Deep-Sky Expedition
grades 8 – 12
March 31 – April 2
Registration Deadline is Monday, March 27




Deep-Sky Expedition with

 Rocket Symposium

Fri. Mar. 31 – Sun. Apr. 2 


Students will enjoy a stellar weekend at the Kopernik Observatory as they hunt down a multitude of galaxies and deep-sky objects. They will learn about a variety of celestial objects and how to observe them. They will discuss how galaxies, star clusters and nebulae form and will build a detailed map of the Milky Way galaxy. On Saturday morning, students will participate in a Rocket Symposium where they will build their own model rocket and then launch it later in the afternoon. Rocket launching and telescope observing activities will vary, depending on weather and sky conditions. 


Students will stay overnight with adult supervision
on Friday and Saturday at Kopernik.
Saturday and Sunday meals will be provided.


Breaking News! 
Senior Research Associate from Cornell University 
will speak at the Deep-Sky Expedition!
Mysterious Flashes from the Distant Universe  
Shami Chatterjee, Ph.D.

With recent strides in radio telescope sensitivity and computational capacity, astronomers have discovered “fast radio bursts”, dispersed millisecond-long flashes of radio waves that appear to come from random directions in the sky. Recently, we have caught one in the act and identified exactly where it came from, and the answer defies all expectations, because the source appears to be two and a half billion light years away. What mechanism could produce flashes so bright that they are detectable across the universe, and yet so common that there are five to ten thousand of these bursts all over the sky each and every day? Astronomers are in hot pursuit.

Register for this class 


If you prefer, you may download the Pegasus registration form and mail it in, or register over the phone at (607) 748-3685 ext. 308.  

 Expedition Objectives 


  • Overview of different deep-sky objects
  • Observing the deep sky objects through different telescopes
  • Image deep sky objects using DLSR & CCD cameras 
  • Telescope training – both  traditional & computerized
  • Find out what happens when galaxies collide!
  • Discover what NASA’s Great Observatories are revealing about the Universe!


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