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SUNY Plattsburgh Astronomy ClubLogo for Galilean Society, SUNY Plattsburgh Astronomy Club, motto is 'In Stellis, Illuminatio'

The Galilean Society

The purpose of The Galilean Society is to convene a group of individuals whose interests and activities will promote Astronomy and Space Science education.

“Astronomy is… unequivocally acknowledged as our past, unmistakably recognized as our present reality, and ultimately accepted as our inevitable future. We certainly all belong, and we can certainly all participate!”


On Campus Observing — Sidewalk Astronomy

The Galilean Society facilitates observations that are open to anyone (no science major necessary!) who would like to participate and learn about both the night sky and telescope fundamentals.


Public Outreach — Ladies Looking-Up

Image of Girl Scout Patch--Ladies Looking Up, The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York“A collaboration between the Northcountry Planetarium, The Galilean Society and the Girl Scouts to provide an informal educational experience that engages young ladies in hands-on workshops in astronomy and space science and inspires them to both pursue and excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.”

The Galilean Society has facilitated workshops with local Girl Scout troops on subjects ranging from Backyard Observational Astronomy to Rocks From Space.


Astronomy Education — Observational Astronomy Workshop for Girl Scouts at Camp Tapawingo

Ms. Lisabeth Kissner (left), Direcor of the Northcountry Planetarium, explains the basics of sky obsevation to Girl Scouts at Camp Tapawingo.


At left, SUNY Plattsburgh student Danielle Howell helps Girl Scouts to plot planetary positions on a clear sky globe.


SUNY Plattsburgh students Faith Gaddis, Danielle Howell and Hannah McGuire help teach Girl Scouts Astronomy basics.


Research — Venus Transit

Levi Martinez (Vice President), Ben Ponce (President), Lisabeth Kissner (Advisor), and Fredrick Kissner (Professor Emeriti) traveled to Kona, Hawai’i for the Venus Transit of 2012.


Ben Ponce setting up


Lisabeth Kissner, Levi Martinez and Ben Ponce at the Mauna Kea Observatory site in Hawai’i.


A photograph taken during ingress of the Venus Transit taken by Levi, Ben, and Lisabeth of The Galilean Society.


Ben Ponce and Lisabeth Kissner presented a poster at the annual Sigma Xi poster session (2013) on using Halley’s method for calculating the Astronomical Unit using the data set collected from Hawai’i during the 2012 Venus Transit.


Conference — IPS 2012

Levi Martinez, Ben Ponce, and Lisabeth Kissner also went to the 2012 International Planetarium Society Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The conference included showcases of state-of-the-art planetarium projection equipment as well as planetarium production techniques and educational astronomy curricula.

Group picture of past, present and future planetarians at the Northcountry Planetarium: Plattsburgh Alumnus Dave Maness (Supervisor of the Sharpe Planetarium), Plattsburgh Alumnus Jon Bell (Director of the Hallstrom Planetarium), Lisabeth Kissner (Director of the Northcountry Planetarium), Levi Martinez (student) and Ben Ponce (Planetarian at the Northcountry Planetarium).


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about physics at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Thomas H. Wolosz, Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 123
Phone: (518) 564-4031
Fax: (518) 564-3169
Email: [email protected]

SUNY Plattsburgh
Physics Department
Hudson Hall 337
Plattsburgh, NY 12901