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* is free and open to anyone with an interest in astronomy.
*Tri*Star* 2018 will be held Saturday, 3 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 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 2018 featured speaker will be Donovan Domingue of Georgia College, who comes to us through the Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Program of the American Astronomical Society . Dr. Domingue’s research interests are galaxy collisions/mergers & evolution, and infrared astronomy.
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 2018 Speakers
Pre-*Tri*Star* AAS Shapley Lecture
Friday, 2 March 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Applied Technologies Building, GTCC
Donovan Domingue, Georgia College and State University, “Pre-Merger Galaxy Pairs as Star Formation Benchmarks in the Local Universe”
*Tri*Star* 2018 Saturday Speakers (Tentative Schedule)
Saturday, 3 March 2018
Also in the Applied Tech Auditorium
9:30 a.m. Jeff Regester, High Point University
Recent and Upcoming Observations of Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69
11:00 a.m. Donovan Domingue, Georgia College and State University, AAS Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecturer
The Universe on a Longer Wavelength: Lessons from the Infrared
2:00 p.m. Stephen van Vuuren
In Saturn’s Rings
3:30 p.m. Barbara Becker, U. Cal-Irvine, retired
“I am almost certain…”: William Huggins and the First Attempts to Measure Stellar Motion in the Line of Sight