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Tamke-Allan Observatory hosts public event Saturday

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Food, fun and science a fascinating mix

Tamke-Allan Observatory invites people interested in astronomy to visit the observatory at 7 p.m.  on Saturday Nov. 6 for an evening of celestial observing.
Astronomy students will be grilling and selling food/drinks to buy components for our planned mobile solar observatory, a well-equipped trailer that can be pulled to schools and stargazes to support observing and lectures.
Optical and radio telescopes and mobile lecture facilities will be included.
The MSO project was proposed last summer by student Chris Queen, who won an award from NASA for his project.
Queen is now Tamke-Allan’s official NASA space science student ambassador. He will be in charge of cooking hot dogs, brats, and steaks and will offer tips about mobile observing.
A welcome to guests will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. presentation on using computer models to steer particle beams.
This work has several applications in astronomy and materials research.
The presenters will be Oak Ridge High School students Yajit Jain, Carlos del-Castillo-Negrete and Scotty Chung.  
These students are the 2010-11 Siemens Foundation regional finalists in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.  
They are among 94 finalists selected from 2,033 student researchers from 36 states and are competing for Siemens awards that range from $1,000 to $100,000.
They will answer questions about their project following their presentation.
As skies darken, participants will enjoy the moon, Jupiter and its moons, Albeiro, Algol, and the constellations.
Tamke-Allan Observatory is located near the corner of Caney Creek and Joiner Hollow Road.
Please note the map at www.roanestate.edu/obs/visit.htm.