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Yuri’s Night Portsmouth - CANCELED

Yuri’s Night Portsmouth - CANCELED

Yuri's Night Portsmouth - CANCELEDWednesday, July 15 6-10pmPartially seated$10 Admission***Due to safety and health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Yuri's Night on 7/15 has been canceled.We'll reach out to ticket holders directly via email regarding this cancelation***Get "spaced out” at Yuri’s Night Portsmouth: a social, educational, and artistic celebration of humanity's first steps into the “final frontier."It was April 12, 1961 when Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was shot into space completing one lap around the Earth and firing the imagination of humans around the world. Looking back since that day, we’ve landed humans on the moon, explored the outer reaches of the solar system, and are talking about the possibility of a real “warp” drive—currently under study at NASA-- that could one day take us to the stars.So make plans to join us for an evening of fun and exploration featuring real astrophysicists, rocket scientists and astronomers. On tap for the evening are special speakers talking about our future in space, short videos featuring current and future missions to the beyond, and outdoor telescope views of night sky favorites put on by members of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.Those who come appropriately dressed for a “spacetacular” evening will get a special memento to remember the night.

About the speakers:

Mark Granoff is the Engineering Director at Ferrotec, USA. He was previously a Senior Research Project Engineer for the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center for 25 years, where he worked on NASA and ESA satellite missions. He was part of the UNH teams for ACE, IBEX, STEREO, Cluster and most recently MMS. Mark was awarded multiple patents for his designs due to engineering breakthroughs on the ACE satellite mission. Prior to his groundbreaking satellite achievements, Mark worked for General Dynamics on submarine torpedo systems.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in Mechanical Engineering. Mark is one of the team members credited with the “Swedish Save” at UNH for the MMS program, rescuing a mission-critical instrument that had fallen behind in its development and delivering it to NASA on time for a successful launch. NASA honored the team in 2016 with the Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Engineering for their efforts. Flight Instrument Development at UNHDo you ever wonder how (and why) a university is chosen for NASA research missions? It’s time to find out! We’ll discuss the life of a satellite program from beginning to end, starting with how Universities respond to an “Announcement of Opportunity” and then delve into the actual building of a satellite instrument. Specifically, this talk will go into detail on multiple University of New Hampshire satellite programs including the award-winning Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, which resulted in 28 payload articles built in Durham and delivered to NASA Goddard prior to launch in 2015. The talk will also feature examples of the technology that these programs help to advance, such as etching and mammography x-ray precision.Anthony (Tony) Rogers is a doctoral candidate in space plasma physics at the University of New Hampshire.  He is a member of the MMS Science Working Team and a published researcher on magnetic reconnection in the Earth's magnetotail.  Coming to science the long way via a decade-long detour as a sound engineer for Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus and multiple tours with Disney, Tony has maintained his dedication to an audience through teaching and outreach.  He is a founding member of the University of Iowa Clear Sky Patrol, a long-time volunteer organizer and speaker for the New England Fall Astronomy Festival (NEFAF), and he continues to support public education in astronomy and STEM in general. In his spare time Tony enjoys many varieties of cheese as well as long walks, preferably under starlight.Space Weather: Winds, Storms, and How they Affect UsThe Sun is constantly emitting not only light and heat but a never-ending flow of electrons, protons, and other particles in an ever-present but constantly changing Solar Wind.  Just like the winds we're familiar with on Earth, sudden changes in the solar wind can cause storms where huge amounts of energy are transferred.  And just like the storms that we are familiar with on Earth, these storms are both beautifully majestic and capable of damaging or destroying important infrastructure and even endangering lives. We’ll talk about where these winds come from, how they interact with the Earth, and why it's so important to understand how it all works.  J. Kelly Beatty is a Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Specializing in planetary science and space exploration, Kelly is an internationally-recognized, award-winning writer and frequent lecturer. You'll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on The Weather Channel and National Public Radio, and his work has appeared in numerous other magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. In fact, Kelly enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages and interest levels about his passion for astronomy. He observes when he can through one of his 12 telescopes, and he is active nationally in the fight against light pollution. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Master's degree from Boston University. During the 1980s he was among the first Western journalists to gain firsthand access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983, and in 1986 he was chosen one of the 100 semifinalists for NASA's Journalist in Space program.Mysterious MarsWhy are we so fascinated with Mars, our neighbor in space? Why is it so like our own Earth in some ways — and so utterly different in others? This presentation lets you explore the "Red Planet" from afar and up close. You'll learn where to find it in the night sky (it won't be hard to spot) and get a sense of what you'd see through a backyard telescope. Meanwhile, spacecraft from NASA and the European Space Agency are scrutinizing every bit of its globe — both from orbit and from the ground — to determine the planet's geologic history. And we'll delve into the real odds of finding life there. Part of our interplanetary tour will put you right on the dusty Martian surface, thanks to 3-D imagery (glasses provided).John Gianforte is the Director of the University of New Hampshire Observatory and an Astronomer whose main research interests include the observation and analysis of transits of exoplanets, observation of cataclysmic variable stars, comets, asteroids and supernovae.  He is also an Astronomy Instructor for the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of New Hampshire, Granite State College and for the Global Student Success Program (GSSP) formerly the Navitas at UNH program, and teaches Astronomy and Experimental Physics. John has taught Astronomy-related courses for Granite State College since 2002 and for UNH since 2009.  He also writes about astronomy on his web site: and for local newspapers.  John also has “appeared” on New Hampshire Public Radio’s (NHPR) Exchange live, morning talk show with Host, Laura Knoy as well as on New Hampshire Public Television’s (NHPTV) NHOutlook, NH Skies and Windows To The Wild ), and WMUR's NH Chronicles. John is the Co-founder of the Astronomical Society of Northern New England (ASNNE) which he helped form in 1983.  You can find John at the UNH Observatory for the twice-monthly public observing sessions held on the first and third Saturday nights each month.  You can see some of John’s work on his web site ( and the UNH Observatory web site: Elsewhere: Are we on the Verge of Discovery?It is a sobering thought—that we know of only one place where life exists—Earth.  It is hard to believe that as far out into the cosmos as we can see with our largest, most sophisticated instruments, more than 12 billion lightyears, that life on Earth is all there is, or is there more?  Over the last 60 years scientists have found that life is much tougher, much more robust than we first thought. Additionally, biologists have discovered that life on Earth has three essential requirements: water, energy, and organic compounds.  And, not to be outdone, planetary astronomers have found that Earth is NOT the only place where all three of these essential elements can be found—there are several right here in our own solar system.  This talk is about what we think simple, microbial life needs to get started, to thrive, and to evolve.  We will also cover which neighboring worlds might have the three key ingredients.  Could it be that life has existed all this time right in our own astronomical backyard? We will look at what we have learned about these nearby worlds and what we have learned about life itself.  It’s exciting to know we have such possibilities for life so close to home. What might we find as we continue our explorations?

About the organizers:Caleigh MacPherson Caleigh MacPherson is a mechanical engineer from New Hampshire who previously worked on the NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale satellite mission. She was the team lead of the award-winning University of New Hampshire LunaCats, whose mission was to design and build a lunar mining robot for NASA's Annual Robotics Mining Competition. She has been honored as one of the state’s Rising Star Young Professionals, 40 under Forty, and 10 to Watch award winners for her STEM volunteer work. She is a NASA Solar System Ambassador and in her spare time she attends NASA Socials and builds robots for fun.Tom CocchiaroTom Cocchiaro is past vice president of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society (NHAS) and a NASA Solar System Ambassador.  A 20-year Air Force veteran, Cocchiaro worked as an avionics systems technician and in later years as a senior public affairs manager where he was privileged to have served on the Air Force Press Desk for the first five landings of Space Shuttle Columbia at Edwards AFB, Calif.  During his time with NHAS he has participated in numerous astronomy public outreach events and was an original member of a group within NHAS that created the Library Telescope Program (LTP).  To date, the program has placed more than 150 telescopes in libraries throughout New Hampshire, and over the past decade, has helped other organizations across the country and the world to duplicate the program which may now be found in London and as far afield as New Zealand.Ed TingEd Ting is a well-known amateur astronomer. His works have appeared in Sky & Telescope, Night Sky, Skywatch 20xx, Amateur Astronomy, Discover, and Popular Mechanics magazines. His writings have been translated into several languages, and he speaks frequently on the topics of astronomy and astrophotography. He has been on New Hampshire Public Radio, and on the Manchester, NH-based TV program, Star Hop. His web site,, is a widely-read telescope review web site. He is an Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador to Chile and a NASA Solar System Ambassador (SSA.) He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where he teaches a course on astrophotography. Jennifer BennPainter Jennifer Benn's work examines technology and the effect of technology on the world. Through the research of drawing, painting and visually and socially examining computers, rockets, space-shuttles, remote controls and other sci-fi images, and their place in this time, she seeks to comprehend them better and to re-present them for the viewer in a revealed vision. It is through visual interpretation that Benn hopes to reawaken our senses and minds to notice how technology has changed, and is changing the world. In Benn’s view, chaos and order, creation and destruction and recreation are the connections between painting, art and technology.


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