MB: Astronomy + Nova Science Overnighter at the Observatory

May 21 - 22, 2022 · Pasadena, United States of America
Overnighter for Nova Science SHOOT / LAUNCH! / Astronomy Merit Badge

Dragonauts Crew 333 and Friends will have the unique opportunity to visit the mountaintop where humanity discovered its place in the Universe–from our position in the Milky Way to Hubble’s observations, proving our galaxy is one of billions, all in an expanding Universe.

We will be taking a guided walk around the grounds (two hours or more), a talk on the history of the institution, and visits to the major telescopes including close-up looks at the instruments with descriptions of their operation and of the amazing discoveries made with each. 

We will be learning about the astrophysics that led Hubble to discover the expanding universe with an astronomer from Carnegie Observatories or NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. We will visit all the Mount Wilson telescopes including the 100-inch (celebrating its centennial in November 2018), the 60-inch Telecsope https://www.mtwilson.edu/60-telescope/, the Snow Solar Telescope https://www.mtwilson.edu/solar-observing/, and the 60 and 150-foot Solar Telescopes. http://obs.astro.ucla.edu/towercam.htm

In addition to these historic instruments, which revolutionized astronomy during the first half of the 20th century, we also have the CHARA array, completed in 2004 and operated by Georgia State. This array of telescopes has the highest resolution of any telescope system ever built, including those in space–good enough to observe “star spots” rotating on distant stars. https://www.mtwilson.edu/chara/ 

Einstein came and so did Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan. What better place to get inspired to learn more science?

Dinner and breakfast will be served. 

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FOR WHOM:

Priority for (a) Venturers/Sea Scouts (14-18 years old) planning to earn their Nova Science LAUNCH Award.

b) Scouts BSA (12-17 years old) working the NOVA Science SHOOT Award.

(c) Scouts BSA (12-17) looking to earn the Astronomy merit badge.

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WHAT TO BRING:

Scouts (and adults) will need to bring sleeping bags to spend the night inside the monastery. There are limited beds and rooms but the monastery is COLD at night. 

Scouts BSA will also need to bring (a) one signed blue card, (b) Astronomy merit badge worksheet, (c) pen, and (d) NOVA Science SHOOT worksheet available at http://usscouts.org/advance/nova/workbooks/Scout-Nova-1.pdf .

Venturer/Sea Scouts will bring their Nova Science LAUNCH worksheet available at http://usscouts.org/usscouts/advance/nova/workbooks/Venturer-Nova-1.pdf

***Proof of Covid Vaccination -or- NEGATIVE test results within 24-hours of May 21.

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NOTES - PLEASE READ:

1) COST/PRICE LISTED IS PER PERSON - SCOUT BSA OR VENTURER OR SEA SCOUT OR ADULT.

This is NOT a drop-off. All youth should be accompanied by one parent/guardian (25+) at a ratio of 1-adult for up to 4-youth.

Everyone needs to bring sleeping bags, warm clothes and personal toiletries  - the monastery is COLD at night.

2) Cost listed includes Dinner, Breakfast, Guided Private Tour, Mount Wilson STEM Educational Program, and Nova SCIENCE Program - PER PERSON.

3) Prerequisites to be completed by May 20:

  • LAUNCH Req #1, #2, #3, #5
  • SHOOT! Req #1, #2, #3, #5
  • Astronomy Merit Badge Req #4, #5, #6.

4) Travel arrangements from wherever you are and the Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena is your responsibility.

4) Please make sure you will be checking the email address you provided during the Eventbrite registration process on a regular basis for the updates sent via Eventbrite platform intermittently as responses are required at certain intervals.

5) There are NO REFUNDS unless canceled due to weather or other natural concerns. 

6) For youth privacy and protection, there are NO SUBSTITUTIONS on the roster. 

7) ALL ADULTS ACCOMPANYING YOUTH NEED TO HAVE THEIR OWN TICKET/SPOT ON THE ROSTER.

 


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"LA Lone Scouts" consists of (a) #LoneScoutJason who lives in Los Angeles County.

 

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