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May 2000

A Table Mountain Preview

By Mary Ingersoll
May Meeting

Tom Colwell
Seattle Astronomical Society

Wednesday, May 17
7:30 p.m.

A-102 Physics-Astronomy Bldg.
University of Washington

Come early at 7 p.m. to visit with your fellow members.

Bring your slides for after the program.

LONG time amateur observer and founding father of the Table Mountain Star Party (TMSP), Tom Colwell, will be our speaker at this month's meeting. His discussion will include a history of the star party, and a preview of this year's event.

Tom Colwell is an excellent speaker and is especially vivid in his descriptions of constellations and sky lore. At TMSP he does a program that he calls "Planetarium Under the Stars" where he combines observing tips, sky lore, and practical information for navigating the night sky—all under the canopy of the stars at midnight on Table Mountain.

Founder of what's officially called: the Table Mountain NW Region Astronomical League Star Party, 1979, this event has now grown into an 1800+-person extravaganza! Tom has been an educator/lecturer for the Pacific Science Center, Willard Geer Planetarium, Bellevue Community College, Goldendale Observatory, and various constellation, mythology, and Halley's Comet programs. A graduate of Yale University (B.A.), 1968, and member of the Seattle Astronomical Society for 21 years, Tom is presently working as a Professional/Corporate Coach. The SAS meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17, at the UW Astronomy building, Seattle.

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