Registration for these events closes on October 20.
NAI Special: Observe the Transit of Mercury!
Monday, November 11, Mercury will cross (transit) in front of the sun. Mercury will be a tiny black dot silhouetted against the bright sun. The only way to safely observe the transit is with a solar telescope. Join Solar System Ambassador Carla Johns who will be on hand at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel with a hydrogen-alpha solar telescope to help you observe. These rare astronomical phenomena have been used throughout history to measure the distance to the Sun and better understand the Solar System. In modern astronomy, similar transits are used to measure asteroids in our Solar System and detect planets orbiting other stars. The next Transit of Mercury visible from North America will not be until 2049, so don’t miss this celestial spectacle! The next Transit of Venus is not until 2117.
Monday, November 11, 6:40–9:30am MST. The time to wait in line and observe will take about 5 to 15 minutes, and you are welcome to return as many times as you like to watch Mercury slowly move across the sun.
To join the observing party, please meet in the Colorado meeting room, located in the Sheraton Tower Building on the Mezzanine level. An escort from hotel security will periodically arrive at that room to give updates and to take you up to the roof. When you arrive on the roof, look for Carla and her telescope. Only 10 people at once are allowed on the roof, so there may be a short line. Please give precedence to anyone who is trying to observe before their workshop starts at 7:00 or 8:00 am.
In the case of cloudy or otherwise unfavorable weather, the observing event will be canceled due to safety and the inability to observe. If canceled it will be noted outside of the meeting room and posted on Twitter under #naiconference.
Welcome Reception at the Denver Zoo
Tuesday November 12, 5:30–8:30pm (ticketed event)
Celebrate the opening of the Denver Zoo Holiday Lights and the kickoff of the 2019 NAI National Conference! NAI invites you for an evening of food, fun, firepits, and s’mores at the Denver Zoo!
The Denver Zoo is graciously closing their zoo for the evening so that NAI conference attendees can enjoy the opening of their holiday season with their magical Zoo Lights.
Start off the evening in the open pavilion with a selection of hamburgers and hot dogs. From there stroll through the zoo as you take in the spectacle featuring more than two million lights, plus illuminated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places where they are least expected. Enjoy roasting s’mores over open firepits and drinking hot chocolate while viewing the many animal experiences with zoo interpreters as you mingle with your colleagues.
Buses load and depart the Sheraton Downtown Denver from 5:00 to 5:30pm.
Cost for Conference Attendees: $25
Guest Ticket: $35
Maximum Number of Attendees: 450