MAS Astronomy Day
May 1st, 2009

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Images shot on Friday May 1st, 2009.
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Friday May 1st, 2009

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May 1st and 2nd, is the annual Astronomy Day weekend. Astronomy Day is a grass roots movement designed 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 Day weekend highlights Saturn and its' thinning rings, the Moon, Mercury passing by the Pleiades and comets Cardinal (C/2008 T2) and Yi-SWAN (C/2009 F6) visible in the evening. Venus will also be a good target but will need to be viewed several hours BEFORE sunset. We will be saying goodbye to the winters finest objects M42, M45 and M1 and welcoming the arrival of some of summers best: M13, M57, M3, NGC4565, the Virgo cluster and many others.


Events begin Friday May 1st at 7:00 pm with solar viewing and informal video presentations, followed by stargazing. Saturday's events begin at noon and will include speakers thruout the afternoon.

Saturday's Scheduled Speakers
1:00 Merle Hiltner – International Year of Astronomy and Galileo
2:00 Michael Kauper – How to do Astronomy with Children
3:00 Bill Arden – The stories of the Stars: Mythology of the Constellations

4:00 BSIG picnic break

6:00 Bob Kerr – “Exploring Tonight’s Sky”
7:00 Ron Schmit: 'The Grand Tour'
9:00 Ron Schmit: Sky Tour

Jackie LaVaque will be acting as hostess/MC and will give a brief overview and history of the observatory along with being available to answer your questions.


We will also have the B-SIG hosting the annual pot luck picnic for MAS members. So bring a dish, chips, banana cream pie from Baker's Square ;-) and join the fun!


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