May 22, 1999

"Bringing Astronomy to the People"

Lake Harriet Bandshell
Minneapolis, MN

ONE DAY EACH SPRING, astronomy clubs,  planetariums, and other groups of sky lovers band  together to show the public how much fun astronomy can be. "To promote the forerunner of all scientific endeavors and to provide information, resources, and encouragement in all facets of astronomy" is the official reading, but showing that astronomy is fun is really what it's all about.

Astronomy Day is usually celebrated between mid-April and mid-May, on the Saturday closest to the first-quarter Moon. In 1999 Astronomy Day was May 22nd; Astronomy Week was May 17th-23rd.

Leading the local effort were members of the MN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY, with help from
Mpls Planetarium, MN Space Frontier,  MARSCON and Radio City.

Due to rain attendance was light, but better than last year during which it also rained.  Several hundred people still passed by and some got to see a few Sun Spots early in the afternoon.

Hopefully we will have better weather next year.

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Weather Sat Pic Sat Nite

Setting up

Vickie L. Harris

Doug Brown

Wm. G. Thilgen Jr.

?? Thilgen.


Patte Rehak and Scope

Cloudy Skies

More Clouds


Packing up

Photos by Ben Huset

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