Skeptics under the Stars is THIS WEEKEND!

Last call for tickets to this weekend’s Skeptics Under the Stars star party/camping trip! It’s this weekend!

Spend the evening star gazing with Pamela Gay. Eating s’mores with Pamela gay. Building a bonfire with Pamela Gay. Learning about the skies from Pamela Gay.

You can even snuggle in a sleeping bag with me and my dog! Or with Matt Lowry!

And if you can’t find a sitter, that’s cool cool cool because your kid comes free!

Go buy your ticket! And coordinate gear with the peepo over on our Facebook event page.

Skeptics under the stars FAQ:

But, Elyse, I really want to go. The thing is, I’m terrified of s’mores! How will I escape? Is there anywhere I can go for shelter?

Yes! I just called the campground this morning. There is a cottage available for rent for the evening! You can book it! You can put a sign on the door that says “No s’mores allowed!” The walls will also serve to protect you from cold temperatures, bugs, and face-eating bears.

Did you just say face-eating bears? Holy shit! Will they be there?

No. They will not. Or… at least they haven’t bought a ticket yet, so we’re not expecting them. Your face will be fine.

What kind of dog are you bringing?

She’s a pit bull. I’m going to be in the woods. With bears. I’m not fucking around. I’m bringing a pit bull.

Is your dog going to kill me?

Probably not. Unless you’re a bear. And even then, probably not.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Especially if it’s nice to people and kills bears.

Hope you have fun but I’m a student/unemployed/can’t afford the ticket.

**We have a free ticket for a woman who would like to go.** Please email me at elyse at womenthinkingfree dot org and be all “YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME!” And we’ll get you to your bunk.

How are you so awesome?

Awww shucks. I dunno.


Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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  1. I posted a notice about additional astronomy-related events in the area in the original post about this star party. Here’s an update based upon a club email received from Steve Diesso, Publicity & Outreach Coordinator of the Milwaukee Astronomical Society: Public Observing Nights – Friday October 1, 2010 @ 7:30 PM Topic: Constellations and Asterisms; Friday October 15, 2010 @ 7:30 PM Topic: The Moon |||| Whitewater Observatory Lecture Series, Fall 2010 — Department of Physics, UW-Whitewater — October 8 — Alien Planets; October 22 — Milky Way’s Final Frontier; November 12 — Death from Above; December 3 — Collisions on the Extragalactic Superhighway. You can contact club for additional information at their site If you like amateur astronomy history, this site has an archive of notes and photos dating back to 1930.

  2. It’s a bit far, but I took the school’s telescope home with me for fall break. Hopefully I’ll figure out how it works despite not having used a telescope before. And if I’m very lucky there will be a couple of clear evening skies to point it at even if this weekend looks like a complete loss.

  3. @Bjornar: best advice I can give you is get a book – Terry Dickenson’s Nightwatch is a good one – to give you things to look for with a telescope. Just pointing at random can be a very frustrating experience. And have fun!

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