The Night Shift
with Melissa Carl
Week 1: (6/12 – 6/16)
“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day, but when I follow the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth; I ascend to Zeus himself to feast me on ambrosia, the food of the gods.” -Ptolemy
There isn’t a one of us who hasn’t looked up at the stars in wonder. I first became fascinated with all things astronomical as a child while camping out in my backyard and lying on my back staring up into space. The feeling of falling upwards as you grasp the utter vastness and enormity of space, while realizing that you are, quite literally, looking back through time is humbling. Whether you are a seasoned amateur astronomer or someone who has never peered through a telescope, this week will either re-kindle your passion for wanting to know more about our Universe or cause you to experience an awakening to the wonders that surround us in the Cosmos. Enjoy some of the world’s best stargazing from the pre-historic Chaco ruins and other notable dark sky sites such as Meteor Crater and the Very Large Array. Learn about the broad spectrum of astronomical discoveries and current initiatives in this region of the Southwest from radio astronomy at the VLA in Socorro, NM, to solar observing at the National Solar Observatory at Apache Ridge, NM. Introductory astronomical sketching and astrophotography will be integrated throughout the week to help you capture and remember some of the wonders you will experience.