He's never given us a picture of himself.
Dr. W.P. "Phil" Fleming, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)
This is our best guess.
Dr. Phil Fleming is an Albuquerque physician who presently leads the Albuquerque
Astronomical Society's Fabulous 50 Program, a quarterly indoor-outdoor series
that combines a lecture with follow-up outdoor observing. The free program
is wonderfully effective for introducing participants to the wonders of the
Fri 13:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Be At Home With The Stars"
This talk is an introduction to the night sky for those new to astronomy.
Emphasis is on systematic naked-eye identification of the brightest stars
of the autumn season and their associated constellations and asterisms. Methods
of enhancing your wide-angle night vision via dark adaptation and binocular
assistance will be reviewed. Join us in Magdalena to begin your own personal
friendship with the stars above.
Wayne "Dee" Friesen, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)
Dee Friesen has a master's degree in physics from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
He is an adjunct professor of Astronomy, Physics, and Weather and Climate
for New Mexico Tech, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Lewis University.
He is a past president of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS). He's
an active observer who likes to star-hop.
Wed 1300, Astronomical Lyceum - "Biography Of A Star"
The birth, life and death of the Sun as displayed on the Hertzsprung-Russel
(HR) Diagram. A review of all the stellar properties that are displayed on
the HR diagram, making it the most important diagram in astronomy.
Dr. Robert Q. Fugate, The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)
Dr. Robert Q. Fugate has a 48-year career in electro-optics research, 35 years
as a civilian scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory and now consultant
for DoD, academia, and industry. He is internationally recognized as the "Father
of Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics," the key technology that has enabled
a revolution in extremely large ground-based telescopes to see through the
turbulent atmosphere clearly. At AFRL he built a team of researchers and lead
the development of practical adaptive optics systems for space situational
awareness at the Starfire Optical Range, Kirtland AFB, NM. He has been the
DoD's strongest advocate of adaptive optics technology transfer to the astronomy
community. Recently he served as the Chairman of the Laser Committee at the
Project Breakthrough Starshot, an ambitious multi-decade effort to send small
spacecraft to the nearest stars at 20% light speed using laser propulsion
from a gigawatt class ground based laser system. He has authored over 100
technical papers, given countless invited talks, and received many awards,
including a Distinguished Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of the National
Academy of Engineering. The asteroid (6770) was renamed (6770) Fugate to honor
his contributions to the astronomy community. Bob has a passion for photography
especially migratory birds, southwestern landscapes, and the night sky (imagine
that). He has two international magazine covers, is an invited contributor
to Healing Images, and has won the Photographic Society of America's highest
award. You can see some of his work at
Fri 16:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Astrophotography-Nightscapes
To Deep Sky; Dark Skies To City Skies; Essential Skills And Lessons Learned"
Are you a visual observer thinking about astrophotography? Are you a budding
astrophotographer with questions? Maybe this talk can provide you with some
basic information and provide some hints and suggestions that will advance
your skills and improve your image quality. I'll cover a variety of things
I have learned in the past several years from observational planning, hardware,
software, collecting data, and image processing. I'll show example images
and discuss the stories that go with how the images came to be. Hopefully
there will be something to learn for everyone.
Ms. Holly Hagy, BSN-RN, Magdalena Public Schools, Magdalena Astronomical Society
Holly is a member of the Magdalena Astronomical Society and has been especially
active in the team organizing the annual Enchanted Skies Star Party, now based
in Magdalena and in its 26th year.
Sat 13:30, Star Village - "ALMA & VLA, Looking Into The Dark Skies-A Cultural
Holly Hagy recently represented Magdalena Public Schools in the Sister Cities
and Observatories exchange program, an outreach program of National Radio
Astronomical Observatory (NRAO). The collaboration involves NRAO, Atacama
Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and the schools surrounding the
Very Large Array radio telescope near Magdalena and ALMA in San Pedro de Atacama
in Chile. This program seeks to reinforce the school curriculum through STEAM
activities and encourage cooperation between students and teachers in both
countries. Her illustrated presentation at Star Village will share her unusual
experience visiting collaborating organizations in Chile.
Dr. Stella Kafka, Director, American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Dr. Stella Kafka is the Director of the AAVSO, an international non-profit
organization of variable star observers whose mission is to enable anyone,
anywhere, to participate in scientific discovery through variable star astronomy.
Before her tenure at the AAVSO, Dr Kafka held positions at CTIO, Spitzer Science
Center/Caltech, Carnegie Institution of Washington/DTM, and AIP Publishing.
Dr Kafka's research interest includes semi-detached binary star systems (cataclysmic
variables) which can become supernovae type Ia. More information on Dr. Kafka
can be found at www.linkedin.com/in/stellakafka.
Wed 15:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Variable Stars And Their Stories"
Variable stars have always been the most intriguing (and fun) targets for
observers, professional and amateur alike. Stellar variability, both intrinsic
and extrinsic, provides unique insights in critical stages of stellar evolution,
helps determine distances to nearby galaxies and adds to our understanding
of explosion physics and chemical enrichment of the Milky Way.
I will introduce some of the most common aspects of stellar variability and
their significance in astrophysics. I will discuss their common light curve
identifiers, and present work by AAVSO observers that has led to cutting-edge
scientific discoveries throughout the years. Finally, I will discuss how you
can participate in variable star observations from your back yard, contributing
to the AAVSO International Database and to cutting-edge science.
Wed 18:00, Star Village - Informal discussion, "The American Association Of
Variable Star Observers And Current Adventures In The World Of Citizen Science"
Dr. Kafka will lead a discussion about the AAVSO and current adventures in
the world of citizen science. Dr. Kafka has come from the 108th annual meeting
of the AAVSO, this year in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and we are very fortunate
to have her joining us at the Enchanted Skies Star Party.
You may not want to let this guy near your telescopes!
Dan Llewellyn, Dearlick Astronomy Village, Sharon, Georgia
Dan Llewellyn has been a planetary and deep sky imager for over 19 years and
authored "Redeeming Color Planetary Cameras" in the April, 2014,
issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. His images have been featured in Sky &
Telescope; Photonics Spectra; The Atlanta Journal Constitution (Picture of
the Year 2010); and journals of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers
(ALPO), Astronomical League (AL), British Astronomical Association, and Fernbank
Science Center. Dan has lectured at the Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference,
Georgia Tech, the ALPO and AL annual conferences, Peach State Star Gaze, Mid-South
Star Gaze, Chiefland Star Party, Atlanta Astronomy Club, Enchanted Skies Star
Party, and DragonCon. Dan is also the founder and former owner of Telescope
Atlanta. Dan received the Lenny Abbey Service Award, (the highest award from
the Atlanta Astronomy Club) for his contributions in getting people started
in Planetary and Deep Sky imaging. Dan currently serves at the Director of
the Imaging Symposium at the Peach State Star Gaze.
Thu 17:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Project Apollo Slideshow"
Sat 12:00, Star Village - "Project Apollo Slideshow"
Join Dan Llewellyn for a journey through newly released Apollo Lunar Mission
photos. Dan has selected the best from Apollo 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13 that previously
few people have seen, and he has re-processed them for color correction and
detail. Additional mission images will also be included. From NASA's documentation,
"More than 8,400 super high-resolution images from the Apollo missions
have been released onto Flickr, a huge upload which allows the general public
to see the historic photographs at an unprecedented quality. The images were
captured by the astronauts using an array of high-end Hasselblad cameras --
a 'medium format' camera which used film three to four times as large as a
standard 35mm frame, hence the wonderful amount of detail. The upload is the
result of a heroic effort by Kipp Teague of the Project Apollo Archive...."
Fri 14:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Beginning Planetary Imaging"
Astronomical imaging is all the rage, but how does one get started without
breaking the bank? Also, how can one image around city lights, or with a limited
amount of time due to job or family? Hello, planetary imaging! You can image
the planets virtually anywhere, as long as you can see them in the sky from
your location. Dan, in his second presentation at this year's ESSP, will take
you through everything required to be a proficient and successful planetary
imager. This talk will be focused on the beginner, but it will contain a complete
walk-through from start-to-finish including cameras, scopes, software, and
best practices. It will also be informative and interesting for non-imaging
I suspect there are stories about the piece of glass and the telescope...
Randall A. Rosenfeld, M.A., M.S.L., Archivist, Royal Astronomical Society of
Canada and Director, Dorner Telescope Museum, Toronto, Ontario
R.A. Rosenfeld is the Archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
(RASC), and of The Canadian Astronomical Society/La Société
Canadienne d'Astronomie (CASCA). He is also Director of the RASC's Dorner
Telescope Museum. He has received the RASC's Simon Newcomb Award (2012), the
RASC's President's Award (2012), and the RASC Service Award (2017), he twice
won second prize in the Griffith Observatory's writing contest (2008, 2013),
and the IAU named Asteroid 283990 Randallrosenfeld in his honor.
Wed 14:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Truth At The Eyepiece-Integrity In
Astrosketching, Judging The Past, And Hoping For The Future"
Modern amateur astronomy offers a broad array of avenues to active engagement
with the night sky. Imaging is a popular path, either via astrophotography,
or astrosketching, or indeed through the cultivation of both media (E.E. Barnard
photographed and drew the sky, as has Damien Peach). For the majority of time
which has elapsed since telescopes were first turned to the skies, astrosketching
was either the chief or the sole means of recording the telescopic appearance
of objects. Even in this age of the dominance of scientific and recreational
astrophotography, astrosketching has enjoyed something of a revival. A prime
goal of many (but not all) observational artists now is to develop the discipline
of drawing only what can be critically seen in the eyepiece, and no more.
Is our sense of what makes an accurate astronomical sketch the same as Galileo's?
Or of the great nineteenth-century observational artists? How and why can
"accurate" observational art differ so much with the passage of
time? What are some of the factors in trying to understand and use the observational
art of the past? Are there implications for our present practice of the art,
and its future?
Thu 16:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "Music Of The Spheres: Astronomers
As Musicians, And Musicians As Astronomers"
The relationship between astronomy and music seems to exert a perennial fascination.
Part of that fascination is attributable to the promise of a viable bridge
between a science and an art, and a presumed relationship which reaches back
to the very beginnings of "western" science in some reckonings.
Despite that fascination, most of us can cite few examples of the relationship
beyond Gustav Holst's suite The Planets (op. 32, 1914-1916), and we're disappointed
when we learn that his inspiration was wholly astrological. Are there other
examples of music which embody or are influenced by astronomy in some way?
What's the nature of the relationship between music and astronomy, how did
it start, and how did it change over time? Was there an era when all astronomers
were musicians, and all musicians were astronomers? And what's odd about considering
William Herschel as an astronomical musician, or a musical astronomer?
This presentation features live performances on period instruments of some
of the musical repertoire illustrating the relationship between music and
astronomy, much of it rarely heard today, starting with what might be the
earliest surviving piece in the western tradition representing the relationship.
Dr. René A. Walterbos, Department of Astronomy, New Mexico State University,
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Dr. Walterbos was born in Groenlo, a small 700-yr old town in the eastern
part of the Netherlands. He writes, "My first experiences observing meteor
showers, stars, and galaxies date back to my teenage years. It didn't take
me long to conclude that studying astronomy would be great adventure, one
far removed from commerce and politics (so I naively thought). After obtaining
the PhD in 1986 at Leiden University, where I also obtained my undergraduate
degrees, I left the flat country for the large country, with postdocs in Princeton
and Berkeley, before settling in New Mexico. Here, the skies are dark at night
and large in the day time. The views extend as far as half-way across the
Netherlands. At New Mexico State University, I was one of the first group
of Space Telescope Institute Hubble Fellows before I joined the faculty.
After too long a stint as Department Head, I am once again pleased to have
more time for research." Since July 1, 2019, Dr. Walterbos has been Emeritus
Professor at NMSU, while continuing activity in research. René studies
the interstellar medium and its interaction with massive stars in disk galaxies
using a variety of techniques, including optical and radio imaging and spectroscopy.
His research has focused on the low-density diffusely distributed gas that
is found in the disks and halos of galaxies. Other areas include the study
of the chemical composition of the interstellar gas, the distribution of gas
in the outer disks of spiral galaxies, the kinematics of gas in the halo and
disks of galaxies, and the properties of massive stars.
Thu 15:00, Astronomical Lyceum - "How Large Are Galaxies?"
Many of us will remember our first view of the Andromeda Galaxy through an
eyepiece of a telescope. An elongated blob, spiral arms generally not visible
in small telescopes. Longer exposures show more detail, a large disk, prominent
dust lanes crossing the central stellar bulge. Where does the galaxy end,
does it even end? We are close to the 100-yr anniversary of the discovery
that most nebulae in the sky are "island universes", galaxies distinct from
our own Milky Way. Observations and theory have progressed together over the
last decades to provide deep insight into how galaxies form and evolve. Our
early measurements of galaxy sizes were upended many times. First came the
discovery of their globular star cluster systems, extending 5 to 10 times
further out than the easily visible stellar disks, in a roughly spherical
halo. In the 1970's and 80's, it became clear that gas disks in typical galaxies
extend on average about twice as far out as their stellar disks. In some galaxies,
the gas disk can be ten times larger than the stellar disk. The rotation of
this gas showed evidence for giant dark matter halos surrounding galaxies
out to the point where the Milky Way's dark matter halo likely overlaps with
that of the Andromeda galaxy. Observations at many wavelengths show evidence
for continued growth of galaxies through the accretion of gas from the intergalactic
medium and mergers with other galaxies. Our initial view of a dark sky surrounding
the stellar disk is upended, the halo regions contain dark matter, gas at
all sorts of temperatures and densities, and violent outflows of gas coming
from the galaxies themselves. I will discuss recent results on these various
components of galaxies, how we observe them, and how small telescopes operated
by amateur astronomers can continue to play a role in mapping out our nearest
(Imagine your picture here!)
Sat 15:00, Informal Presentations At Star Village
ESSP participants are welcome to contribute informal presentations limited
to 15 images and/or 15 minutes. Please contact John W. Briggs, at
email@example.com, or 970-343-0618, to participate in the first-come,
first-served, first time we've done this program.
Among the speakers will be Mr. Yann Lehmans from Switzerland, returning to
ESSP in 2019 for his second year.
A standard computer projector will be available. Your presentation on a memory
stick will be especially easy to transfer.