ASTRONOMY DAY UPDATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Norwich Crescent

According to AccuWeather, the skies are going to be more clear today than on Sunday (our proposed backup/rain date). So we’re sticking with the original plan and holding the National Astronomy Day activities today, Saturday, April 29—on Astronomy Day!

3-5 PM Daytime Activities

8-10 PM Evening Activities

Gazebo at the Norwich Crescent

We have some fun activities planned for the daytime portion of National Astronomy Day, including using a cereal box to make a pinhole “viewer” that allows you to safely look at the sun. (Important: NEVER look directly at the Sun, and NEVER attempt to look at the Sun through a telescope or binoculars without a proper solar filter. Serious eye injury could result.)

Cereal Box Pinhole Camera

Have Cereal Box, Will Travel

One of today’s activities entails transforming a cereal box into a pinhole “camera” that allows you to safely view the Sun. We’ll have some boxes on-hand for making and demonstrating the pinhole device, and if you’d like to make one of your own, please bring an empty cereal box if you can. Other boxes that work are shoe boxes, Pringles cans, and Oatmeal tubes. We’ll have the rest of the supplies on site, and will also have extra copies of these instructions for you to take home.

Evening Activities
As a preview to the evening activities (8-10 PM on the Norwich Crescent), remember that if you have a telescope and would like to learn how to use it or improve upon your knowledge, bring it along!

I’ll be out and about most of the day with little access to email, so if you have a question, the best way to reach me is to call or text my cell, below. Looking forward to seeing you on the Norwich Crescent.

Art Pallone
Physics Professor
802-485-2317 weekday
802-382-0481 mobile/weekend

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Astronomy Day Activities on the Norwich Campus: April 29, 2017

Has anyone ever promised you the Moon and the stars? We deliver them—weather permitting, of course!

Come to the gazebo on the Norwich Crescent this Saturday April 29 for National Astronomy Day activities. Norwich physics faculty will be on hand to help you:

– Learn safe ways to view the Sun
– Create pinhole projectors *
– Look at the Moon through binoculars and telescopes
– Test your eyesight with the stars
– View a storm older than any person alive and so big it could swallow the Earth!
– See a binary star system and explain what it is

Albireo: binary star (Photo:

Albireo: binary star

3 PM to 5 PM

(There will be a break from 5-8 PM for dinner.)

8 PM to 10 PM

Gazebo on the Norwich Crescent

We can try to predict the weather, but Mother Nature sure doesn’t answer to us. If it’s raining or the sky is too overcast to see anything on Saturday, we’ll move the activities to Sunday, April 30,* same times and locations. (If we do move it to Sunday, we’ll post an update here.)

* Sunday also happens to be Worldwide Pinhole Camera Day. In that spirit, the faculty have built in some pinhole-camera activities that will be fun to do on either day.

Bring it along. We can help you with that, too!

All are welcome, including members of the greater community. Come one, come all!

Art Pallone
Physics Professor
802-485-2317 weekday
802-382-0481 mobile/weekend

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American Physical Society March 2013 Meeting

Art Pallone, APS 2013 presentation, March 2013

Dr. Arthur Pallone gives a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society, March 2013.

In March 2013, Norwich University senior Patrick Barnes and I attended the annual meeting of the American Physical Society in Baltimore. A few months later, Patrick received a commission from the U.S. Navy. Soon, Patrick’s poster demonstrating webcam detection of ionizing radiation will be on display in the halls of the Norwich physics department. In the meantime, here is a snapshot from one of my presentations.

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