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Connecticut Star Party 2016

The 26th annual Connecticut Star Party was held at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen CT on the weekend of September 30-October 2. The weather did not cooperate, with overcast skies, cool temperatures, rain, and drizzle throughout the weekend.  This prevented any astronomical observing, but it did not dampen the spirits of those who attended.  There were three excellent presentations by Gaianne Jenkins, Robert Zinn, and Stella Kafka, along with several informal talks by ASNH members and other attendees.  There was plenty of good conversation among old friends and new acquaintances, and a lot of delicious food. Andy Poniros hosted a live broadcast of his radio show Cosmic Perspectives, which included interviews with many of the ASNH officers and CSP speakers.  And of course, many exciting prizes were awarded during the ever popular children’s raffle and adult raffle.

President’s Note:

I’d like to thank everyone who helped support the 26th Connecticut Star Party, attendees, donors, speakers, the ASNH Board of Director and the CSP Planning Committee. Mike Zarick and Donna Pursley did another outstanding job designing our T-shirts and sweatshirts. We had our usual group of hard working volunteers, Leo Taylor, Laurie Averill, Jim Mazur, Al Washburn, Ray Kaville, Matt Baker, Steve and Wendo Steinhardt, Mike Zarick and Donna Pursley. They worked very hard with months of planning, and long hours of event setup, support and cleanup. Thanks also to Andy Poniros for hosting his Cosmic Perspective radio show again. In spite of the terrible weather, it was actually one of our most successful CSP’s to date. We had a large number of attendees who spent a rainy day listening to speakers, enjoying catered meals, and generously supporting our raffle. Again thank you everyone for your support and we look forward to CSP27.

Best regards and clear skies

Greg Barker
ASNH President

The live WPKN radio program. Speaking here, from left to right are Cheryl Barker, Greg Barker, Bob Carruthers, and host Andy Poniros.

The live WPKN radio program. Speaking here, from left to right are Cheryl Barker, Greg Barker, Bob Carruthers, and host Andy Poniros.

Gaianne Jenkins described her work on the Metonic lunar calendar, and she gave working lunar calendars to all those present.

Gaianne Jenkins described her work on the Metonic lunar calendar, and she gave working lunar calendars to all those present.

Dr. Robert Zinn gave an overview of his extensive research on globular clusters and galactic evolution.

Dr. Robert Zinn gave an overview of his extensive research on globular clusters, and described how they have provided many important clues about galactic evolution.

Dr. Stella Kafka of the American Association of Variable Star Observers described many findings about variable stars, and she encouraged attendees to get involved in variable star observing.

Dr. Stella Kafka of the American Association of Variable Star Observers described many findings about variable stars, and she encouraged attendees to get involved in variable star observing.

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