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Physics made fun

Dear Editor:

Wednesday evening, about 150 science (and ice cream) enthusiasts gathered on the campus of the Aspen Center for Physics for the Star Gazers ice cream social hosted by the Aspen Science Center. This event inaugurated the Physics Is for Kids events that will take place every Wednesday evening and was a special event for the Physics Center’s 50th-anniversary celebration. It couldn’t have happened without the collaboration of the Physics Center, the Science Center and Spellbinders, and the support of the Thrift Shop of Aspen.

The Science Center organized and advertised the event and produced ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen. The Physics Center staff, Jane Kelly, Paula Johnson and Patty Fox, supplied the site and much organizational help. Astrophysicists Romeel Dave, Daryl Haggard, Jarita Holbrook and Emily Levesque collaborated with Spellbinders Shere Coleman, Al Dietsch, Germaine Dietsch and Julie Wagner to entertain and inform the audience with stories about the stars from various cultures and answer questions about stars, galaxies, black holes, and other aspects of our universe. Telescope operators Bernice Durand, Randy Durand and Nial Tanvir kept the telescopes trained on Saturn for all to see.

We will be hosting Physics Is for Kids events on the Aspen Center for Physics Campus every Wednesday evening this summer. The Star Gazers event and the ones that will follow are possible because of the generous financial support of the Thrift Shop of Aspen, the cooperation of the Physics Center, and the donation of their time by outstanding scientists at the Physics Center.

It’s great when individuals and organizations collaborate to produce an event that benefits our community. We’re grateful to all who helped make this work.

Steve Pinsky and Mike Simmons

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