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Ad Astra Offers Aug 24 Free Cosmophere Event

22 Aug 2019 8:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Teachers, you are invited to the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation’s


At the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS

August 24, 2019 / 1-3 p.m.


THEME: “Black Holes, Humans in Space… and more”


Purpose:  Teachers will be provided useful classroom information on galaxy space exploration and humans in space.


They will:

  • 1.     Hear information on the Event Horizon Telescope and other cutting-edge research into black holes.
  • 2.     Be apprised of a recent discovery of “cold quasars” and what that might mean for stars’ life cycles.
  • 3.     Follow the process by which engineers design habitable environments for astronauts
  • 4.     Be familiarized with the newest technologies being used to explore our solar system.
  • This event is FREE of charge. To register send name, school and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net Certificates of attendance will be available. Geared to middle school on up.

BRIGHT IDEA:  Make a day of it-- attend the “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” free documentary screening for teachers provided by the Cosmosphere at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. For info, go to teachers.  

Speakers and Topics:

NOTE:  Both main speakers are accomplished women scientists—role models for any interested students who would like to come.


Hearts of Darkness: Uncovering the Supermassive Black Holes at Galaxy Centers"

By Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick / University of Kansas


Kirkpatrick is an expert on supermassive black holes. As an observational astronomer, Dr. Kirkpatrick uses data from Spitzer, Hubble, Chandra, and other telescopes to quantify the energy output of supermassive black holes and the amount of star formation in host galaxies. She will share the latest on the Event Horizon Telescope observation and other cutting-edge black hole research. Kirkpatrick recently garnered national attention for her discovery of yet unknown “cold quasars”, a breakthrough that changes scientific thought as to how galaxies mature.


Humans in Space”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

By Dr. Amy Betz / Kansas State University


Heat and water--two big concerns in space. Dr. Betz, of the K-State Department of Mechanical Engineering, will discuss the designing and developing of habitable environments for astronauts. She is currently part of a Kansas multi-university NASA research project to develop more efficient and compact technologies for cooling and water recycling systems in spacecraft. As part of the discussion, she will demonstrate two activities to illustrate principles she works with. This is part of a STEM workshop she is developing for middle school teachers.

“An Interstellar University in the Ad Astra State”

By Steve Durst / AAKF


Steve Durst is a co-founder of the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. Durst, whose Space Age Publishing Company has offices in Hawai’i and California, has focused on space news and exploration for over 40 years. He discusses his hopes for the space sciences in Kansas in the 21st century.  

The Ad Astra Kansas Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on enriching science education in Kansas, especially the space sciences. This FREE educational event is sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation with the generous cooperation of the Cosmosphere. Find us at www.adastra-ks.org  and on Facebook.


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