2009 AADL Reads Events

ANN ARBOR/YPSILANTI READS AUTHOR EVENT

Acclaimed author Timothy Ferris will make a special appearance in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area as part of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. His book, Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astronomers Are Discovering The Wonders Of The Universe, has been chosen as the focus of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program.

On Thursday, January 29 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Towsley Auditorium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, he will discuss this book as well as his own thoughts on astronomy and the universe around us. A booksigning will follow and books will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Shaman Drum.

This appearance is a key event for the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program, which this year focuses on the theme The Universe: Yours To Discover.

OTHER EVENTS

Friday, January 2 - Saturday, January 31
Craft: Out Of This World Progressive Art Display

Celebrate the Read! Take a photo of the stars, draw your own planet, or describe life in outer space! Paintings, photographs and stories up to two pages are welcome. Drop off your work in the Youth Department in January, and watch the display come to life in the Youth Story Corner. This activity is for youth - preschool through grade 5. Artwork will be displayed until March 31 and will not be returned.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Wednesday, January 7, 7 - 8:30 pm
Discussion Leader Training: Learn How To Lead An Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Discussion In Your Community

Training will be provided for individuals who would like to learn how to moderate a discussion about this year's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book for their organization or reading group.

These sessions will be interactive classes, conducted by Library and University staff. Model practices and advice on holding successful group discussions will be central features of the training. Registration is required and space is limited.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
To register, call the Ann Arbor District Library at 327-4555 or register online Register Now

Monday, January 12, 7 - 8:30 pm
Discussion Leader Training: Learn How To Lead An Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Discussion In Your Community

Training will be provided for individuals who would like to learn how to moderate a discussion about this year's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book for their organization or reading group.

These sessions will be interactive classes, conducted by Library and University staff. Model practices and advice on holding successful group discussions will be central features of the training. Registration is required and space is limited.
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road Library
Community Meeting Room
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti
To register, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 879-1303

Wednesday, January 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Lecture and Discussion: Science Café: Religion and Science

The University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History invites you to this special event at Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub.
400 years ago, Galileo looked up into the sky with a telescope, and what he found brought him in conflict with the religious authorities of his day. This café discussion will explore the roles of science and religion, historically and in contemporary life. Join us for hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 and a brief presentation at 6:00 pm, followed by discussion. Participants must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. Everyone is welcome and invited to purchase additional food and beverages.
Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: Contact the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History at 764-0480 or
visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ExhibitMuseum

Thursday, January 15, 7 - 8:30 pm
Film and Discussion: Seeing In The Dark: A Film By Timothy Ferris

Join us for a screening of this acclaimed one hour PBS documentary, held in conjunction with Michigan Television. A post-film discussion, led by Michigan Television staff, will follow. This 2007 film, written and produced by Timothy Ferris,is an excellent introduction to this year's Read. It introduces viewers to the wonders of the night sky, encouraging them to make casual stargazing or serious amateur astronomy a part of their lives
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-4555
or visit aadl.org

Friday, January 16, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Lecture: William R. Farrand Annual Public Lecture: The Future of NASA Presented By A.W. (Tony) England, Former Astronaut, and Associate Dean and Professor, U-M College of Engineering

NASA's organic act assigned a broad spectrum of missions to NASA. For motives that were warranted, and for some that were probably unwarranted, the current administration has attempted to narrow NASA's charge to that of human exploration. With the new administration, there will be an opportunity to revisit what NASA is charged to do.
Because the Nation can afford only one civilian space program, it is important that it serve the Nation’s most urgent needs. England will offer a vision of a revised program that is more consistent with NASA's organic act. A Reception follows in the Rackham Assembly Hall.
Rackham Amphitheatre
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Details: Contact the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History at 764-0480 or
visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ExhibitMuseum

Thursday, January 22, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Star Gazing and Discussion: Field Trip To The Stars

For this event, presented by the Ypsilanti District Library and the EMU Astronomy Club, families should dress warmly, park in the McKenny Union Lot, and meet at EMU's Sherzer Observatory to make the Universe "yours to discover"! Come view the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy and other objects in the winter sky through EMU's large refracting telescope, weather permitting. If the skies are cloudy, we'll use the classroom planetarium and talk about astronomy.
Eastern Michigan University Sherzer Observatory
Operated by:
Department of Physics & Astronomy
303 Strong Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 879-1306
or visit ypsilibrary.org

Friday, January 23, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Science Career Workshop

Students in grades 6-9 (and parents, too!) are encouraged to attend a FREE science career workshop where they will learn how careers in science and technology can be fun and exciting, and how education in these fields is financially possible for everyone.
Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue Library
229 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
To register call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1390
Visit ypsilibrary.org for more information.

Saturday, January 24, 10 - 11 am
Science Activities: Family Science Fun Workshop – Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space! Look Up at the Sky!

This workshop, held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History, is for youth in grades K – 5, accompanied by an adult.
When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? Discover how to read star maps and find the brightest stars on your own. Explore the different star pictures, or constellations, that people created long ago. Learn about the big star closest to Earth: our Sun!? Can we track the Sun’s movement to tell time? Make a sundial and see for yourself!
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Details: 327-4200
or visit aadl.org

Saturday, January 24, 10am - 4:30 pm
Science Activities: Mobile Planetarium

Families are invited to come throughout the day to learn about outer-space in the inflated dome from Kramer Edu-tainment with a variety of shows created by NASA such as Cosmic Collisions and Passport To The Universe.
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road Library
Community Meeting Room
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti
For more information call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1340
or visit ypsilibrary.org

Saturday, January 24, 2 - 3 pm
Science Activities: Family Science Fun Workshop – Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space! Look Up at the Sky!

This workshop, held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History, is for youth in grades K – 5, accompanied by an adult.
When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? Discover how to read star maps and find the brightest stars on your own. Explore the different star pictures, or constellations, that people created long ago. Learn about the big star closest to Earth: our Sun!? Can we track the Sun’s movement to tell time? Make a sundial and see for yourself!
Ann Arbor District Library - Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Details: 327-4200
or visit aadl.org

Wednesday, January 28, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Lecture: Staring into Space: The Telescopes of Modern Astronomy With Mario Mateo, U-M Department of Astronomy

Our modern vision of the Universe has largely come about through the development of powerful telescopes that allow us to collect radiation and particles that come from sources located far beyond Earth. The range of telescopes available to astronomers--both ground and space based--provides an unprecedented window through which we can view our Universe.
This lecture will summarize the wide range of modern telescopes--including those that U-M astronomers have privileged access to--while highlighting the varied astronomical problems that these remarkable instruments are designed to explore. Future generations of telescopes now being planned will help address these mysteries while undoubtedly unveiling others about our amazing Universe.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Details: Contact the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History at 764-0480 or
visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ExhibitMuseum

Saturday, January 31, 1 - 2 pm
Science Activities: Family Science Fun Workshop – Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space! Look Up at the Sky!

This workshop, held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History, is for youth age 6-11, accompanied by an adult.
When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? Discover how to read star maps and find the brightest stars on your own. Explore the different star pictures, or constellations, that people created long ago. Learn about the big star closest to Earth: our Sun!? Can we track the Sun’s movement to tell time? Make a sundial and see for yourself!
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road Library
Community Meeting Room
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
To register call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1340.
Visit ypsilibrary.org for more information.

Friday, January 30 - Sunday, July 5
"New Views of the Universe: Hubble Space Telescope" at the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History

The exhibition immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble Space Telescope, which will be 19 years old in April 2009. A scale model of the Hubble is the focal point of the installation, which also includes hands-on activities about how the telescope works and images and data taken from Hubble of planets, galaxies, black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Details: Contact the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History at 764-0480 or
visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/ExhibitMuseum

Saturday, January 31 - Sunday, July 5
Exhibition: New Views of the Universe

Interactive, multimedia exhibit
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, January 31 - Sunday, August 30
Exhibition: Reaching for the Stars, and Beyond - Astronomy at the University of Michigan

Interactive, multimedia exhibit
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Thursday, February 5, 5:00 pm
Penny Stamps Distinguished Visitor Series: Science Communication through Art and Technology"

Astronomer and science visualizer José Francisco Salgado uses his skills in astronomy education and visual arts to create multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. Currently on staff at the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum in Chicago, Salgado’s education and outreach efforts include Spanish-language programs, an Emmy-nominated astronomy news segment, and astronomy video suites created to accompany live performances of classical music concerts. In his presentation, Salgado discusses these programs and techniques and the ways Adler astronomers use the museum's Space Visualization Laboratory to communicate science.
Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, February 6, 7:30 pm
Astronomy of the 21st Century Distinguished Speaker Series: "A Revolution in Planetary Science"

Lecture will be given by Alan Stern, former NASA Associate Administrator. Telescope viewing at Angell Hall following lecture (weather permitting)
1800 Dow Chemistry Building
930 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, February 6 - Friday, March 6
Imagining the Universe

Fine Art. Reception on February 6, 6 - 9 pm.
A&D Slusser Gallery
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, February 7, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: 400 Years of Cosmic Discovery

Speaker: Professor Timothy McKay (UM Physics)
During the summer of 1609, Galileo Galilei first turned his hand-made telescope to the sky, and our isolation from the cosmos was over. This talk will review, at breakneck speed, the ensuing 400 years of progress in astrophysics. We will see how generations of rashly curious scientists, armed with increasingly ingenious instruments, have erased the division between Earth and sky. We will also join the world in recognizing 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Monday, February 9 - Saturday, April 11
Exhibition: Watchers of the Sky

Rare original manuscripts by Galileo and others.
Special Collections Library
920 N University Ave # 711
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Wednesday, February 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Science Cafe Series - Astrobiology

Speakers: Deborah Goldberg, Chair, U-M Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Ted Bergin, U-M Astronomy
How has evolution unfolded on Earth? Could life evolve on other planets? What would the requirements be? How and where can we look, and what have we found so far? Sponsored by Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
Conor O'Neill's Pub
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Visit http://lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum/programs/specialprogs/sciencecafes for more information

Thursday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Whitesell Memorial Lecture - Politics and Astrology in the Galileo Affair

Speaker: Professor Michael Shank, Professor, History of Science and Integrated Liberal Studies, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Shank will discuss astronomy at the time of Galileo including the politics of Galileo's scientific discoveries. Shank's broad interests include the physical sciences before 1700 with a primary research focus on late medieval natural philosophy and astronomy. The Whitesell Memorial Lecture is named for Dr. Patricia (Sandy) Whitesell, former director of U-M's Detroit Observatory and a driving force behind the restoration of this 1854 gem.
Hatcher Library Gallery
University of Michigan
920 North University
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, February 14, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: How Earth Got its Water

Speaker: Professor Ted Bergin (UM Astronomy)
In this talk we will explore the chemistry of our own origins with a focus on water, the most important molecule for life on our planet. We will discuss how water is formed in the depths of interstellar space and is incorporated into the young Earth. We will also consider whether and how other water-rich planets might be found.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, February 14, 7 - 8:30 pm
Campus Star Parties

Multiple telescopes hosted by the University Lowbrow Astronomers and the Student Astronomical Society (weather permitting). All ages. Advance reservations required. $5/adults, $2/children, U-M students free (shuttle bus provided).
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For more information (734) 647 - 7600

Tuesday, February 17, 7 - 8:30 pm
Josie Kearns Poetry Reading

U-M poet reads from her new work, The Theory of Everything
Shaman Drum Bookshop
311-315 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 pm
Hatcher Library Gallery Films: Queen of Outer Space

With Zsa Zsa Gabor. Three American astronauts are on the first manned mission to Venus. They arrive on Venus and find the planet to be inhabited solely by women with high heels and short dresses. Their queen hates men; they are immediately imprisoned. Suspecting the astronauts to be spies, she now plans to destroy the Earth. So now it's up to the three men (and some friendly Venusians) to overthrow the wicked queen and save the Earth.
Hatcher Library Gallery, Room 100
920 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 pm
Eyes on the Universe Lecture Series: "Revealing the Universe from Space"

This lecture will be given by Jon Miller, U-M Asronomy.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Thursday, February 19, 4 - 7 pm
Celestial Maps: Third Thursday in the Map Library

Historical celestial maps.
Hatcher Library Gallery
920 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Astronomy of the 21st Century Distinguished Speaker Series: "Unveiling the Black Hole at the Center of our Galaxy"

Lecture will be given by 2008 MacArthur Fellow, Andrea Ghez of UCLA. Telescope viewing at Angell Hall following lecture (weather permitting)
1800 Dow Chemistry Building
930 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Sunday, February 22, 1 - 3 pm
Getting Started in Astronomy

“You’ve read the book, you’ve seen the TV show, you’d love to be an amateur astronomer, but those telescopes look so expensive. Find out how to really get started in amateur astronomy without emptying your wallet.” –Shannon Murphy, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Michigan Solar System Ambassador and University of
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road Library
Community Meeting Room
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1377.
Visit ypsilibrary.org for more information.

Monday, February 23, 3:30-5 pm
Science Career Workshop

Students in grades 6-9 (and parents, too!) are encouraged to attend a FREE science career workshop where they will learn how careers in science and technology can be fun and exciting, and how education in these fields is financially possible for everyone.
Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker Road Library
Community Meeting Room
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
To register call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1340.
Visit ypsilibrary.org for more information.

Tuesday, February 24, 6 - 8:30 pm
LittleBigPlanet Tournament Grades 6-12

LittleBigPlanet is the hottest thing for PlayStation 3: it’s a fast-moving, breathtaking platform race for four people, where the players can make the levels! Come and celebrate this year’s Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads and join us in our first LittleBigPlanet Tournament! The top three finalists will be awarded prizes.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Thusday, February 26, 7 - 8:30 pm
UFOs Over Michigan? A Discussion with UFO Expert William J. Konkolesky

Are UFO’s real? William J. Konkolesky, Michigan director of the Mutual UFO Network, will discuss UFOs and Michigan sightings during the 1960s in Hillsdale and Ann Arbor. MUFON is the world's largest civilian UFO research organization.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Saturday, February 28, 10 - 11 am
Family Science Fun Workshop – Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space!

Find out what makes something a planet, and learn all about the planets in our Solar System. Discover how these planets move around the Sun. Explore the air and weather on other planets. Design a life form that might survive on another planet! Held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. For children ages 6 - 11 accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Details: 327-4200
or visit aadl.org

Saturday, February 28, 2 - 3 pm
Family Science Fun Workshop – Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space!

Find out what makes something a planet, and learn all about the planets in our Solar System. Discover how these planets move around the Sun. Explore the air and weather on other planets. Design a life form that might survive on another planet! Held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. For children ages 6 - 11 accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Ann Arbor District Library - Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Details: 327-4200
or visit aadl.org

Saturday, February 28, 2-4 pm
Crafternoons @ Superior: Fun with the Sun

Attention soon-to-be astronomers! Please come join us to learn more about one of the most useful astronomical tools of the past and present. Create your very own sundial. This workshop is for youth ages 8 – 18.
Ypsilanti District Library
8975 MacArthur Blvd.
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-3747.

Wednesday, March 4, 5:00 pm
Program in the Environment Lecture

Speaker: Robert S. Chen, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Wednesday March 4, 2009, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reading The Universe - A Panel Of Today's Best SciFi Writers

Learn what's in store for the future of Science Fiction when three of today’s best science fiction writers - Tobias S. Buckell, Steven Harper Piziks and Sarah Zettel – join forces for a discussion and book signing in conjunction with The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, which this year focuses on the theme The Universe: Yours To Discover. Books will be on sale at the event, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.
Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born speculative fiction writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has published stories in various magazines and anthologies. He is a Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist and has written three novels: Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, and Sly Mongoose. He is currently working on the Halo novel, Halo: The Cole Protocol.
Steven Harper Piziks was born in Saginaw, Michigan and currently lives with his wife and three sons near Ann Arbor. His novels include In the Company of Mind and Corporate Mentality, both science fiction published by Baen Books. Writing as Steven Harper for Roc Books, he has produced The Silent Empire series.
Sarah Zettel is a science fiction and fantasy author, currently living in Ypsilanti. Her fourteen novels include the award-winning Reclamation and Fool’s War, a New York Times notable book. Most recently she has become the project manager for Book View Cafe, an online cooperative venture by 23 noted SF authors, including Vonda N. McIntyre and Ursula K. LeGuin to bring new work in new formats direct to the reader.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Friday, March 6 - Friday, April 10
Silence

Mixed media installation by Jim Cogswell inspired by texts and astronomical images. Reception on Friday, March 6, 5 - 7 pm.
Residential College Gallery
The University of Michigan
701 E. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/exhibitions.asp for more information

Friday, March 6, 8:00 pm
M-Flicks Film Series: The Fifth Element

Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, March 7, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: Building Planets - When and How?

Speaker: Professor Nuria Calvet (UM Astronomy)
Over the past five years, the Spitzer Space telescope has made it possible to conduct large surveys at sensitivities and wavelengths that were formerly unattainable from the ground. These surveys have given us unprecedented information on where stars form, what is the nature of their surrounding disks, and how and when planets begin to form on those disks. We will review this information in this talk.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, March 7, 8 pm
Campus Star Parties

Multiple telescopes hosted by the University Lowbrow Astronomers and the Student Astronomical Society (weather permitting). No reservations required. Free.
Ingalls Mall

Sunday, March 8, 2 - 3:30 pm
Discover a Universe of Robots

See demonstrations of robots in action as the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Area Robotics Club members demonstrate and discuss their robots. For children ages 6 - 11 accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Tuesday, March 10, 4:00 pm
The Henry Russel Lecture: Civil Space and the National Agenda

Speaker: Lennard A. Fisk, U-M Space Sciences
Rackham Amphitheatre
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Science Cafe Series - Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe

Speakers: Dragan Hutterer and Tim McKay, U-M Physics
The discovery that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up has generated waves in the field of cosmology and presents us with a grand mystery: what is the origin and nature of Dark Energy, the stuff that causes the accelerated expansion? How will researchers find out more? Sponsored by the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics.
Conor O'Neill's Pub
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Visit http://lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum/programs/specialprogs/sciencecafes for more information

Wednesday, March 11, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Researcher Herman Bender Discusses Prehistoric Astronomy in the Upper Midwest

Over the past quarter century, a new field of study called archeoastronomy has developed, investigating astronomical alignments that may have been incorporated or utilized in prehistoric times by ancient people. Years of field research at petroform sites may prove that some of the most unique and oldest archeoastronomy sites in North America - possibly as old as the pyramids in Egypt - are located in southeastern Wisconsin. Join us to learn more about this fascinating topic as independent researcher and amateur astronomer (46 years) Herman Bender discusses Prehistoric Astronomy In The Upper Midwest.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Friday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Astronomy of the 21st Century Distinguished Speaker Series: "Binary Pulsars and Relativistic Gravity"

Lecture will be given by 1993 Nobel Prize Winner, Joseph H. Taylor of Princeton. Telescope viewing at Angell Hall following lecture (weather permitting)
1800 Dow Chemistry Building
930 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, March 13, 7 pm
SciFi Channel’s Ghost Hunters: Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson
Eastern Michigan University’s Pease Auditorium

Plumbers by day; ghost hunters by night. You may have seen Grant and Jason on their popular SciFi Channel series, Ghost Hunters. Now you have a chance to see them in person when the guys from TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) visit Ypsilanti to share their stories about documented hauntings from around the country. General admission tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased at the EMU Convocation Ticket Office, online at www.emich.edu/convocation, or by phone at (734) 487-2282 beginning January 5.
For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1301.

Saturday, March 14, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Detroit Observatory Open Houses

Docent-led tours of the restored 1854 observatory.
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://bentley.umich.edu/observatory/activities.php for more information.

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: Amateur Astronomy - From Ann Arbor to the Universe

Speaker: University Lowbrow Astronomers (an Ann Arbor-based astronomy community)
Astronomy is not just for the professionals. Everyone can explore planets, comets, star clusters and galaxies using backyard telescopes and binoculars. In this talk, the University Lowbrow Astronomers will show us how.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, March 14, 2009: 11:00 am & 12:00 pm
The Universe As Seen Through The Pioneer High School Argus Planetarium

Steve Schaffer, longtime Director of the Argus Planetarium, will lead viewers through a compelling presentation. The event will be held in the planetarium - the oldest known public school planetarium in continuous operation in the US - which is on the second floor at the west end of the high school. Seating is limited, so please arrive early.
Pioneer High School
601 West Stadium
Ann Arbor, MI
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm
Eyes on the Universe Lecture Series: "Hot Places, A Michigan Story of the Exploration of Mercury"

This lecture will be given by Thomas Zurbuchen of U-M Space Sciences.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, March 20, 8:00 pm
M-Flicks Film Series: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, March 21, 10 - 11 am
Beyond Earth - Exploring Outer Space!

Find out how to survive in space and prepare a meal for an out of this world trip. Held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. For children ages 6 - 11 accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Details: 327-4200
or visit aadl.org

Saturday, March 21, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: Supermassive Black Holes and the Evolution of Galaxies

Speaker: Professor Doug Richstone, Lawrence H. Aller Professor of Astronomy (UM Astronomy)
Supermassive black holes have been hinted at by power of quasars discovered in the 1960s. Their existence and ubiquity was only firmly established in the 1990s. They have been with us since the birth of galaxies and influence galaxy structure in ways we can see, and probably others not yet understood.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, March 21, 2 - 3 pm
Beyond Earth - Exploring Outer Space!

Find out how to survive in space and prepare a meal for an out of this world trip. Held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History. For children ages 6 - 11 accompanied by an adult caregiver.
Ann Arbor District Library - Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Details: 327-4200
or visit aadl.org

Sunday, March 22, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Detroit Observatory Open Houses

Docent-led tours of the restored 1854 observatory.
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://bentley.umich.edu/observatory/activities.php for more information.

Sunday, March 22, 4:00 pm
The Planets
Ann Arbor Sympony Orchestra Family Concert

Bring your light sabre and droids! This is the music of outer space by way of Hollywood. First, relive the granddaddy of all space films, Star Wars. We’ll also play the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey and selections from Holst’s The Planets, which was used in The Right Stuff. Two stars of tomorrow will play string solos, and you’ll hear Theresa Martin’s music based on Dark Life of the Night Girl, by MacArthur Winner Thylias Moss. Concertgoers are encouraged to come as their favorite character from a space movie or book. Immediately prior to the concert, several family-friendly activities will take place in the lobby for ticket holders. $12/adults, $5/children
Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For details, visit: http://www.a2so.com/concerts_and_programs/family_concerts

Wednesday, March 25
Ford Motor Company Distinguished Lecture in Physics

Speaker: Alan Guth, MIT
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Wednesday, March 25, 8:30 - 10 pm
Field Astronomy

Naked-eye stargazing workshops at Matthei Botanical Gardens. All ages. Advance reservations required. $5/adults, $2/children, U-M students free.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For more information (734) 647 - 7600

Thursday March 26, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
NASA Astronomer Sten Odenwald Discusses What's New With The NASA Space Program

The Library is extremely pleased to host well-known NASA Astronomer and author Sten Odenwald to discuss what NASA is up to in the 21st century as well as the impediments to its success. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about astronomy, from an award-winning expert. Sten Odenwald is an active NASA educator and author whose media contributions include The Washington Post, Sky and Telescope and National Public Radio. Odenwald has also worked with teachers around the country to develop classroom materials based on his work at NASA.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library
343 South Fifth Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Details: 327-8301
or visit aadl.org

Thursday, March 26 - Saturday, March 28, 7:30 pm; Sunday, March 29, 2 pm
The Life of Galileo

Theater production by Bertolt Brecht. Panel discussion on Saturday, March 28, 2pm.
$10/adults, students with ID free.
Residential College Auditorium
The University of Michigan
701 E. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, March 27, 6-8 pm
Final Friday Family Film Series: October Sky

Get through the winter chills! Join us for a free after-hours movie on the big screen. Bring a picnic blanket. Free popcorn and lemonade provided. Children under 13 must be accompanied by parent or caregiver. Tonight we’ll watch October Sky (PG rated) which is based on a true story featured in the book Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. It tells the story of four high school students from Coalwood, West Virginia who explore amateur rocketry eventually taking them to the local science fair.
Ypsilanti District Library
229 W. Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1385.

Saturday, March 28, 9:00 - 5:00 pm
Beyond Earth: A Space Discovery Day

Hands on stations, demonstrations, experiments, and craft activities for families.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Saturday, March 28, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: Black Holes along the Cosmic Time

Speaker: Professor Marta Volonteri (UM Astronomy)
We detect "supermassive" black holes in galaxy centers today. Their masses can be millions or billions or suns, almost as massive as a dwarf galaxy. What are the origins of these black holes? Professor Volonteri will discuss how these black holes were formed shortly after the Big Bang, and what their role on our galaxy is.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Sunday March 29, 2009: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
The Detroit Observatory and the Victorian Space Race

Are you curious about how the 1854 Detroit Observatory came to be – and why it is in Ann Arbor, NOT Detroit? Michigan is not the most likely place to build a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory. However, the Detroit Observatory, named in honor of major donors from Detroit, was the centerpiece of President Henry Philip Tappan's efforts to transform the University of Michigan into one of the first research universities in the United States. Karen Wright, Program Coordinator for the University of Michigan Detroit Observatory will discuss the people, the ideas, the technology and the economics that resulted in the creation and preservation of this 19th century observatory.
Ann Arbor District Library - Pittsfield Branch
2359 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
For more information call 327-4200 or visit aadl.org

Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm
University of Michigan - Spotlight Series Event on Astronomy

Peggy Daub from the Special Collections Library will be exhibiting and speaking on the University of Michgian's famed Galileo letter. This 400-year-old letter documents Galileo's first sketching of the motion of the moons of Jupiter. Come by and see the letter for yourself and take a copy home with you! There will be free coffee and tea and a viewing of the film version of "Seeing In The Dark" following the viewing of the letter. Please join us!
Shapiro Undergraduate Library - basement 136
919 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Contact Emily Hamstra at ehamstra@umich.edu for more information

Friday, April 3, 7:30 pm
Astronomy of the 21st Century Distinguished Speaker Series: "The Future of Our Universe"

The lecture will be given by 1996 Warner Prize winner, Fred Williams of U-M. Telescope viewing at Angell Hall following lecture (weather permitting)
1800 Dow Chemistry Building
930 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Friday, April 3 - Saturday, May 2
Out There

Astronomical images and fine art
Work • Detroit
3663 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/exhibitions.asp for more information

Saturday, April 4, 10:00 - 4:00pm
Physicspalooza

A science extravaganza focusing on astronomy and astrophysics. Free with Museum admission.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For more information, visit http://www.aahom.org/events/whats_new/

Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am
Saturday Morning Physics: Milky Way Galaxy - Keeper of the Darkest Secrets of the Universe

Speaker: Professor Oleg Gnedin (UM Astronomy)
Our cosmic backyard contains keys to the biggest questions in the Universe: the nature and structure of dark matter. Professor Gnedin will discuss current theoretical and observational studies of the distribution of dark matter on smallest scales and the search for the dark matter particle.
Dennison Building, Rm 170
501 East University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI
Visit http://www.lsa.umich.edu/universe/events.asp for more information

Saturday, April 4, 8 pm
Campus Star Parties

Multiple telescopes hosted by the University Lowbrow Astronomers and the Student Astronomical Society (weather permitting). No reservations required. Free.
Ingalls Mall

Sunday, April 4, noon - 4:00 pm
Physicspalooza

A science extravaganza focusing on astronomy and astrophysics. Free with Museum admission.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
220 E. Ann Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
For more information, visit http://www.aahom.org/events/whats_new/

Sunday, April 5, 4:00 pm
FestiFools Parade

Annual street festival of huge puppets and April foolery.
Main St. between William and Washington
For more information, visit http://festifools.org/.

Saturday, April 11, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Detroit Observatory Open Houses

Docent-led tours of the restored 1854 observatory.
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://bentley.umich.edu/observatory/activities.php for more information.

Wednesday, April 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Science Cafe Series - Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration

Speakers: Tony England, former astronaut and Associate Dean, U-M College of Engineering; Doug Richstone, Chair, U-M Astronomy
We will discuss NASA’s plans for the space program. From a scientific and policy perspective, what are the pros and cons of manned vs. unmanned space exploration? Are there potentially more meaningful alternatives to the current plan for human space flight? Sponsored by UM Credit Union.
Conor O'Neill's Pub
318 South Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Visit http://lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum/programs/specialprogs/sciencecafes for more information

Saturday, April 18, 11:00- 3:00 pm
Solar System Walk

Pick up your passport and tour the solar system on the U-M Diag and Ingalls Mall. Presented by the Exhibit Museum of Natural History.

Sunday, April 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Detroit Observatory Open Houses

Docent-led tours of the restored 1854 observatory.
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://bentley.umich.edu/observatory/activities.php for more information.

Wednesday, April 22, 8:30 - 10 pm
Field Astronomy

Naked-eye stargazing workshops at Matthei Botanical Gardens. All ages. Advance reservations required. $5/adults, $2/children, U-M students free.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
1800 N. Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
For more information (734) 647 - 7600

Thursday, April 23, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Detroit Observatory Open Houses

Docent-led tours of the restored 1854 observatory.
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Visit http://bentley.umich.edu/observatory/activities.php for more information.

Sunday, April 26, 2 - 4 pm
U-M Radio Astronomy Observatory Open House

Tour and introductory lecture at 2:15pm
Peach Mountain Observatory, Dexter MI