[Chaos-l] Astronomy Day at Little River Park: April 24
joncst at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 1 15:53:09 EST 2010
Hi all. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 24. CHAOS and
Little River Park will be celebrating Astronomy Day, starting at
3:00. The park people are Very Interested in helping us make this a
success, and the rangers have already talked about making this an
I've reserved the meadow and the adjacent large picnic shelter (room
for about 30 people), so the daytime activities will take place
regardless of the weather. The rangers said the park can accommodate
up to 400 people, so we could get quite a crowd. There is an
electrical outlet for AC devices, both for daytime presentations and
for night-time observing.
We (and by "we", i mean CHAOS members and interested members of the
local astronomy community) will be giving presentations on various
aspects of amateur astronomy. If anyone would be interested, we can
run a "so you've got a telescope gathering dust in your closet"
workshop, both in the day, helping people set up, adjust, and/or fix
telescopes, and in the evening to help them actually find/observe stuff.
As mentioned in a previous e-mail, the kinds of things i'm hoping we
can present include:
astro-crafts for kids
buying and using telecopes
Scale solar system model
Safe solar observing
We also may be able to recycle things done at the NCSM "Astronomy
Days" this weekend.
At the evening observing session, i was thinking we could do stuff like:
Telescope clinic: finding and observing
Unfortunately, the first-quarter moon will be in the sky all night
long, transiting around 9 pm, so galaxies and nebulae are going to be
less than optimum.
If any of that appeals to you, or if you have an activity/presentation
you'd like to do, please contact me. The reservation has been made,
now it's up to us to make this a success.
joncst (at) earthlink.net
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