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When eclipse hits NJ, weird things likely to happen

posted Aug 9, 2017, 5:46 AM by Anthony Pisano

Check out the article posted in the Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/local/2017/08/09/eclipse-hits-nj-weird-things-likely-happen/104411006/

Whenever a solar eclipse occurs, weird things seem to happen.

“It’s going to be very interesting, even here in Jersey, with only 73 percent of the sun covered. It’s going to get cooler outside. It’s definitely going to get darker outside, almost like dusk or sunset around here. And it’s going to be kind of weird,” said Anthony Pisano, 46, president of the Morris Museum Astronomical Society.

“I remember back in the late 1970s, being in school. We didn’t get a total solar eclipse but we got something similar to this. The dummies at the school, because they didn’t know any better, they closed windows even though it wasn’t raining outside. And yes, it got dark but it didn’t get pitch black outside. There’s a lot of things you can read about online, stuff you notice during an eclipse. If you’re in the farmlands and an eclipse happens, the animals don’t know what’s going on and they start heading back to the barn. They think it’s time to go to sleep. The birds stop singing so a lot of weird things happen when an eclipse takes place.”

To help anyone not planning to travel view the solar eclipse safely, the Morris Museum is hosting “The Great American Solar Eclipse – A Viewing” from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 21 in the museum’s Bickford Theatre. The special free event will feature a live viewing via a NASA feed for one of the largest astronomical events in many decades. The museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.

“We’re going to have some solar telescopes set up so that you can actually look at the sun safely and we’re going to have some special viewing glasses for people to take a look at the sun. It’s not like you have to there at exactly one o’clock or you have to be there at exactly three o’clock. You can come and go. We’re going to have live feeds from NASA with all the different telescopes from across the United States that we’ll be showing in the theater,” said Pisano, a resident of Boonton Twp.

The eclipse will begin at 1:22:02 p.m. with 73 percent maximum coverage at 2:44:28 p.m. and will end at 4:00:59 p.m. For more information, call 973-971-3700 or email to info@morrismuseum.org. To learn more about the Morris Museum Astronomical Society, call 973-637-0178 or visit http://www.mmastrosociety.org/.

“I think from approximately 12:30, 12:45-ish when you actually start noticing something till about 4 o’clock. The actual eclipse path goes from Oregon all the way through to South Carolina. Depending how far north or south of that eclipse line is how much of the percentage of the sun is going to be covered. You won’t see the total eclipse here in New Jersey. It will almost look like somebody took a bite out of a big round cookie.”

Pisano strongly stresses never looking directly at the sun except during a total solar eclipse using ISO-certified glasses. Most of the libraries in Morris County have started giving them free to visitors and the Morris Museum’s gift store is also selling them.

“Anything beyond that you can do damage to your eyes. There are eclipse glasses that are available from Amazon and other places but you have to make sure they are ISO-certified because there’s a lot of garbage floating around out there with people saying you can look at the sun with these and you’ll wind up hurting your eyes.”

When the museum hosted a special viewing for the public of the Transit of Venus in 2012, more than 150 people showed up on a cloudy day. Pisano thinks if the day brings bright blue skies, the museum could see more than 500 visitors for this latest solar eclipse.

“Myself, I’m either heading to South Carolina or out to Nebraska. This eclipse happens to be passing over Nashville so you can’t get near Nashville and I believe it’s passing over Minneapolis-St. Paul. But when I looked at a map, I said, you know what, it’s flat, there’s nobody out there, so maybe driving out a few days before to Nebraska will be the best bet.”

North American stargazers don’t have to wait long for the next total solar eclipse which will pass over Mexico, the United States and Canada on April 8, 2024. Totality first touches Mexico, enters the United States at Texas and cuts a diagonal to Maine before heading to the Canadian maritime provinces.

“We’ve waited 99 years for this one so the one in 2024 is literally around the corner. That’s going to be the big one for the Northeast, you can go right over the border to Pennsylvania,” said Pisano, who received his first telescope from his dad in 1986 for the passing of Halley’s Comet.

The Great American Solar Eclipse – A Viewing

posted Aug 1, 2017, 8:05 PM by Anthony Pisano

If you are not planning to travel to view the total solar eclipse, join the Morris Museum’s Astronomical Society in the Bickford Theatre for a live viewing via a NASA feed.  It’s one of the largest astronomical events in several decades.

Begin – 1:22:02pm
Mid -2:44:28pm 73% max coverage
End – 4:00:59pm

Don’t miss this special free event!

http://morrismuseum.org/lectures/

Picnic Postponed

posted Aug 1, 2017, 8:03 PM by Anthony Pisano

We have run into snag in the scheduling of the MMAS/NJAG Aug. 26th picnic.  While planning for the event, the two club boards realized that due to the Aug 21st solar eclipse and the travel schedule of many of the participants, attendance to the picnic would be rather limited. 

 It has been decided to postpone the event until September 9th with a backup date of September 23rd.  The weather will still be warm and the daylight will give the attendee’s time to socialize while allowing for a full evening of observing.  

Great American Eclipse in NJ

posted Jul 23, 2017, 1:26 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 1:30 PM ]

Join us for the Great American Eclipse! Telescopes, LIVE NASA feed, kids crafts.
1PM - 4PM
At the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

Begin - 1:22:02pm
Mid -2:44:28pm 73% max coverage
End - 4:00:59pm

More info:
Morris Museum Astronomical Society
mmastronomicalsociety@gmail.com
www.mmastrosociety.org
973 637-0178
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/mmastrosociety

Thank you

posted May 1, 2017, 3:14 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated May 1, 2017, 3:18 PM ]

Thank you to all our volunteers and the staff at the Morris Museum for an enjoyable and successful Astronomy Day 2017. I'd like to especially thank the public for sharing the day with us and hope they all enjoyed yourselves.

Astronomy Day 2017

posted Mar 26, 2017, 10:10 AM by Anthony Pisano

Speakers:

 

12:30PM – Karl Hricko Journey Through the Cosmos

 

1:30PM – Krishnadas Kootale – “Grand Finale at Saturn

 

2:30PM – Helder Jacinto – “The Art and Science of Meteorites

 

Children’s Craft Projects:

 

UV Beaded Bracelets - Nano Science

Museum Wide Scavenger Hunt

 

Additional Activities:

Telescope Training & Telescope Clinic

(bring your scope if you have one!)

NASA 3D Posters/Pictures

Remote Video Astronomy Display

Meteorite Display

Telescope Display

Touch the Music with Claudia Lemmerz -12:00, 1:00, and 2:00pm

Question and Answer Table

Solar Observing (weather permitting)

Night Sky Observing (weather permitting) 8:30PM-10:00PM

 

Astronomy Day 2017 Press Release

posted Mar 26, 2017, 10:09 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Mar 26, 2017, 10:11 AM ]


For Immediate Release: April 2017

Contact:         Morris Museum
973.971.3700
info@morrismuseum.org

 

 

 

Morris Museum Reaches for the Stars with Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 29, 11am – 4pm

 

(Morristown, NJ)— On Saturday, April 29, 2017, National Astronomy Day, the Morris Museum and The Morris Museum Astronomical Society will host a fun-filled family event that is out of this world!  Astronomy programs, children’s activities, and interactive displays will be scheduled throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects (weather permitting) from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. All Astronomy Day activities are free with museum admission.

Experts from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will be on hand to provide lectures, telescope training (bring your family’s telescope), solar observation and night sky observing. Weather permitting, Astronomy Day visitors will be able to view the sun through special filters, revealing sunspots, flares and prominences.

Guest Speakers Topics: “A Journey Through the Cosmos”, “Grand Finale at Saturn Synopsis: A ringside view of Saturn through the eyes of NASA's Cassini mission” & The Art and Science of Meteorites

Children’s activities include:

 

·         UV beaded bracelets, Nano Science on the molecular scale with posters and hands on experimentation with lights

·         A museum wide scavenger hunt.

For more information about Astronomy Day, please email info@morrismuseum.org or call 973.971.3700.

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and humanities through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year.  These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973-971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

 

Astronomy Day 2016

posted Apr 4, 2016, 10:45 AM by Anthony Pisano

Thank you to all the members helped make this year's Astronomy Day a great success!   While the weather did not co-operate with us, the Museum did record 512 guests, with a good amount of children this year.  Our guest speakers were well received and the Dodge Room was filled for all three speakers.  I'd also like to thank Linda and the staff of the Museum for helping up put on a great festival day.  Please click the link below for press coverage from the Daily Record.

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/life/2016/04/02/hundreds-visit-morris-museum-during-astronomy-day-event/82510902/ 
  

Astronomy Day 2016

posted Mar 29, 2016, 5:20 PM by Anthony Pisano

REMINDER:  This Saturday is Astronomy Day 2016 at the Morris Museum.  Doors open at 11AM (setup time 10AM).  Evening observing 8:00PM-9:30PM

We would truly appreciate all of our member’s participation in this event.  Weather looks favorable with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 50's for outdoor solar and astronomical observing.  We would like to make this an all hands deck event to help make the day run smoothly as possible.  Please make your calendars and plan to attend this yearly event.  


Astronomy Day 2016 Press Release

posted Mar 15, 2016, 3:21 PM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 3:23 PM ]

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2016

Contact:         Morris Museum

973 971-3700

Morris Museum Reaches for the Stars with Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 02, 11am – 4pm

 

(Morristown, NJ)— On Saturday, April 02, 2016, the Morris Museum and The Morris Museum Astronomical Society will host a fun-filled family event that is out of this world!  Astronomy programs, children’s activities, and interactive displays will be scheduled throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with night sky observing of the moon, planets and other celestial objects (weather permitting) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All Astronomy Day activities are free with museum admission.

Experts from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society will be on hand to provide lectures, telescope training (bring your family’s telescope), solar observation and night sky observing. Weather permitting, Astronomy Day visitors will be able to view the sun through special filters, revealing sunspots, flares and prominences.

Guest Speaker Topics: “Night Sky Landscapes”, “Hubble Space Telescope: Past, Present, and Future” & Let's Live in Space”

Guest speakers:

 

Night Sky Landscapes by Stan Honda, 12:30PM:

Our night sky is an awe-inspiring sight seen from dark sky sites. Stan Honda will show night sky landscapes and other astronomical images taken in national parks, locations around the world and even New York City.  He'll show the beauty of the night sky and why we need to preserve this diminishing resource

 

Hubble Space Telescope: Past, Present, and Future by Carlton (Tad) Pryor, 1:30PM:

About to enter its 26th year of operation, the Hubble Space Telescope has been enormously successful.  However, getting to this current state was a long and often rocky (and expensive) road.  He will discuss its history, why Hubble can do what ground-based telescopes cannot, and what the future holds in store.

 

 Let's Live in Space by Karl Hricko, 2:30PM:

Dr. Hricko is the Science Editor at WNTI (formerly at 91.9 FM, now streaming on the web) and an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College. His presentation will describe the colonization of space. It includes descriptions of living in an orbiting settlement or on the surface of the Moon or Mars.


Children’s activities include:

·         Pom-pom alien

·         Nebula in a jar

·         Sun-Earth-Moon craft

·         Constellation craft

For more information about Astronomy Day, please email info@morrismuseum.org or call 973.971.3700.

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and humanities through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year.  These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973-971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.

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