By Marcus Scott
“On a basic quantum level, all the matter in the universe
is essentially made up of stardust,” said quantum physics enthusiast and
electro-pop personality Moby, when he was interviewed after his megahit “We Are
All Made of Stars” took over the airwaves in 2002. Who knows? Maybe, he’s
science and one of its trailblazers with the International Year of Astronomy
2009, a global nod to astronomy and its contributions to the arts, culture and
civilization, the Buffalo Museum of Science’s astronomy exhibit continues until the end of April.
Taking place on a local and international level, from the heart
of Africa to here in the states, the International Year of Astronomy 2009 is
observing practically everything about the science and the stars, from black
holes to cosmology.
This week, the museum will be doing a continuum of “Telescopes
and Constellations,” a weekend program that documents how a telescope works,
and trains one to recognize universally-known constellations in Western New
York on April 18-19 and April 25-26. Another scheduled program is that of “Night
Sky and Solar Energy,” a tutorial on the sun’s energy and the conversion of
light energy into heat and mechanical energies and a seminar of the Earth’s
moon and its eight phases is ongoing until the 17th.
The museum also encourages Buffalo residents to
join Dr. Dejan Stojkovic of SUNY Buffalo as he gives an overview of black holes
this Sunday, April 19th.
Connect with the stars and connect with people at this year’s
International Year of Astronomy.