Public open house/Lecture
“Our Energy Resources 101: Colorado’s Energy Options”
The Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) in conjunction with The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is offering a free public open house/lecture on Saturday, June 22, 7 PM. The goal of EVAS is to promote amateur astronomy and education in the Estes valley
Have you wondered how burning fossil fuels or soaking up sunshine can make electricity?
Do wind turbines kill birds, heat the Earth, and cause cancer? Why don’t we have more nuclear or geothermal energy generation in Colorado?
Our society relies heavily on energy resources for electricity, heating, and transportation. Possibilities for satisfying our needs include coal, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, hydrogen, and biomass.
We will discuss energy options, examining how each works along with its availability, reliability, economics, and environmental considerations. What are our most realistic and advantageous prospects for the future, and what is the direction Colorado appears to be taking?
At the end of the talk, we will consider an additional important energy resource, one that is superior to all of the above in terms of cost and sustainability. Can you guess what it is?
This illustrated presentation is intended for a general audience.
Our speaker is Dr. Gordon MacAlpine a retired astronomer, physicist and a member of the Estes Valley Astronomical Society (EVAS) club. He received a BA in physics from Earlham College and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin. After a stint at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan where he was a Professor of Astronomy until 2000. Then he accepted the Zilker Distinguished Professor of Physics chair at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, where he continued teaching astronomy, physics, and environmental science until his retirement in 2012. Gordon and his wife, Barbara, moved to Estes Park in 2014 to Estes Park. Recently, Gordon has been working with the Platte River Power Authority as they transition to renewable energy generation.
The observatory is just north of the high school at 1600 Manford Ave. Park in the teacher’s parking lot adjacent to the observatory. The doors will open at 7:00pm and the meeting will start at 7:30pm. The presentation, including a question and answer period, lasts about an hour. After the presentation, weather permitting, we will look through the 16 inch dome telescope at various celestial objects. The lecture is free to the public and no reservations necessary. Just come and join the party and be ready to ask questions! For more information, please call the observatory at 970-586-5668