Astronomy Day

2005
April 15-16th, 2005

MN Astronomical Soc., MN Space Frontier Soc., and MN Planetarium Soc., presented Astronomy Day 2005.

Images shot on Sat April 16th, 2005.
Shot with a Sony DCR-TVR350

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

Onan Sign

going to Astro Day

Sat view of Clouds 1:15pm

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Solar System Model

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Hitch Hikers Guide
to the Galaxy

door prize Poster

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Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson

SBIG controls

SBIG CCD

SBIG CCD

handouts

MAS T-shirts

ATM Mirror demo

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US Radar Sat 1:30 pm

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cookin

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NSS/ Mars Society info

MER / ISS info

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Moving the BAD

Jenn & Jeff

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Hank the Astro dog

Parke & Mike

Parke speaks

Parke speaks

Parke / MER

Mike looks @ Clouds

telescope queues

telescope queues

star gazing

star gazing

star gazing

star gazing

star gazing

star gazing

star gazing

star gazing

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star gazing

star gazing

Jackie

star gazing

star gazing

Mike runs SBIG

Mike runs SBIG

Jenn & Jeff

Jenn & Jeff
Pics by Hal Yngve

Mike runs SBIG

Ben & MN SFS's MER

Ben & MN SFS's MER

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

The clouds finally parted briefly late Saturday afternoon and then again after 9pm Saturday. and some star gazing finally happened.

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!


Photos by Ben Huset & Hal Yngve

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