Friday Star Parties

Current Schedule 

Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm         
Place: WPS 102        
Observing: Telescopes set up by the MTSU Observatory
Format: 30 - 45 min public lecture followed by Telescope Observing (if clear weather and COVID regulations allow)
Audience: General public, MTSU students, faculty, and staff (kids are welcome)
Cost: FREE

Directions: Free Parking by the science buildings. Use the Main Street Entrance to MTSU, follow Blue Raider Drive past the Cope Building and past Old Main Circle. Turn left at Friendship Street, then go around the roundabout to the science parking lot. From the end of the parking lot enter WPS through the Strobel Lobby and go to the left to WPS 102. The MTSU Observatory is outside of the WPS building.



Current schedule

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May 3, 2024 Dr. Irina Perevalova Black holes, worm tunnels, and other oddities of our Universe  
April 5, 2024  Dr. Gregg McPherson Shoot the Moon (with a Laser)  
March 1, 2024 Dr. Chuck Higgins The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse  
February 2, 2024 Dr. John Wallin Artificial Intelligence in Astronomy   
December 1, 2023 Dr. Irina Perevalova Laws that shaped the Universe   
November 3, 2023 Dr. John Wallin Probing Dark Energy: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope  
October 6, 2023 Dr. Jana Ruth Ford Small Worlds of our Solar System  
September 1, 2023 Dr. Eric Klumpe Gravitational Wave Background  
May 5, 2023 Dr. Neda Naseri The Power of Stars in Our Homes  
April 7, 2023 Dr. Irina Perevalova Plate Tectonics  
March 3, 2023 Dr. Gregg McPherson Inhabiting Other Worlds  
February 3,2023 Dr. Chuck Higgins What is a Green Comet  
December 2, 2022 Dr. Irina Perevalova Cosmic Collisions Revisited  
November 4, 2022 Dr. John Wallin Cosmology and the Big Bang  
October 7, 2022 Dr. Jana Ruth Ford Meteorite Scars in Tennessee  
September 2, 2022 Dr. Abdorreza Samar Bakhsh The Unprecedented Accuracy of OmarKhayyam's Jalali Calendar  
May 6, 2022 Dr. Irina Perevalova The Tour of Other Worlds  
April 1, 2022 Dr. Neda Naseri Mysteries of Cosmic Rays  
March 4, 2022 Dr. Chuck Higgins Winter Sky - Messier Top 10  
February 4, 2022 Dr. Eric Klumpe The Wacky Orbit of Webb Space Telescope  
December 3, 2021 Dr. Nat Smith Search for ET Life  
November 5, 2021 Dr. Irina Perevalova When Worlds Collide  
October 1, 2021 Dr. Eric Klumpe Hawking Radiation  
September 3, 2021 Dr. Chuck Higgins The James Webb Space Telescope  
December 21, 2020 Dr. Chuck Higgins Jupiter Saturn Conjunction Livestream 5:15PM-6:15PM Livestream Video
December 4, 2020 Dr. Chuck Higgins The Great Winter- Solstice Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn  
October 2, 2020 Dr. Eric Klumpe Physics 101, Marvel Style - Gravitation Part 2   
May 1, 2020 TBD Video is not available yet 
April 3, 2020 Dr. Greggory McPherson The Search for Water in the Solar System Video is not available yet 
March 20, 2020 Dr. John Wallin Stone Circles and Archeoastronomy Video is not available yet
February 7, 2020 Dr. Eric Kumpe Physics 101, Marvel Style Video is not available yet 
December 6, 2019  Dr. Chuck Higgins NASA Citizen Science Projects Video  
November 1, 2019 Dr. Irina Perevalova Terraforming Video is not availabe  
October 4, 2019 Dr. Eric Klumpe Physics 101 Marvel Style: Conservation of Momentum Video  
September 27, 2019 Dr. Chuck Higgins Mars Colonization *Special Event with MTSU Dept. of Art and Design Video is not available  
September 6, 2019 Dr. Jana Ruth Ford Summer Triangle Treasure Hunt  Video 
May 3, 2019
Dr. Irina Perevalova 50-yr Anniversary of the Moon Landing 
March 15, 2019
Dr. Jana Ruth Ford Small Bodies in the Solar System
April 5, 2019
Dr. Nat Smith Something About Time
February 1, 2019
Dr. Eric Klumpe Looking inside White Dwarfs
January 20, 2019
Special Event: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing Party 
Sunday 9:00-11:45 pm
 Video is not available 
December 7, 2018
Dr. Eric Klumpe Funky Fizix in Film: Creation of the Elements
November 9, 2018
Dr. Irina Perevalova Life in the Universe
October 5, 2018
Dr. Nat Smith The Great Southern Skies: A View of Space from Down Under
September 7, 2018
 Dr. Chuck Higgins Touching the Sun: Parker Solar Probe
May 4, 2018
Dr. Irina Perevalova Space Oddity
Video is not available 
April 6, 2018
Dr. Eric Klumpe Funky Fizix in Film: Life on Mars
March 2, 2018
Dr. John Wallin The Invisible Universe and How We See It
February 2, 2018
Dr. Chuck Higgins Cassini’s Grand Finale at Saturn
December 1, 2017
Dr. Eric Klumpe Black Hole Trivia
November 3, 2017
Dr. Jana Ruth Ford Shooting Stars & Meteor Showers
October 6, 2017
Dr. Irina Perevalova Exotic Matter
September 8, 2017
Dr. Chuck Higgins Great Tennessee Eclipse recap
August 21, 2017
August 20, 2017
(Sunday, 3 pm)
Solar Eclipse Experts: Discussion Panel, Stories, Images
Meet the experts! Open to everyone  (SCI 1006) 
August 11, 2017­
(7:30pm  LRC 221)
Dr. John Wallin Observing and Photographing the Solar Eclipse
(Bring your camera for practice!)
Video is not available
August 4, 2017­
(7:30pm LRC 221)
Dr. Irina Perevalova History and Science of Solar Eclipses
May 5, 2017
Dr. Eric Klumpe Funky Fizix in Film: Eclipses
April 14, 2017
Dr. Chuck Higgins The Great American Eclipse at MTSU
March 3, 2017
Dr. Jana Ruth Ford Solar Science
February 3, 2017
Dr. John Wallin  Darkness Fell Over the Land: Eclipses in Religion and History

Friday Star Party Videos are a co-production of the MTSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Education Resource Channel @ Middle Tennessee, Comcast Channel 9.