Jeans in Calgary: Star of Bethlehem

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Ambrose University and the CSCA present a family-friendly public lecture with a Christmas theme from Dr. Stephen Jeans (developer and instructor of Ambrose University’s Earth and Space Science courses).


Stephen Jeans
"The Star of Bethlehem: Lecture and Star Party"

Friday | 6:30 pm | Airhart Theatre, Ambrose University

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Star of Bethlehem

Come to our family-friendly early-evening Star Party to hear what the night sky may have revealed to the Magi. Look through telescopes with an opportunity to hunt for the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, stars, and more!  Dress warm for outside observing if the weather permits.

We will explore how planets and stars may have written the message of the season. The evening will start with a lively public talk by Dr. Stephen Jeans (Lecturer, Earth and Space Science) and then an active indoor/outdoor Star Party on Ambrose University Campus. Dr. Jeans and astronomers from The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, along with undergraduate astronomy students, will be on-hand to teach about how to read the night sky, explore telescope types, and observe celestial phenomena (using the telescopes outdoors, if the sky is clear).

We will be able to see an alignment (conjunction) including the Pleiades star cluster, our Moon, and planets Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus. You are welcome to bring your own binoculars or scope, and get help in using them.

Dress warm for wintry weather, however, if the sky clouds over then events continue inside. Bring your friends and family to see the natural beauty of our Solar System this Christmas.

Stephen Jeans has degrees in science and education along with a passion for communicating about both and how they intersect with faith. Academia-oriented outreach is a specialty of his, which includes educating through hands-on workshops in science-technology, giving talks on topics ranging from cosmology to climate change, and engaging participants to explore through field trips and star parties the wonders of our world. Along with research, writing, and teaching at other institutions, Dr. Jeans develops and delivers Earth and Space Science courses (astronomy, geology, and physical geography) for Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta.

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