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 Post subject: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: January 11th, 2016, 2:13 pm 
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For many amateur astronomers and space enthusiasts, "cosmology" seems to be the most untouchable and nebulous section of physics. Only books and television programs and internet websites will get you into the secret domain of cosmology, some think. That's not true! For several years at the Highland Road Park Observatory, a fascinating program has shown hundreds of visitors the strange world of small-scale physical properties--and that program is returning.

For the seventh consecutive year at HRPO, big things in the Universe take a backseat to all things tiny. Dr. Juana Moreno and her colleagues return for another celebration of nanotechnology!

When reduced to the width of a human hair or smaller, ordinary materials often take on extraordinary properties. The iridescent colors in butterfly wings are not created by pigments but instead by tiny patterns on the wings. Tinted glass in old cathedrals was made by mixing different sizes of gold particles to create a wide variety of colors. We are just beginning to understand these fascinating phenomena and their potential uses in everyday life. Nanotechnology promises advanced information processing and storage, new medical treatments and much more!

Children and adults alike will---
---be able to see how big they are compared to nanoscale objects.
---understand how a Scanning Probe Microscope explores the nanoworld.
--- try to pour water out of a nano-cup.
---learn about nanomaterials used stain-free clothes.
---have a chance to build models of nanoscale structures.
---play with liquid crystals.
---make fluids part in the middle by applying magnets to them.

Solar viewing will take place this day from 2:30pm to 4:30pm! There is still one more good season of solar activity, so come see it through HRPO’s Coronado Solar Max II!

Lunar viewing will take place this day from 4:30pm to 6pm. Have you ever seen a magnified daytime Moon? Our nearest celestial neighbor tinted with the shade of a blue springtime sky is a sight to behold!

The 2016 NanoDays event is Saturday 16 April from 2pm to 6pm. There is no admission fee and the event is for adults and for children six and older.

More information:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/nano.html


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: April 4th, 2016, 5:53 pm 
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This will be a great year. HRPO Apprentice Henry W. will be assisting at the proceedings, and we're hoping for clear views of the Sun and Moon. During this event, members of the public will be able to purchase if desired a raffle ticket for the International Astronomy Day drawing on 14 May. First prize is an Orion 40th Anniversary Skyquest XT8 Dobsonian Telescope (retail value $499.99). The tickets are five dollars each and the purchaser must be over eighteen. The purchaser need not be present on 14 May to win a prize.

The sponsors of this year's event include Sponsors of this NanoDays event include LSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, LSU’s Department of Chemistry, the Society of Physics Students, and the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials.

About the Consortium:
http://cimm.wp.eng.lsu.edu/about-the-center/

Timeline for the CCT:
https://www.cct.lsu.edu/about/cct-history-timeline

"Nanotechnology 101" will explain a lot for those interested in determining whether NanoDays is for them...
http://www.nano.gov/nanotech-101


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: April 12th, 2016, 11:19 am 
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A friendly reminder that the Rocket Range's next launch time is actually during NanoDays. However, anyone (over eighteen) who wants to bid for the rocket launch should show up before 2pm. The rocket is an Estes Firestreak SST.

About the Rocket Range:
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/rocket_donations.html


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: April 12th, 2016, 4:36 pm 
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Happy news! We've just learned that Mario Losanov's City Gelato cart will be at the NanoDays celebration! I personally requested lemon and caramel but he has the ability to bring about six different flavors.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: April 14th, 2016, 2:02 pm 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's location during NanoDays Saturday...
precipitation potential, 19%
sky cover, 75%
relative humidity, 62%
temperature, 25˚C
heat index, 25˚C
surface wind, E 18 km/h


This forecast should be no problem for the main attractions of this event, since they are not weather-dependent.

At 4pm during this event, Dr. Shane Stadler will present "Magnetic Refrigeration: The New Cool". Also, solar glasses are for sale at this time from HRPO at $2.00 per pair. The glasses will show the actual size of the Sun and any prominent sunspots. Do not use the glasses with any magnification device, and follow the printed instructions carefully.


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: April 16th, 2016, 11:11 am 
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Below is the NOAA forecast for HRPO's location during NanoDays today...
precipitation potential, 14%
sky cover, 76%
relative humidity, 70%
temperature, 24˚C
heat index, 24˚C
surface wind, E 16 km/h


It's highly unlikely we'll see the Sun or the Moon, but the nanotechnology demos, gelato and dome tour are still a "go"! (Don't forget five dollars for a raffle ticket.)


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 Post subject: Re: 2016 NanoDays
PostPosted: April 25th, 2016, 6:32 pm 
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It was a good NanoDays. Dozens and dozens (and dozens) of patrons visited to view the different interactive stations. The gelato was delicious! Thanks to Professor Moreno and her students.


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