The Palm Beach Poetry Festival in collaboration with the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches would like to invite you to an over-the-moon poetry reading! While observing of the moon and stars, we will be reading poetry round-robin style. You are invited to bring up to three single-page poems on the subject of the solar system: planets, moon and stars. The poems can be your own work, or your favorites of other poets relating to the night sky. We will read as many poems as time permits. While a poet is reading, others can view the night sky through the telescopes provided by the Astronomical Society in the Hagen Ranch Road Library Parking lot. We will provide LED flashlights to read your poems. This event will be held outside, so if it is rainy or overcast, we will reschedule the event for March 7th.
This event will start at sunset. Feel free to bring a snack, bottle of water, and a folding chair for your comfort.
The Astronomical Society is composed of a group of individuals dedicated to the pursuit of observational astronomy and to the education of the general public on astronomy. During the observation sessions, members bring and use a wide variety of equipment…from binoculars and small refractors to 20-inch reflectors.
Dr. Stephen M. Schiff, is a life-long amateur astronomer and recently retired after teaching 41 years. His most recent position was that of Planetarium Resource Educator at Poinciana Elementary Magnet School. Before that, Dr. Schiff served as the Astronomy Outreach Educator at the South Florida Science Museum. He has given numerous astronomy lectures and workshops at colleges and libraries on Long Island. Dr. Schiff has attended teacher space camp, has been a member of the observatory staff at the Custer Institute Observatory and has participated in the LCROSS webcast at Kennedy Space Center. He’s been awarded 8 educational grants to build space shuttle and space station simulators and a robotic observatory at his planetarium. Currently, Dr. Schiff serves as President on the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Palm Beaches where he participates in community star parties in local parks and libraries. He is also a presenter for the NASA Night Sky Network and is a cruise speaker for Sixth Star Entertainment. His enthusiasm and expertise encourages all astronomy participants to discover for themselves the wonders of our spectacular universe.