Adirondack Public Observatory lectures at the Wild Center

TUPPER LAKE - The Adirondack Public Observatory returns to The Wild Center on Friday nights in May with a series of free public lectures beginning at 7 p.m.

On Friday, May 7 is "What the Weather Wuz When We Wuz We'uns" with Gib Brown, WPTZ Meteorologist. Thoughts of the "good ole days" are usually filled with warm memories and incredible amounts of snow. Blizzards seemed to occur almost weekly and the cold, well, it has never been colder than in our recollections from our childhood. Are these perceptions accurate? Were the winters more severe in the past? Join Meteorologist Gib Brown as he takes you for a walk down weather's memory lane.

Gib Brown, a retired earth science teacher from Ausable Valley High School, is recipient of an "Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award" by the National Association of Earth Science Teachers. He is also a Meteorologist (that's weatherman for most of us) for Channel 5 from Plattsburgh, and a trustee of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

On Friday, May 14 is "Freeze Frame: How do they get those wonderful pictures?" with Marc Staves, Adirondack Public Observatory. Colorful images of planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and other celestial objects can be found everywhere. Did you know that many of the objects in those photographs are not even visible to the naked eye? Some of them are difficult to see even with a telescope. Experienced amateur astronomer, Marc will show you how he transforms those faint celestial objects through the art of astrophotography.

Marc Staves works for the Village of Tupper Lake Electric Department and to some of us he is known as the "Techno Wizard" because of his technological expertise. An experienced amateur astronomer Marc is also the president of the Adirondack Public Observatory.

On Friday, May 21 is "Mars: What Have We Learned About the Red Planet?" with Jeff Miller, St. Lawrence University. We have long been fascinated by Mars: its reddish hue, its brightness in the night sky, the strange way it appears to move amongst the background stars. Was there water on Mars in the distant past? And did any form of life exist there? We'll discuss the history of our love affair with the Red Planet, and discuss some of the more recent discoveries made by robotic explorers.

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