The Triad Starfest, *Tri*Star*
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* 2016 was held on Saturday, 5 March, 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. Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, 4 March 2017.
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 astroimaging contest, and daytime and nighttime observing sessions (weather permitting). The afternoon session of TriStar 2016 has been designated the “Asteroid Afternoon” – with presentations by two noted astronomers who search for small bodies in our solar system.
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. The 2016 featured speaker was Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin-Simmons University. Dr. Miller directs the International Astronomical Search Collaboration. He came to GTCC through the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society.
Best of all, there is no registration fee – this event is always 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, on Twitter, or by dialing the GTCC switchboard at 336-334-4822.
TriStar 2016 Speakers
Pre-*Tri*Star* 2016 Public Lecture
Friday, 4 March 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Applied Technologies Building, GTCC
Dr. Patrick Miller, Hardin-Simmons University, visiting AAS Shapley Lecturer
Asteroid Threats to Earth: How You Can Make Discoveries!
In addition to the major planets, the Solar System contains debris. This debris consists of rock and ice boulders, ranging in size from inches to miles. On occasion, these boulders wander into near-Earth space…crossing our orbit and posing a very real risk to life and limb. Where did these boulders come from? Where are they found? How do they make their way to Earth? Can we find them before they threaten Earth? Can you help search for and discover these boulders? Yes, you can!
Patrick Miller is Professor of Mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX). In addition, he teaches astronomy at community colleges and universities, both undergraduate and graduate. He conducts astronomy research methods courses at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He founded and directs the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC). Through IASC, students make original discoveries of near-Earth objects, Main Belt asteroids, and trans-Neptunian objects using data provided by Pan-STARRS (University of Hawaii), Catalina Sky Survey (University of Arizona), and the Dark Energy Survey (University of Michigan).
*Tri*Star* 2016 Saturday Speakers – Full Schedule & Speaker Bios Available Here.
Saturday, 5 March 2016
Also in the Applied Tech Auditorium
9:30 a.m. Peter Prendergast, MD
Robotic Observing: Challenging Established Dogma
11:00 a.m. Brad Barlow, High Point University
The Influence of Planets and Brown Dwarfs on Late Stellar Evolution
2:00 p.m. Patrick Miller, Hardin-Simmons University
Debris Fields in the Solar System
3:30 p.m. Michael Solontoi, Lynchburg College
Killer Death Rocks from Outer Space