“Lightning Bugs” 2012 by Donald R. Pettit, NASA astronaut
Don Pettit will be a featured speaker at the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) on Saturday, April 6, at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. An annual two-day event, NEAF will be in full swing both the 6th and 7th. Billed as the “World’s Largest Astronomy & Space Expo,” enthusiasts come from near and far. Pettit will also present in the specialized program of the Northeast Astro-Imaging Conference (NEAIC), to be held April 4 and 5.
Saturday’s roster of featured speakers includes Lowell Observatory’s Kevin Schindler; Apollo’s Bill Avery; and NASA’s chief scientist, Jim Green. Sunday’s luminaries are Alan Stern, Principal Investigator, New Horizons Mission; Dylan O’Donnell, web developer and astrophotographer; James Hanson, Neil Armstrong’s biographer; and Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 Astronaut, whose subject is “The Golden Age of Space Exploration”.
The ambitious program encompasses numerous seminars, solar viewing through shielded telescopes, and 120 exhibitors and vendors enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with the general public, including children.