SP20 The Lure and Lore of the Night Sky

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Wednesday April 22

6:00 PM  –  8:00 PM

The Lure and Lore of the Night Sky

Instructor: Stephan Martin

Wednesdays, April 22 and April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.

$58 Member | $68 Non-member

Limit: 24 students

BRN Elective - 2 Hours


This course explores the connection between the night sky and contemporary science writing as we explore evocative and skillful essays about the astronomical phenomena visible in our night skies and unpack some of the science explored in these writings. Weather permitting, we’ll step outside to view some of these celestial writing topics for ourselves. No science background required.

Recommended readings: The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage by Chet Raymo, Death by Black Hole by Neil de Grasse Tyson

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. He was formerly the supervisor of the Williams College observatory, where he participated in research expeditions around the world to study and observe solar eclipses.


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