Incase you missed it, here are some highlights of Worthy Eclipse Week!
Bob Grossfeld: Eclipse Craziness
What is all the fuss about the eclipse? Let’s look at the history of these magical events and see why they are so special. We will take a look at what to expect here in Bend and the surrounding communities. Then look at the best way to view or take pictures of the eclipse.
Roger Worthington: Colonizing Outer Space
Is space travel and colonization an imperative for the survival of the human species? Can we get to the nearest “Goldilocks” planet? Even if we can colonize other planets, should we? What are the costs and benefits? Follow along with the downloadable presentation link below.
Dr. Scott Fisher: Darkness in Daytime
On the morning of August 21, 2017, Central Oregon (and a 60-mile swath across the continental US) witnessed one of nature’s most spectacular events, a total eclipse of the Sun. As the shadow of the Moon moved across the US from Lincoln City, OR to Charleston, SC nearly 50 million people traveled to see this incredible spectacle. Dr. Scott Fisher from the University of Oregon Department of Physics was one of those travelers, he was near Madras taking part working with a team of NASA scientists on eclipse observations.
Before the event, on August 18th, Dr. Fisher gave a spectacular and dazzling public-level talk about the eclipse in conjunction with the Worthy Garden Club and the Hopservatory. In this fun and informative talk Dr. Fisher will explain how eclipses occur, describe what we should expect to see, and talk about how to view the eclipse safely.
We are pleased to announce Worthy Solar Eclipse Week, August 16-21, presented by the Worthy Garden Club. The theme of the special program is “See the Light.”
Starting the third week of August the Worthy Garden Club will be hosting an entire week of educational talks as we anticipate the upcoming total solar Eclipse. Millions of people from all over the world will be gathering on the morning of August 21, 2017 on a 60 mile wide path across the United States, those venturing to the total path will witness a once in a lifetime event.
During this special week Worthy Garden Club will host a variety of local experts in the in the field of Astronomy, History, Hydrogeology, and Humanities. These experts will join us in Bend, Oregon at Worthy Brewing's Hop Mahal.
These special talks start on Wednesday the 16th of August and continue through the end of the week. This will be a week of learning and discovery, each talk will be followed up by open viewing through the Hopservatory telescope from 9-11pm. The WGC "Sky-Guy" Grant Tandy will present a full day of viewing the day prior to the Eclipse.
Education is a Worthy cause, we've got plenty of programs scheduled throughout the coming months to quell your curiosity.
Worthy Eclipse Week Schedule
Eleanor Latham PhD.: Someone Will Save Us, 6:30-7:15pm
Popular culture typically reflects the hopes, fears, and interests of "the ordinary person" in whatever culture is producing the popular work-this is true whether we are looking at Classical Greek Tragedy or Wonder Woman. Science Fiction, once called "Speculative Fiction," is particularly prone to this tendency, since it is not bound by requirements for realism. Science Fiction, of course, includes many sub-genres (such as mutations, science experiment gone wrong, future history, and alternative history). In honor of our current interest in the solar eclipse, I will focus on Science Fiction involving outer space. This talk will examine a few important movies in five categories: 1. Space: The Final Frontier; 2. We're the Good Guys (even when we are the bad guys); 3. Dying Earth; 4. Limits of the Human; and 5. Against All Odds.
Bob Grossfeld: Eclipse Craziness - What's the hoopla all about? 7:30-8:15pm
What is all the fuss about this upcoming eclipse? Let’s look at the history of these magical events and see why they are so special. We will take a look at what to expect here in Bend and the surrounding communities. Then look at the best way to view or take pictures of the eclipse.
Brandon Overstreet, M.S., Ph.D Candidate: Sun and Ice Sheet Rivers - An expedition to measure meltwater production on the Greenland Ice Sheet 6:30-7:15pm
Each summer, melting snow and ice form a complex network of rivers on the Greenland ice sheet. In many ways, these streams behave like temperate rivers in hyperdrive, efficiently carving channels and canyons into the ice surface. Flow in these rivers are highly sensitive to solar irradiation and temperature and accelerated melting on the Greenland ice sheet has led to consistent increases in global sea level. The rivers on the Greenland ice sheet provide efficient conduits for transporting meltwater to the ocean but the amount of water conveyed through these river systems is difficult to measure and not well understood. This talk describes recent expeditions into the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet to gain intimate view of the relationship between temperature and the behavior of the rivers on the ice surface. The data collected will help refine estimates of meltwater production and sea level rise in the future and shape our shared understanding of global climate change.
Roger Worthington: Colonizing Outer Space - Is it All About Planting the Flag? 7:30-8:15pm
Is space travel and colonization an imperative for the survival of the human species? Can we get to the nearest “Goldilocks” planet? Even if we can colonize other planets, should we? What are the costs and benefits?
Scott Fisher PhD.: Darkness in Daytime – the Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse 7:00pm
On the morning of August 21, 2017, central Oregon (and a 60-mile swath across the continental US) will witness one of nature’s most spectacular events, a total eclipse of the Sun. As the shadow of the Moon moves across the US from Lincoln City, OR to Charleston, SC it is expected that as many as 50 million people will travel to see this incredible spectacle. Dr. Scott Fisher from the University of Oregon Department of Physics will be one of those travelers, he will be near Madras taking part working with a team of NASA scientists on eclipse observations.
Before the event, on August 18th, Dr. Fisher will be giving a public-level talk about the eclipse in conjunction with the Worthy Garden Club and the Hopservatory. In this fun and informative talk Dr. Fisher will explain how eclipses occur, describe what we should expect to see, and talk about how to view the eclipse safely.
Joann Eisberg PhD.: Science in the Moon's Shadow - a Brief History of the Science of Solar Eclipses 6:30-7:15pm
From ancient Greece and China to the present day, astronomers have used eclipse data to explore the architecture of the solar system, the physics of the sun, and the bending of space itself. This talk briefly surveys some of the highlights of eclipse science.
Brad Hughes PhD.: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 7:30-8:15pm
Since the start of the SETI program, scientists have been searching for signs of intelligent life. Rather that just be passively listening for ET to call us, Astronomers are capable now of identifying planets that may harbor life. This will be a tour through some of the most recent discoveries in SETI, including planets that may have the right conditions for life to arise
Grant Tandy: Sunday Solar 12-4pm - Starhop Night 9-11pm
Grant’s love for astronomy began with his innate curiosity of the natural world, wondering how things work and why. Once discovering the vastness and wonder of astronomy it quickly became a passion for him, leading to a career in teaching public astronomy programs. Grant will lead a telescopic journey starting with our Sun for Solar viewing Sunday at Noon. Grant will also be offering a special open house viewing Sunday night, no need to register for this. Just show up the night of and take the stairs directly to the 3rd floor Hopservatory. Suggested $5 donation for visitors aged 7 and over. Kids free.
If you haven't heard about the Worthy's newest expansion plan, it's quite ambitious. Not only is the brewery adding banquet and additional kitchen space; they're also constructing a custom observation dome retrofit with a vintage telescope to gaze at Central Oregon skies. Yes, you read that correctly. Worthy will soon be the only brewery in Bend with an observatory. Preliminary plans show the buildout covering some existing patio area as well as upper lawn area in the restaurant's beer garden. Curved steps lead up to the observation dome that will host periodic tours and star gazing hours for guests.
I will be the first to admit the seemingly random conception of this idea. An observatory in a brewery? Where is the connection? Is this a tourist trap? You have to talk to the brewery's owner, Roger Worthington, to get the real inspiration behind this grand plan. "We already have our feet in the soil," he says. "Our gardens keep us grounded but we should also look to the sky." Worthington has many connections in the academic field, having recruited Dr. Shaun Townsend of Oregon State to help build and monitor the brewery's gardens in 2012. With the eventual inception of the Garden Club, Worthington then set his sights on creating an educational outlet for Central Oregonians who want to learn how to grow hops. So the brewery has never been just a brewery. And this project is just another piece of the puzzle long-ago formulated by Worthington.
And I'm excited to announce that we will be a big part of this project. The garden club will run the observatory with the help of OSU's counterpart, University of Oregon. Beavers in the soil and Ducks in the sky, Worthington likes to say. UofO will provide docents to give tours and presentations to the public, while the garden club will handle scheduling and logistics. I'm working on brushing up on some basic Astronomy, but our biggest resource is actually our newest member on the Board of Directors.
Meet Dr. Scott Fisher, Astronomy Lecturer in the Physics Department of the University of Oregon. Dr. Fisher has quite the impressive background, beginning with a Bachelors Degree in Physics and Astronomy as well as a Ph. D. in Astronomy from the University of Florida. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Fisher obtained a Science Fellowship at the Gemini Observatory in the Hawaiian Islands where he stayed on as an outreach and project scientist for the next eight years, working with thermal infrared systems. In 2009, he moved on as Program Director for the Division of Astronomical Sciences at the National Space Foundation, and in 2012, accepted a lecturing position at UofO. Since then, his classes have risen to the highest ranks in the Physics Department, gaining recognition from the Chronicle of Higher Education for teaching "science that sticks." Oh yeah, and he's also been appointed Outreach Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies at UofO as well as Associate Director of Pine Mountain Observatory in the last couple of years.
I told you he was impressive.
So after finding Dr. Fisher through our connections at Pine Mountain Observatory, we knew he was the one for the job. Dr. Fisher is helping us design, construct, and source materials for the "Duck Dome" as it's now being called. We're very excited to have him on board, and want to give him a big welcome to Worthy!
The current plan is to begin construction in November and have the observatory up and running around Memorial Day. It's ambitious to say the least, but we hope to begin bringing tours through next summer. Stay tuned for updates! And don't worry, I definitely plan to make this one of our garden club meetings despite being quite unrelated to growing hops. It's just too good.
Hopservatory Manager, NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador