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Ad Astra 2002
An International Astronomy Conference
June 27-30, 2002
On the Campus of Washburn University, Topeka, KS
“Ad Astra per Aspera”
Sponsored by the Astronomy Department of Washburn University.
Experiencing Astronomy from the Ground Up
Ad Astra 2002, An International Astronomy Conference,
was held June
27-29, 2002, on the Campus of Washburn University, in Topeka, KS, hosted by the Astronomy Department of Washburn University.
Ad Astra 2000 was aimed at providing a fun and informative hands on astronomy event. Because Topeka, KS, is centrally located for the entire US, this convention
drew attendees not only from the local area, but also was an occasion for AAAA members from
across the country to meet personally and share astronomical experiences.
Astra 2002 had as its motto, “Ad Astra per Aspera”,
which is also the Kansas State Motto.
Ad Astra 2002 was organized by AAAA Member Brenda
Culbertson. Brenda is a member of the Department of Astronomy at Washburn
University in Topeka.
Ad Astra 2000 - Experiencing Astronomy from the Ground Up!
Over 60 people attended Ad Astra 2002.
Attendees were treated to a wide range of talks and activities. There
were presentations by well-known professional amateurs, lectures by
accomplished amateur astronomers from Kansas and the Mid-west, a guided
tour and observing through Washburn University’s historic Warner and
Swasey refractor telescope, and a fine banquet. There were opportunities
for night-time star parties at Far Point Observatory, the dark sky site
and owned and operated by
the North-East Kansas Amateur Astronomers League, the local astronomy
club in Topeka. The Far Point Observatory is located on the grounds of
Mission Valley High School, approximately 30 miles southwest of Topeka,
and well worth the visit.
Few events were scheduled for Friday, which was planned as a
day of arrival and registration for attendees from out of town. Guided tours of
the Washburn Campus were available for those who wished. Official Ad Astra
events began that evening with a Friday Night BBQ at Champion's Bar-B-Que and
Sports Bar, just a short walk from the campus. After a pleasant meal and
socializing, there was a guided tour of Washburn’s
Crane Observatory and its
& Swasey refracting telescope. This historic telescope has recently been
refurbished, and working with it was a special treat of attending Ad Astra 2002.
The main day of the convention was Saturday, with
presentations, displays, and meetings taking place in the Stoffer Science Hall.
Five speakers presented lectures, with presentation alternating between two
large size lecture halls, both of which contained a fine array of audio-visual
equipment. There was plenty of time during the day and between presentation for
visiting and relaxing with friends. The silent auction was especially fun, and
netted a significant amount of money which will be used to help bring the
planetarium in Stoffer Hall up to date.
After a short introduction and welcome by Brenda Culbertson,
events got underway.
June 27-30, 2002: Click here for the
registration form. Please print it out, attach your check and mail
it in to us.
Dorm Rooms: in the
Living Learning Center. Dorms are available beginning Thursday evening.
$16.00 per person per night for a double
$20.00 per person per night for
$6.00 per person one-time fee for linens:
2 flat sheets, one pillow case, one pillow, two towels, one
washcloth, and one blanket. All of which must be returned
Friday Night BBQ:
at Champion Bar-B-Que and Sports Bar (across from campus)
$7.50 per person for a sandwich
buffet: includes three sliced meats (ham, turkey, and brisket),
3 sides (potato salad, cole slaw, and baked beans), pickles
(regular and specialty “hot”), and chips. Drinks are not included.
Friday Night Observing:
observing at Farpoint Observatory hosted by NEKAAL (nekaal.org).
Urban observing from Crane Observatory,
Stoffer Science Hall, using the 112-year-old Warner &
Swasey refractor with Brashear lens.
and Meetings Site: Stoffer Science Hall on campus.
Rooms 101 and 103 for
Will Gilliland, State of Kansas
Twarog, University of Kansas (astrophysicist)
Graham Bell, Northeast Kansas Amateur
Astronomers’ League (comet
Banquet: in the
Grand Ballroom of the Washburn Student Union.
per person for a buffet of:
beef, turkey, mashed potatoes and cream gravy, peas and carrots,
corn, and dinner roll. Salad, dessert, and drink are included.
White Concert Hall is on campus. The Special Presentation
open to the public.
by Dr. Paul Butler, American Astronomical Society
Topic: Extrasolar Planets
Saturday Night Observing:
observing at Farpoint Observatory hosted by NEKAAL.
Silent Auction will be conducted during the convention. Items up for
auction will be donated, and money raised will be donated to the Planetarium
Replacement Fund at Washburn University.
schedule with times and changes will be provided upon checking in at
the registration table in Stoffer Science Hall. Registration begins
on Friday (06/28) evening.
who would like to present a paper should contact Brenda Culbertson
as soon as possible with a short abstract for consideration. No compensation
is provided for presentations.
Ad Astra 2002
from the Ground Up!
Register with us now, and we will be glad to send you notification and
further information for upcoming astronomical events.