Paul Bogard visit highlights week’s astronomy calendar

A couple of appearances by author and dark-sky advocate Paul Bogard highlight this week’s calendar of events.

Bogard, author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown, 2013) will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Seattle Astronomical Society at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 17 in room A102 of the Physics Astronomy Building on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Bogard is a marvelous writer and a wonderful speaker. You can pick up his book at the link above or by clicking the photo to the left. Check out our review of his talk at Town Hall Seattle in 2013.

After speaking with SAS Bogard will head off to eastern Washington, where he will keynote the opening night of the Gorge Night Sky Symposium. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Goldendale Observatory State Park. Bogard will also speak during the symposium workshop, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, August 19 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, Oregon.

The symposium is aimed at building support for protection of the outstanding dark night skies in Goldendale and throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Registration for both days of the symposium is $55 and can be done online. The symposium website has detailed agenda information, and you can also check out our preview post and podcast about the symposium.

Rose City Astronomers in Portland will get a primer on gravitational lensing at their meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 15 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jes Ford, a data science postdoctoral fellow in the eScience Institute at the University of Washington.