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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Bicentennial Star

As Indiana celebrates its 200th birthday, one prominent star in particular can be deemed Indiana’s Bicentennial Star. 200 light-years away, Scheat is a corner star in the Great Square of Pegasus, the flying horse. The starlight that left Scheat 200 years ago, (light that is traveling 186,000 miles per second) when Indiana became a state is just now hitting our eyes. Chuck Bueter, an astronomy education and public outreach specialist, will lead community activities to promote the state Scheat as Indiana’s Bicentennial Star.

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Chuck Bueter

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • The Bicentennial Star was a hook at public outreach events during which we gazed skyward with telescopes or the naked eye. It allowed us to insert gently the astronomy notions of light years and distance and time while bringing in local history and the bicentennial celebration.

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • The IBC Bicentennial Highlights video concludes by reflecting on the state's history in the context of the time light travels from a star.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • Sent archived documents to St. Joseph County-Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

Total number of volunteers who participated.

  • 5.

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