BMAA at Pocono International Raceway on June 6th & 7th

Pocono 2015bBMAA was invited to participate in a solar event with NASA at the Pocono International Raceway on the weekend of June 6th & 7th. NASA visits some of the NASCAR tracks with a public outreach program called “Rockets to Racecars” which highlights some of the physics and developments involved in making the rockets and racecars go fast. Also highlighted at the event was the heliophysics division from Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland. At their request we provided live telescope viewing of the Sun during the pre-race event. Terry Park from BMAA was on hand with his wonderful Lunt solar scope giving folks impressive views of the solar prominences along the limb of the Sun. Dwight Dulsky was using a Thousand Oaks glass solar filter which showed off the sunspots on the solar surface. Working in tandem, folks were able to visit both telescopes and see some great features. Over the course of two days, we got the opportunity to talk to hundreds and hundreds of racefans who stopped by our scopes. A great big thank you to Carolyn Ng of NASA for the invite and our NASA/NASCAR liaison Bonny Murray for treating us like “rock stars” all during the weekend.

 

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Terry Park and some NASCAR fans before the race

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Terry Park (center left) Dwight Dulsky (center right)

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