anywhere in the universe! You can fly through Saturn’s rings, land on the Moon – at the Apollo landing sites, or completely break the laws … Continue reading →

  • Remote Viewing Live from Hartland with Doug Bock

    September 26 @ 9:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    Doug Bock has been an amateur astronomer since 1965, and is a prolific astrophotographer. Doug is a member of the University Lowbrows, the Warren Astronomical Society, the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club, the Seven Ponds Astronomy Club and the GM Astronomy … Continue reading →

  • NASA Rocket Launch Photography – John McGill

    September 26 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Go behind the scenes to see what it’s like to photograph a rocket launch up close, sometimes at a distance of less than a football field from the rocket! John will give you tips and advice on viewing locations so … Continue reading →

  • Remote Viewing Live from New Mexico with Brian Ottum

    September 26 @ 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University Lowbrows. Brian will show you deep-sky objects via his remotely controlled telescope located at Dark Sky New Mexico. If we’re lucky, Brian will be able to track an Earth-orbiting satellite! Brian … Continue reading →

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