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2009 Mulberry Mountain / AOAS Regional Star Party

June 19, 2009 @ 12:00 am - June 21, 2009 @ 12:00 am EDT

2009 Mulberry Mountain / AOAS Regional Star PartyThe Arkansas/Oklahoma Astronomy Society is proud to announce their second annual 2009 Mulberry Mountain / AOAS Star Regional Party, to be held on June 19th & 20th, 2009.


Once again, this year’s event will take place at Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events, which is a 650-acre facility located 16 miles north of Interstate 40, on Arkansas Hwy 23, near the city of Ozark, Arkansas. Highway 23 is otherwise known as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway. The facility boasts some of “The Darkest Skies in Arkansas,” at GPS coordinates N 35° 42' 36": W 93° 47' 44".


Mulberry Mountain offers cabins, pull-through RV sites and improved tent campsites with water, electricity & showers. Virtually unlimited primitive campsites are also available. Contact Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events by phone at (866) 667-1919 or by e-mail at mulberrymountain@aol.com for lodging information and reservations.

AOAS plans to set up a Public Observation Area on the south side of the resort on Friday and Saturday evenings. Several of our members’ telescopes will be available. Non-members may set up their equipment in the Public Observation Area if they wish. All scopes are welcome. Amateurs who do not wish to participate in public viewing or who require a “lights-free” area will be located away from established light sources.

NOTE: It is our sincere hope that this event eventually grows to the point that we will someday require enforceable lighting regulations.

Vendors are being invited, and a “Swap Meet” will take place Saturday afternoon in the Main Lodge Meeting Room, where anyone will be able to buy, sell, or trade any astronomical items.

The newly formed Arkansas Section of the International Dark Sky Association will also conduct their 2009 Annual Meeting in the main Lodge meeting Room during the weekend.

This year's Star Party includes an exciting line up of speakers.

High-lighting this line up is Arkansas' own Dr. P. Clay Sherrod, world renowned astronomer, educator, author and lecturer. His topic of "Near Earth Asteroids" presents an informative and educational picture of the clear and present danger posed by these objects.

Near Earth Objects and past Earth Impacts
By Dr. P. Clay Sherrod
Director, Arkansas Sky Observatory
Author, A Complete Manual of Amateur Astronomy: Tools and Techniques for Astronomical Observations

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Another exciting speaker comes to us from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dr. Marc Seigar. Dr. Seigar has conducted recent research and published results in various periodicals concerning "Massive Black Holes and the Structure of Spiral Galaxies". This lecture promises an insight into some of the most basic cosmological questions about the Universe.

Black Holes and Dark Energy Research
By Dr. Marc S. Seigar
Assistant Professor Dept. of Physics & Astronomy
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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Our third speaker, Wade Van Arsdale, hails from Little Rock and is a well-known in the amateur astronomy community and is an accomplished astro-imager. Wade will be presenting an excellent introduction to astro-imaging for the beginning and intermediate amateur astronomer.

Getting Started In Astro-Imaging
by Wade Van Arsdale
Member of the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society (CAAS)
Co-founder and Vice President, Arkansas Section of the International Dark Sky Association.

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A $5.00 donation will be requested for Guest Speaker events and tickets will be used in drawings for donated door prizes.

Note: Additions or changes to the guest speaker list or planned events will be announced as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Leonard Lynch at:
Phone: 479-782-1131
email: nspace01@swbell.net


June 19, 2009 @ 12:00 am
June 21, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Event Category:


USA - Arkansas
Arkansas USA


Leonard Lynch