September 24: 6th EXHIBITION: a short film event Tomonari Nishikawa, Binghamton University 8 p.m.The sixth edition of EXPOSURE, a short film screening event featuring images of the moon and other astronomical objects, captured and edited through artistic vision and experimentation. The program includes films by Erin Espelie, Ryan Ferko, Anna Kipervaser + Rhys Morgan, Brian Murphy, Charlotte Pryce and Jonathan Schwartz. Our curator, Tomonari Nishikawa, Associate Professor in the Cinema Department at Binghamton University, will present the program and hold a question-and-answer session after the screening. If the sky is clear, after the event the Observatory will be open, the public is invited to watch the night sky through the Kopernik telescopes.

October 1: Fall SkiesKopernik StaffLearn about the fall constellations and see the latest images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn how to locate the International Space Station as it flies over the region. The program will include free star maps, constellation training and space videos. So clear, see Venus (at the start), Jupiter and Saturn, and a variety of deep sky objects through our telescopes! If you can clearly see Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters and deep sky objects through our telescopes!

October 8: Energy systems of the future.Adam Flint, Director of Clean Energy Programs, Network for a Sustainable TomorrowA key response to the climate emergency is to “electrify everything” and make our electricity generation systems green. While most people think of the deployment of solar, wind and electric vehicles as the cornerstone of this effort, it still ignores the greenhouse gas footprint of building conditioning. It is very likely that by 2040 building codes will no longer allow the installation of conventional systems. It requires massive investment in workforce training, network upgrades, incentives and other measures if we are to be successful. Are we on the right track, and if not, how can we get there?

October 15: International Observe the Moon NightTish Bresee, NASA Solar System AmbassadorBring the whole family to Kopernik to learn more about the moon and see the latest images of the moon from visiting spacecraft. If it’s clear, view a close-up of the first quarter of the moon through the observatory’s telescopes, as well as other celestial objects. Children will make lunar craters and participate in other moon-related activities.