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CHILDREN’S SPACE SERIES AT THE FARGO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Ambassador Scarlet Gray Bernard will be hosting two events for kids at the Fargo Public Library (Main branch) this August. Kids of all ages are invited to these free events. Both begin at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required.

Infrared Astronomy – August 6
With our eyes we see visible light, but there is another type of light we can’t see with our eyes: infrared light. You don’t see it, but you experience it every day as heat. With an infrared camera, we can see the invisible. Join us for some fun with an infrared camera and learn how astronomers use infrared to learn about the universe.

Infrared cameras were used to demonstrate the nature of infrared light. Here we see that it can capture the thermal energy transferred to the table after the subject had left the table. Cameras were on loan and demonstrated by North Dakota State University's Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Infrared cameras were used to demonstrate the nature of infrared light. Here we see that it can capture the thermal energy transferred to the table after the subject had left the table. Cameras were on loan and demonstrated by North Dakota State University’s Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Pluto and the Several Dwarfs – August 13
Once considered our 9th planet, Pluto, along with several other solar system objects, is now called a dwarf planet. Come learn more about the solar system’s planets, with special focus on the dwarf planets.

Past

August 28, 2013 – 12:30-1:00 P.M. – Leo’s Good Food, Redfield, South Dakota – Jupiter and Its Moons at the Redfield Kiwanis Club  

Katrina got a second use out of her Jupiter and Its Moons presentation at a Kiwanis Club meeting in Redfield, South Dakota.  She told the seven Kiwanis Club members about the significance of the Galilean satellites throughout history, what is currently known about the moons, and the upcoming Juno mission.

Jupiter title slide

April 21, 2013 – 1:00-4:00 P.M. – 1110 7th Ave S, Grand Forks – Super Science Day

Annie, Katrina, and NASA ND Space Grant Coordinator Caitlin Nolby returned to the masses of Grand Forks children at the annual Super Science Day, a free event hosted by the Dakota Science Center.  They had a booth set up with pencil rockets, planet sorting, and lots of cool space-related hand-outs.  Approximately 100 kids and community members stopped by their table.

Annie, Caitlin, and Katrina at their booth for Super Science Day

Annie, Caitlin, and Katrina at their booth for Super Science Day

April 6, 2013 – 2:30-3:30 P.M. – UND Clifford Hall Room 210, Grand Forks – Outer Space in the Great Plains, Resources for Aliens

Annie and Katrina presented the third talk in their Outer Space in the Great Plains Series – Resources for Aliens. This was an interactive presentation on where aliens might find useful resources in our solar system. Annie and Katrina welcomed their audience of alien entrepreneurs and gave them an overview of “Solar System 6742.” Then they addressed the audience’s requested resources, providing background information on their uses and where they could be found in the Earthlings’ solar system.

Annie and Katrina address their audience of alien entrepreneurs.

Annie and Katrina address their audience of alien entrepreneurs.

Katrina shows how common water is in the universe.

Katrina shows how common water is in the universe.

Annie talks about the uses of gold.  Is this a reason the aliens would want to travel to Solar System 6742?

Annie talks about the uses of gold. Is this a reason the aliens would want to travel to Solar System 6742?

The Resources For Aliens title slide

The Resources For Aliens title slide

March 21, 2013 – 3:45-8:15 P.M. – Alerus Center, Grand Forks – ArtTrek Booth

The annual ArtWalk for showing off elementary school kids’ artwork was space-themed this year.  Annie and Katrina had a Solar System Ambassadors booth with space activities and handouts for the kids and families.  Lending a third hand was the North Dakota Space Grant education coordinator, Caitlin Nolby.  Over 200 kids and parents stopped by their table.

Annie, Caitlin, and Katrina interact with ArtTrek participants.

Annie, Caitlin, and Katrina interact with ArtTrek participants.

Annie, Caitlin, and Katrina interact with ArtTrek participants.

Annie, Caitlin, and Katrina interact with ArtTrek participants.

The sign for the SSA booth at ArtTrek.

The sign for the SSA booth at ArtTrek.

Caitlin engages kids in a round of "Cosmic Survey" at ArtTrek.

Caitlin engages kids in a round of “Cosmic Survey” at ArtTrek.

March 9, 2013 – 2:30-3:30 P.M. – UND Clifford Hall Room 210, Grand Forks – Outer Space in the Great Plains, Jupiter and Its Moons

Annie and Katrina presented the second talk in their Outer Space in the Great Plains Series – Jupiter and Its Moons.  Katrina started off by showing the discovery of the Galilean satellites and their importance throughout history, and then provided information on what we currently know about these four moons and the Jovian system.  Annie then provided an intriguing account of the Juno mission, which currently has a spacecraft en route to Jupiter.

Annie discusses the Juno mission

Annie discusses the Juno mission

Katrina talks about the discovery of Jupiter's moons

Katrina talks about the discovery of Jupiter’s moons

Jupiter talk title slide

Jupiter talk title slide

OSitGP Flyer

OSitGP Flyer

February 9, 2013 – 2:30-3:30 P.M. – UND Clifford Hall Room 210, Grand Forks – Outer Space in the Great Plains, Kepler and Exoplanets

Annie and Katrina presented the first talk in their Outer Space in the Great Plains series – Kepler and Exoplanets.  Katrina provided an overview of exoplanet detection methods, known exoplanets, and the future of exoplanet research, and Annie told everyone about the currently operating Kepler mission.

Extrasolar Planets lecture title slide

Extrasolar Planets lecture title slide

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