Astronomy Day

2004
April 23-24th, 2004

MN Astronomy Soc., MN Space Frontier Soc., and MN Planetarium Soc., presented Astronomy Day 2004.

Images shot on Fri-Sat April 23th-24th, 2004.
Shot with a Sony DCR-TVR350

(Click on any thumbnail to see a larger 640x480 JPEG image)

Friday


Mike sets up

Mike reads up on Extrasolar planet finding

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Sun Spot

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Solar observing

MN SFS Mars Rover

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Solar system models

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Mars globe simulator from GeoFusion

Astro Bear and 3D star map

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ISS info

ISS info

Looking at the sun in H Alpha

Looking at the sun in H Alpha

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Looking at the sun in H Alpha

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Sunset

Parke talks about black holes

Parke talks about black holes

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Bill Kocken sets up the 24" BAD

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Dave trys out his Questar

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Saturday


Mirror Grinding demo

Mirror Grinding demo

Mirror Grinding demo

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Jackie Tours the solar system

Jackie Tours the solar system

Looking at 3D pics from Mars

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Parke and Mike discuss plans for next year

Parke and Mike

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Closing down for Rain

Closing down for Rain

Mike gives a tour of lunar features

Mike gives a tour of lunar features

About Astronomy Day
Astronomy Day is a grass roots movement to share the joy of astronomy with the general population - "Bringing Astronomy to the People." On Astronomy Day, thousands of people who have never looked through a telescope will have an opportunity to see first hand what has so many amateur and professional astronomers all excited. Astronomy clubs, science museums, observatories, universities, planetariums, laboratories, libraries, and nature centers host special events and activities to acquaint their population with local astronomical resources and facilities. It is an astronomical PR event that helps highlight ways the general public can get involved with astronomy - or at least get some of their questions about astronomy answered. Astronomy Week is the same concept as Astronomy Day except seven times longer.

When
Astronomy Day occurs sometime between mid April and mid May on a Saturday near or before the 1st quarter Moon. Astronomy Week starts the Monday preceding Astronomy Day and ends the following Sunday. Astronomy Week was created to give sponsoring organizations a longer period of time to host special events. Some local Astronomy Week celebrations have actually been longer than just one week.

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Subject: [Mas] A-Day recap, thanks
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 09:09:45 -0500
From: "Michael Kibat"
To: MAS

Astronomy Day 2004 is in the books. An estimated 250 - 275 people visited Friday night and Saturday.

Friday night's star party was clearly the highlight of the weekend -- large crowds, BIG scopes, clear skies. What a lot of fun! (The highlight for me was seeing that MONSTROUS prominence on the Sun's limb -- WOW!).

Saturday's clouds and eventual rain kept most people away, but those who braved the weather got to enjoy a presentation or two and socializing.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in -- bringing telescopes, taking out trash, preparing the meal on Saturday evening, setting up, tearing down, giving presentations and demos, etc. Your efforts are what make these MAS Astronomy Day events so popular and so much fun!

Mike Kibat
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Photos by Ben Huset

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