This Week’s Spotlight: Sisters, OR

Get to know one of our 55 unique RECON communities!

Sisters, OR


Sisters is a charming town in central Oregon with a population of just over 2,000 people. Since Sisters joined in Spring of 2015, the team has grown to include students and teachers from Sisters High School and local community members. The team was initiated by retired park ranger Thomas Jeffrey, local teacher Rima Givot, and the Sisters Astronomy Club. Students Rylee Funk and Alex Burroughs have demonstrated strong leadership for this team. For more information about the Sisters team, check out their Instagram page below!

Astronomy club meeting in Ms. Givot’s room at lunch Wednesday Dec. 7th. Learn more about winter constellations and RECON!

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To explore the full list of RECON communities, visit our communities page. 

If your community is interested in creating a profile either on social media or through the RECON website, email us at recon@calpoly.edu.

RECON Podcasts

We’re excited to announce our series of podcasts! Check out our first episode available on SoundCloud below! In this week’s podcast, Marc Buie describes his current work in preparation for summer occultation campaigns for the New Horizons mission, shares a Venus viewing opportunity, provides tips on timing and sense-up, and previews the April RECON event.

The podcast can be accessed using any browser and no downloads are needed to hear it. Podcasts are now available on itunes and can be found by clicking on the previous link or searching “tnorecon”!

This Week’s Spotlight: Oregon Observatory

The RECON network is made of over 55 communities on the Western United States ranging from Washington to Arizona, made of teachers, students, volunteers, and countless community members who are enthusiastic about science.

Oregon Observatory


The Oregon Observatory is located in Sunriver, a resort community in central Oregon near the Bend area. This community joined RECON in the Spring of 2015 and is made of a team of amateur astronomers and students led by Robert Grossfeld. The Observatory is one of six volunteer communities in the RECON network that has provided their own equipment for observing occultations.

The Observatory is open to the public and serves as an educational and research resource for the Sunriver community. For more information about the Oregon Observatory, visit www.oregonobservatory.org.

To explore the full list of RECON communities, visit our communities page. 

If your community is interested in creating a profile either on social media or through the RECON website, email us at recon@calpoly.edu.

This Week’s Spotlight: Calipatria, CA

The RECON network is made of over 55 communities on the Western United States ranging from Washington to Arizona, made of teachers, students, volunteers, and countless community members who are enthusiastic about science. This year, we are going to be featuring our communities so that we can get to know the unique cities and people that are part of the RECON network.

Calipatria, CA


This week’s feature is Calipatria, CA! This community joined us in November 2014 and is made up of teachers and students from the Astronomy Club at Calipatria High School led by Keitha McCandless. Check out Calipatria’s Facebook profile to learn more about them!

 

 

To explore the full list of RECON communities, visit our communities page. 

If your community is interested in creating a profile either on social media or through the RECON website, email us at recon@calpoly.edu.

This Week’s Spotlight: Quincy, CA

The RECON network is made of over 55 communities on the Western United States ranging from Washington to Arizona, made of teachers, students, volunteers, and countless community members who are enthusiastic about science. This year, we are going to be feautiring our communities so that we can get to know the unique cities and people that are part of the RECON network.

Quincy, CA


This week’s feature is Quincy, CA. Quincy has been part of the RECON project since the start of our pilot project in Fall 2012. Charles Arrowsmith teaches astronomy at Feather River Community College and leads the Quincy RECON team. Students and teachers from both the college and Quincy High School are involved, and the Quincy site was featured in a ScienceNation Video about the project. The Quincy team maintains an active RECON page on their Google+ site. Check it out to learn more about this community!

 

To explore the full list of RECON communities, visit our communities page. 

If your community is interested in creating a profile either on social media or through the RECON website, email us at recon@calpoly.edu.

Lassen Dark Sky Festival

This past summer 12 RECON team members participated in the 4th annual Lassen Dark Sky Festival in August of 2015. Members helped conduct stargazing and discussions about astronomy with over 4,500 visitors.  Since 2012, thousands of spectators visit Lassen national park every year to celebrate special astronomical events including the annular eclipse, the transit of Venus and the Lassen Dark Sky Festival.

Visitors can participate in various activities throughout the festival:

Lassen National Park is a sanctuary of natural darkness and offers spectacular views of the night sky.

Check out our RECON Team members at the Lassen Festival.

Check out more pictures of the Lassen Dark Sky Festival here.

Here are future events dates at Lassen National Park:
August 12-14, 2016 -100th Anniversary of National Park Service and Lassen Festival
August 11-13, 2017  One week before the total solar eclipse
August 3-5, 2018  James Webb Space Telescope launches in October