IDA Annual General Meeting: November 10, 2012

The first inaugural Astronomy & Science Expo (ASAE) in the Southwest region will be hosted November 10-11 at the Tucson Convention Center. Exhibitors and manufacturers of astronomical products from around the world will feature top telescopes, binoculars, mounts, cameras, domes, and accessories.

World-renowned speakers such as Astronaut Donald Pettit (just home from the International Space Station); Dr. Steele Hill of NASA SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory); and Geoff Notkin, from Discovery Channel’s “Meteorite Men” will make appearances along with others.

Events include, but are not limited to, lab tours at the University of Arizona, an imaging workshop by astrophotographer Adam Block, digital planetarium shows, daily solar observing, and nighttime star parties.

A wide variety of exhibitors will also attend including Astronomy Magazine, Astronomers without Borders, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Kielder Observatory, NASA James Webb Space Telescope, Tele Vue, and of course, the International Dark-Sky Association.

The ticket price for Saturday attendance to ASAE, allowing access to all exhibits and talks, is $10 and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time (preferred) on ASAE’s website. To buy tickets and to see a full list of speakers, vendors and exhibitors visit ASAE’s website: http://www.scienceandastronomy.com

In addition to IDA’s attendance and participation at ASAE, IDA plans to hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for IDA members and non-members. During this AGM invited speakers and experts will address dark sky issues. IDA will also host a dark sky workshop. Tickets for the IDA reception will be available at the IDA booth during ASAE for anyone who would like to attend. More information on IDA’s AGM will be posted in the IDA E-newsletter and the next Nightscape magazine.

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