The Triad Starfest, *Tri*Star*
The Triad Starfest, *Tri*Star* for short, is a conference 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* is free and open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.
*Tri*Star* 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, 4 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.
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). In anticipation of the total solar eclipse of 2017 August 21, this year’s edition of TriStar will focus on the upcoming eclipse and the history of eclipses.
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. Our 2017 featured speaker is David Baron, author of the forthcoming book, AMERICAN ECLIPSE: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.
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 2017 Speakers
Pre-*Tri*Star* 2017 Public Lecture
Friday, 3 March 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Applied Technologies Building, GTCC
Nature’s Grandest Spectacle: How, Where, and Why to View the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
On August 21, the United States will enjoy a rare celestial treat, a total eclipse of the sun—the first in 99 years to cross the country from coast to coast. The “path of totality” will miss central North Carolina, but it will pass nearby to the west and south. David Baron will show why you will want to place yourself in that path on that day, because it is only then and there—in the fleeting shadow of the moon—that the sun and solar system will reveal themselves in a dazzling, not-to-be-missed spectacle.
David Baron is a journalist, author, and broadcaster who has spent his thirty-year career largely in public radio. He has worked as an environment correspondent for NPR, a science reporter for Boston’s WBUR, and health and science editor for PRI’s The World.
In the course of his reporting, David has visited every continent and earned some of the top honors in journalism. These include the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, the Alfred I. duPont Award from Columbia University, the National Academies Communications Award, and, on three occasions, the annual journalism prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His written work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Outside, Lonely Planet, and Reader’s Digest. His 2003 book, The Beast in the Garden, received the Colorado Book Award.
An avid umbraphile who has witnessed five total solar eclipses, David has crossed the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia to catch the shadow of the moon. On August 21, 2017, David will be in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the country from coast to coast in 99 years.
David lives in Boulder, Colorado.
*Tri*Star* 2017 Saturday Speakers – Full Schedule & Speaker Bios Available Soon.
Saturday, 4 March 2017
Also in the Applied Tech Auditorium
9:30 a.m. Enrique Gómez, Western Carolina University
The Great American Eclipse of 2017 over North Carolina
11:00 a.m. David Baron, Author of American Eclipse
Edison and the Eclipse That Enlightened America
2:00 p.m. Barbara Becker, University of California-Irvine
Photographing the Corona without an Eclipse: the Forgotten Efforts of William Huggins
3:30 p.m. Gayle Riggsbee, Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club
When an Eclipse Trip Cost was only a Dollar