AE21 Lure & Lore of the Night Sky

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Tuesday November 2

10:00 AM  –  11:30 AM

The Lure and Lore of the Night Sky: The Science Behind Contemporary Astronomy Writing

Three Sessions: ONLINE* Tuesday & Thursday, November 2 - 4, 10 - 11:30 a.m.; ONSITE* optional Autumn Skywatch, November 4, 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: Stephan Martin

$65 Non-member** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)


BRN Elective | NC EE Criteria II & III***



No science background is necessary for this fascinating look at contemporary science writing focused on the night sky. Astronomer Stephan Martin leads this exploration of evocative and skillful essays about the astronomical phenomena visible in our night skies and will help participants unpack some of the science they encounter in the writings. Wrap up the class with an optional Autumn Skywatch onsite after hours at the Arboretum. Weather and conditions permitting, we'll have a possible sighting of the Taurid Fireball Meteor Shower.


Stephan Martin is an astronomer and educator who has taught astronomy at colleges and universities across the U.S. for more than 25 years. He has lectured on light pollution and its effects on the environment and has offered stargazing and introductory astronomy workshops domestically and internationally.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in a reminder email sent to registrants by the day prior to the event. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts. *Registrants will be sent a reminder email the day prior to the optional onsite sky watch class with the meeting location, current safety guidelines and additional details.



***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



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