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We have scheduled the Winter Social at the MOSH this year on December 12th at 7:00pm.
The dinner menu will be a variety of selections from Callahan Bar-B-Que. Our evening will be topped off with a planetarium show and laser concert in the Alexander Brest Planetarium at 9:00pm.
Please plan to join us that evening and RSVP at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it (so we can make sure we have enough food).
We always appreciate desserts or homemade goodies to share!
Tickets are $10 and payment can be place ahead of time via PayPal from the NEFAS home page (click the "donate" button), or on the night of the 12th with cash or check.
Hope to see you there!

 

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The Science behind the Star of Bethlehem

What: The Science behind the Star of Bethlehem

       A presentation by Mike Reynolds, Ph.D.

       Professor of Astronomy & Physics, Florida State College

 

When: Friday, December 5, 2014

       Presentation: 8:00 p.m. – 8:45p.m.

       Telescope observing (weather permitting): 8:45 p.m.

 

Where: Florida State College at Jacksonville

         Kent Campus, Building F

         Main Auditorium (F128) and Auditorium parking lot (observing)

 

Cost: Free and open to the public   Recommended for ages 10 and older

 

Details: What was the Star of Bethlehem, one of the celebrated Christmas and holiday season traditions? Is there any scientific or historical data that supports the Star? If so, what could the Star have been? Dr. Mike Reynolds will explore both the astronomical and historical aspects of the Star of Bethlehem as he weaves together possibilities for a puzzle that have been around some 2,000 years. Was it a supernova? A meteor or a bright comet? What about a gathering of the planets, called a conjunction? Or is it something historians and astronomers will never explain? Dr. Mike Reynolds has served in education for over 38 years, including as a high school and college instructor, museum director, planetarium director, and college dean. His research takes him around the world, including Antarctica to search for meteorites. Reynolds has written several astronomy books, and serves as a contributing editor for Astronomy. He has received recognition for his work, including the naming of asteroid 2004 SY26 michaelreynolds in recognition of his astronomy education and STEM work, and 1986 Florida Teacher of the Year. Following the talk, attendees are welcome to view the night skies through telescopes set up by the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society, weather-permitting.

Sponsored by the Center for Learning Enrichment, Biomedical Pre-Professional Society (BPPS), Northeast Florida Astronomical Society (NEFAS), and the Florida State College Astronomy Club

Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate and associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Florida State College at Jacksonville is a member of the Florida College System and is not affiliated with any other public or private university or college in Florida or elsewhere.<>

 

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The Science behind the Star of Bethlehem
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
The Science behind the Star of Bethlehem

What: The Science behind the Star of Bethlehem

       A presentation by Mike Reynolds, Ph.D.

       Professor of Astronomy & Physics, Florida State College

 

When: Friday, December 5, 2014

       Presentation: 8:00 p.m. – 8:45p.m.

       Telescope observing (weather permitting): 8:45 p.m.

 

Where: Florida State College at Jacksonville

         Kent Campus, Building F

         Main Auditorium (F128) and Auditorium parking lot (observing)

 

Cost: Free and open to the public   Recommended for ages 10 and older

 

Details: What was the Star of Bethlehem, one of the celebrated Christmas and holiday season traditions? Is there any scientific or historical data that supports the Star? If so, what could the Star have been? Dr. Mike Reynolds will explore both the astronomical and historical aspects of the Star of Bethlehem as he weaves together possibilities for a puzzle that have been around some 2,000 years. Was it a supernova? A meteor or a bright comet? What about a gathering of the planets, called a conjunction? Or is it something historians and astronomers will never explain? Dr. Mike Reynolds has served in education for over 38 years, including as a high school and college instructor, museum director, planetarium director, and college dean. His research takes him around the world, including Antarctica to search for meteorites. Reynolds has written several astronomy books, and serves as a contributing editor for Astronomy. He has received recognition for his work, including the naming of asteroid 2004 SY26 michaelreynolds in recognition of his astronomy education and STEM work, and 1986 Florida Teacher of the Year. Following the talk, attendees are welcome to view the night skies through telescopes set up by the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society, weather-permitting.

Sponsored by the Center for Learning Enrichment, Biomedical Pre-Professional Society (BPPS), Northeast Florida Astronomical Society (NEFAS), and the Florida State College Astronomy Club

Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate and associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Florida State College at Jacksonville is a member of the Florida College System and is not affiliated with any other public or private university or college in Florida or elsewhere.<>

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