Sears Applied
Technologies Center

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, NC

Saturday 1 March 2014

Pre-TriStar Shapley Lecture
by Western Kentucky Univ. Astronomer Gordon Emslie
Friday, 28 February, 7:00 p.m.

The Triad Starfest, *Tri*Star* for short, is a gathering of astronomers of all types, from novice to professional, for a full day of presentations, displays, and observing. The event allows astronomy enthusiasts to share ideas, learn about a range of astronomical topics, get together with old friends, and make new ones. The event will draw astronomers from North Carolina and surrounding states.

*Tri*Star* 2014 will take place on Saturday, 1 March 2014, beginning at  8:30 a.m. in the Percy H. Sears Applied Technologies Center on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC.

In addition to a series of speakers scheduled throughout the day, there will be a wide range of astronomical displays, assorted astronomy-related vendors, prize drawings, "how-to" help for astronomy beginners, an astrophotography exhibition, and daytime and nighttime observing sessions (weather permitting).

In addition to Saturday's agenda, *Tri*Star* usually features a special Friday evening presentation held in the Auditorium of the Sears Building (the same location as Saturday's activities), at 7:00 p.m., with Cline Observatory open for observing after the talk, weather permitting. This year's Friday presentation is by visiting AAS Shapley Lecturer Gordon Emslie, of Western Kentucky University.  His Slapley Lecture is titled Spinning Pliers, the Chaotic Obliquity of Mars, and the Existence of Extraterrestrial Life.

Best of all, there is no registration fee - this event is free and open to anyone with an interest in astronomy!

Note: In case inclement weather causes the Jamestown Campus of GTCC to be closed on the date of *Tri*Star*, please monitor campus status before coming to GTCC. Information is available at the GTCC web page or by dialing the GTCC switchboard at 336-334-4822.

TriStar 2014 Speakers

Pre-*Tri*Star*Shapley Lecture

Friday, 28 Feb, 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Applied Technologies Building, GTCC

Dr. Gordon Emslie, Western Kentucky University, visiting AAS Shapley Lecturer

Spinning Pliers, the Chaotic Obliquity of Mars, and the Existence of Extraterrestrial Life

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*Tri*Star* Saturday Speakers Also in the Applied Tech Auditorium, Saturday, 1 March.

9:30 a.m. - Dr. Donald Smith, Guilford College
Designing a Neural Network to Process APDA Spectra

11:00 a.m. - Dr. Gordon Emslie, Western Kentucky University
Acceleration of High Energy Particles in Solar Flares

2:00  p.m. - Dr. Kristen Thompson, Davidson College
The Role of Magnetic Fields in the Star Formation Process

3:30 p.m. - Dr. Grant Thompson, Georgia Regents University
Active Galactic Nuclei and the Nature of Their Tori





Contact Information

Tom English
Cline Observatory
336-334-4822, ext 50023

Stan Rosenberg
GAC President


Last update 02/25/2014