Barringer Lecture: The Philosophy of Meteoritics: Awe, Faith, and Data @ “Golden Brains” - Presidium of the Academy of Sciences
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

81st Annual Meeting of The MeteoriticalSociety,

What are the assumptions, both spoken and unspoken, that go into the way we do our science? In particular, the talk would address three questions: What motivates us to do our science? How do we decide what science we do? And how does our community arrive at consensus on what is “commonly accepted”?

2nd International Conference Science & Religion @ Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion
Aug 13 – Aug 14 all-day

The Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion is hosting its second annual conference, “Our Place in the Cosmos?: Humanity, Spirituality, and the Awesome Universe.”

This conference seeks to wade into issues concerning the roles and place of humanity within the dynamic, fascinating, and sometimes awe-inspiring cosmos that comes into view via modern and after-modern science.

An Overview of Vatican Observatory Activities
Sep 3 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Great Lakes Star Gaze 2018 @ River Valley RV Park
Sep 6 – Sep 9 all-day

Michigan’s largest amateur star party.

Br. Guy Consolmagno is the keynote speaker; he is giving presentations both Friday Sept. 7th and Sat. Sept. 8th.

Bob Trembley will also be at the event; he will be giving LIVE demos of Space Simulation Software on Sat. Sept 8th before Br. Guy’s talk.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 6th:  5:00 pm Registration begins and will be open until 10:00 pm.

The observing hill WILL NOT open before this time! Your cooperation and understanding are appreciated! For stargazers who would like to arrive before Thursday or stay after Sunday, camping in RV Park is available at campground rates. Contact RV Park to make reservations.


Friday, September 7th:  Registration open from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

6:15 – 6:30 Opening Comments, Kevin Dehne

6:30 – 8:30 Astronomy Presentations:

  • Joe Bruessow, “Electronic Assisted Astronomy”.
  • Guy Consolmagno of the Vatican Observatory, “Discarded Worlds: Astronomical Ideas that were Almost Correct…!”

9:00 – ???  Observing on the hill. Welcome Tent will be open all night with hot drinks!


Saturday, September 8th: Registration open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

10:00 – 11:00 Kids Fishing Contest: Held at the pond in the main campground. Ages

13 and under bring your own fishing pole, hook, and bobber.  Worms will be provided. Prizes for the first fish, biggest fish, & most fish caught.

11:30 – 12:00 Rocket Launches: Norb Vance & Kevin Dehne  Look Out!

12-00 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00    Swap Meet: Main tent.  Bring astronomy equipment to sell & cash to pay!

5-00 – 6:00    Dinner Break

6:00 – 8:00    Astronomy Presentations:

  • Bob Trembley, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, “Demonstrate Space Simulation Software”.
  • Guy Consolmagno, “Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer”.

8:00 – 8:30    Door Prize Drawings:

  • Must be present to win.
  • Closing Comments.

9:30 – 10:00   “Tour of the Night Sky”

Norb Vance, EMU.

(Green laser will be used during this time only.)

9:00 – ???      Observing on the hill:

  • Welcome Tent open all night with hot drinks.


Sunday, September 9th:

  • Departure by 1:00 pm unless you would like to stay and help clean up.
  • If planning to stay for more nights please make arrangements with the RV Park.
DFMC Keynote
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Benedictine University Mesa
Sep 17 all-day
Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer @ St. Meinrad Seminary
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day
Big Questions in Astronomy
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Big Questions in Astronomy @ Propsteiweg 1 9121 Tainach
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Why Do We Look Up at the Heavens?
Oct 9 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Why did we go to the Moon? Why does the Vatican support an astronomical observatory? These questions mask a deeper question: why do individuals choose to spend their lives in pursuit of pure knowledge? The motivation behind our choices, both as individuals and as a society, controls the sorts of science that gets done. It determines the kinds of answers that are found to be satisfying. And ultimately, it affects the way in which we think of ourselves.