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Reminder: Dragon*Con Star Party August 30

By Phil Plait | August 8, 2012 1:13 pm

Just a quick reminder: there are still some tickets left for the pre-Dragon*Con Atlanta Skeptics Star Party on Thursday evening, August 30.

I have details in an earlier post. The proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I’ll be speaking there, as will Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, and there will be spacey music by Marian Call and George Hrab!

I hope to see lots of BABloggees there. It’ll be a great time!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Geekery, Skepticism
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Atlanta Skeptics pre-Dragon*Con star party!

By Phil Plait | July 18, 2012 10:24 am

For the past few years, the night before Dragon*Con in Atlanta officially starts, Maria Walters and the Atlanta Skeptics have held a wonderful star party to help raise money in honor of Jeff Medkeff, an astronomer and friend who died of liver cancer. Jeff hunted for asteroids, naming several after friends, including me. He was a good, good man.

That’s why the star party is in his honor, and every year it gets better.

The details are on the Atlanta Skeptics site. It’ll be on Thursday, August 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at the STATS Restaurant and Bar. Admission is $60, and tickets are on sale now.

I’ll be there, as will my very dear friends Nicole Gugliucci and musicians George Hrab and Marian Call. There will be astronomy, nerdery, singing, and of course (weather permitting) star gazing.

If there’s a better way to get into the swing of things for Dragon*Con, I don’t know what it is. And the con itself will be awesome, too, of course.

Come! Star gaze! And help fight a disease that took a friend and scientist who saw a much bigger Universe than most of us ever have.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Geekery, SciFi

Star party to kick cancer's butt

By Phil Plait | August 1, 2010 7:12 am

atlanta_starparty_logoIf you’ll be in the Atlanta area on September 2 — the night before Dragon*Con — then I strongly urge you to attend the Second Annual Atlanta Skeptics Star Party. This is a charity event to raise money for the American Cancer Society Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in memory and honor of our friend Jeff Medkeff, an astronomer who died of liver cancer two years ago. Jeff was a good man, naming asteroids after noted skeptics, and did a lot of work to promote critical thinking.

Last year’s event was fantastic: there was a full house of people listening to short talks by Pamela Gay and me, and then migrating outside to view the heavens. This year, the speakers include Fraser Cain (from the newly remodeled Universe Today), Pamela once again, and musician George Hrab (who made a typically over-the-top cool promo for it).

I won’t be there this year — months of travel for my TV show have made me long to be home for more than a week at a time — but I hope some BABloggees will be able to attend. And don’t forget: Surly Amy and I have teamed up to raise money for the event as well. It’s a great night, a fun time, and a way to help us all kick cancer’s butt.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff

Video from the White House star party

By Phil Plait | October 9, 2009 12:30 pm

This video from the White House star party held the other night makes me smile. A lot.

Wow, that’s quite a star lineup! I wish I could’ve been there too. Maybe next year…

And the quote of the night from the President, who said this in response to a young girl who was 14 when she discovered a supernova, and a high school sophomore who found a rare type of pulsar:

NASA’s equipment is some pretty powerful stuff. But astronomy also depends on the curiosity and contribution of amateur astronomers. […] If they can discover something great, so can any of you other students who are here tonight. All you need is a passion for science.

Damn straight. And awesome.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff

White House Star Party

By Phil Plait | October 7, 2009 2:30 pm

This is pretty cool: tonight, President Obama will have a bunch of professional and amateur astronomers over to the White House to show the First Family and a group of middle schoolers the sky. The event coincides with the International Year of Astronomy and World Space Week.

And may I say? It’s so so cool to finally have a President who respects science. Yay!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Politics
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