White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy Workshop
June 29 - July 3, 2005 - McDonald Observatory
Post Summer 2005 Workshop Page
White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy is an advanced five-day and
four-night workshop allowing grades 6-12 teachers to increase their
astronomy expertise. In addition to new instructional activities designed to
be used in the classroom, all participants will have extended observing
experiences on the 30-inch research telescope.
Preliminary schedule, links, and background material
About McDonald Observatory
McDonald Observatory website
McDonald Observatory local weather
Weather conditions at McDonald Observatory
During the day, weather can range from clear, sunny, and warm (90 F) to cold (50 F), rainy, and windy. The Observatory
gets most of its annual rainfall in June, July, and August. Most of our outside time will be during the evening at the telescopes.
At night, temperatures can get as low as 50 degrees, with some wind. Current and past weather data about the Observatory
is at http://weather.as.utexas.edu.
Specific items to pack
Comfortable footwear, red filtered flashlight, personal journal, music and personal music player, books for relaxing reading,
camera, and favorite snack foods.
Maps and directions
..to McDonald Observatory
Landmarks along the way
Cellular telephone service is available at the Observatory, but reception is poor inside the Astronomers Lodge and Visitors Center.
Depending on your cellular provider, digital cellular service may be available. The best method is to use a calling
card. The University of Texas and McDonald Observatory can not pay for personal long distance telephone calls.
Please keep cellular phones off or muted during scheduled workshop activities.
Main telephone numbers:
McDonald Observatory Visitors Center:
The "White Dwarfs and the Age of the
Galaxy" workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
under grant AST 0307315. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or
expressed in this material are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.
The National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) provides additional support under an Education and
Public Outreach supplement to Grant/Contract/Agreement No. NAG5-13070
issued through the Office of Space Science.