March 17 – Astrophotography Lecture and Workshop

If you’ve been wanting to photograph the natural world and the night sky like an expert, then this program is for you! On Saturday, March 17, 2018 the Headlands welcomes back the very talented Shawn Malone of Lake Superior Photography for a lecture and workshop on astrophotography. Malone’s work has been featured in National Geographic and on many national news programs, demonstrating that she is an exceptional go-to source for capturing even the most elusive natural phenomena, such as the Northern Lights.

Program will happen in two parts, beginning with a lecture from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, followed by a hands-on workshop from 8:30 to 10 pm. Space is limited for the workshop and reservations are required at 231-427-1001. Tickets for the lecture are $5; tickets for the workshop are $40, at the door. The Headlands Observatory will also be open for public viewing on March 17, so guests can choose to take in the lecture, the workshop, and the observatory, or any of the three.

“The number one question we receive at Headlands is ‘when can I see the northern lights?’” said Headlands Program Director Mary Stewart Adams. “To give the best answer to this question, we’re bringing in someone who not only has captured amazing images of the aurora, but who is a dedicated professional when it comes to chasing the northern lights.”

Statistically over the last 75 years, the Northern Lights have proven to be more active during the times of Equinox at the end of March and September each year. However, there is no guarantee that they will be active during the March 17 program. “Shawn’s program is designed to help guests understand how to read the data that scientists publish when predicting the aurora, and how to photograph them,” said Adams. “If something spectacular happens in the sky that night, too, then that’s a bonus! But we can’t make those kinds of predictions more than a day or two in advance.”

The last New Moon of winter also happens on March 17, which means there will be no moonlight to diminish night sky viewing during and after the program, notes Adams. “Venus has returned as our evening star, so guests can catch our brightest planet at the horizon after the Sun sets at 7:46 pm, and then, the best views of the Orion region will appear, looking southwest from the Headlands viewing area, where you can see our brightest star, Sirius, the famous star cluster of the Pleiades, and more.”

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This entry was posted in Programs, on February 9th, 2018 .