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White Dwarfs and the Age of the Galaxy Workshop
June 29 - July 3, 2005 - McDonald Observatory

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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

Virtual Tour

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:
Astronomers' Lodge:

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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 recommendations 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.

8 July 2005
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