August 14 - 18 2015

Event schedule

The AHSP 2015 calendar schedule below is updated but in draft form, some additional details of events is on the event overview page and have been updated to match as well in this draft. Here is a Draft – AHSP 2015 daily agenda that we hand out each year.

Updated: July 21 2015

Dates and times are subject to change. Schedule updates will be posted near the main program yurt.

The dial-in is 703-983-2020, and the conference ID is 4277805. After you enter the conference ID, you may need to wait to be “admitted”.
AHSP 2015 @ Spruce Knob Mountain Center
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – Aug 18 @ 10:00 am
AHSP 2015 @ Spruce Knob Mountain Center | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Mark your calendars! The event sold out in record time in 2015!
AHSP 2015 Gate Open @ Registration Tent
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am
AHSP 2015 Gate Open @ Registration Tent | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Check in starts for registered attendees of AHSP
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Swap Table @ Patio
Aug 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Swap Table @ Patio
Friday, 4:00-5:30 pm on the Yurt deck   Bring your astronomy, observing, or space-related items to sell. Bring your cash to get those items you need. Bring more cash for the items you want. Bring even more[...]
Aug 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
WV Music and Folklore @ Yurt deck
Carrie & Michael Kline will perform this regional music, a mix of traditional music, songs of the great outdoors, and coal mining songs, with bridging narratives connecting audience members with local history and culture. We have been[...]
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Food Menu
Aug 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday Night: "HST’s Greatest Scientific Achievements" @ Main Yurt and Overflow Tent | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Bob Naeye Ask anyone on the street to name a telescope, and odds are good he or she will reply, “the Hubble Space Telescope.” Hubble has gained worldwide fame for its spectacular pictures, which grace[...]
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual observer you are sure to enjoy one of our two birdwatching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what West Virginia has to offer this time[...]
Canoeing @ Yurt Deck
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canoeing @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Saturday, at 9:00 am on the Yurt Deck Patio The Mountain Institute’s staff will lead three prime outdoors activities for the area: a canoeing trip, a Spruce Knob summit hike and caving, first one on[...]
Geology Hike @ Yurt Deck
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Geology Hike @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
This is a fascinating talk and hike for those interested in learning more about the geology of the Spruce Knob region. No prior knowledge of geology needed.
Saturday Morning: "The Atmosphere of the Sun: what is it and how do we study it?" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Dr. George Doschek, Research Physicist & former Branch Chief, Space Science Div., Naval Research Laboratory and NOVAC member I will explain how we observe the Sun’s atmosphere, especially stressing spectroscopy, and describe the atmosphere’s structure[...]
Aug 15 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
NRAO Tour @ NRAO | Arbovale | West Virginia | United States
This is a “behind-the-scenes” tour, so you’ll get to visit labs, engineering facilities, and the telescope control room – locations that are normally off-limits to the public! We’ll meet at 10:30 am on the main yurt deck[...]
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Saturday Afternoon: "Using the ADVS for Asteroid Occultations" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Elizabeth Warner, University of Maryland The UMD Observatory acquired an Advanced Digital Video System (ADVS) for use by students in observing asteroid occultations. We are still learning the system but do have one positive and[...]
Solar Observing - Sextant Presentation and Celestial Navigation @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Solar viewing with participants’ white light and spectral line telescopes. Introduction to celestial navigation and hands-on with a mariner’s sextant, on the main Yurt deck by Alan Goldberg
TMI Observatory Tour @ TMI Observatory
Aug 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TMI Observatory Tour @ TMI Observatory | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Meet on the Yurt Deck at 2:45 pm or up at the observatory at 3:00 pm. Dr. Joe Morris is your host at the Back Ridge Observatory which he provided for use by TMI.
Aug 15 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 16 @ 9:00 am
NRAO Observing @ NRAO | Arbovale | West Virginia | United States
Hands-on Radio Astronomy NOVAC has arranged for access to NRAO’s 40-foot educational dish. Participants will leave for Green Bank either with the tour earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. Observations begin in[...]
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Food Menu
Saturday Night: "Astronomy the Old Fashioned Way:  The Joys of Visual Observing with Simple Telescopes" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Rod Mollise, Contributing Editor, Sky and Telescope Magazine “Uncle” Rod Mollise, a Contributing Editor at Sky and Telescope magazine, is familiar to amateur astronomers as the author of numerous books and magazine articles on every[...]
Observing Workshop @ Yellow Observing Field
Aug 15 @ 8:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Observing Workshop @ Yellow Observing Field | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Informal Visual Observing Evenings, Saturday through Monday. Meet on the Yellow Observing Field (look for the red marker light). This will be available every night at dusk to chat with beginners on a variety of observing[...]
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Breakfast for AHSP Attendees.  Here is the Food Menu for checking what’s for breakfast!
Durbin Rocket Railroad @ Durbin Station (WV Rte. 92)
Aug 16 @ 8:15 am – 1:00 pm
Durbin Rocket Railroad @ Durbin Station (WV Rte. 92) | Durbin | West Virginia | United States
Durbin Rocket Railroad 2 hr. trip along the Greenbrier River. Train departs station at 10:00, returns about 12:00. Meet on deck by 8:30 to arrive at Durbin station by 9:30 for tickets and boarding.
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Bird Watching @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or a casual observer you are sure to enjoy one of our two birdwatching sessions. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what West Virginia has to offer this time[...]
Summit Hike @ Yurt Deck
Aug 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summit Hike @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Sunday, 9:00 am on the Yurt Deck
Sunday Morning: "The Heliophysics Educator Ambassador (HEA) program for Informal Educators" @ Main Yurt | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Wayne “Skip” Bird, Outreach Director, Westminster Astronomical Society, Inc. Official: The Heliophysics Educator Ambassador (HEA) program for Informal Educators is a NASA-funded program that will focus on in-depth learning experiences around Earth, Space, and Physical[...]
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio
Aug 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch @ Kitchen Yurt and Patio | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Lunch for Attendees is set for Friday through Monday.  Here is the Food Menu for reference.
Caving @ Yurt Deck
Aug 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Caving @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Caving … is back! The Mountain Institute Staff   The Mountain Institute’s staff will lead a trip to a local Shenandoah cave. After many years of caves being closed for fear of spreading White Nose[...]
Solar Observing - Sextant Presentation and Celestial Navigation @ Yurt Deck | Circleville | West Virginia | United States
Solar viewing with participants’ white light and spectral line telescopes. Introduction to celestial navigation and hands-on with a mariner’s sextant, on the main Yurt deck by Alan Goldberg