MAS Galilean Nights
October 23rd-24th, 2009






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Saturday October 24th, 2009

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Bill Arden Topic: Some of the sights in the current night sky and the stories that go with them
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Ron Schmit Topic: Galileo and the Telescope
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Galilean Nights Thank You


Thanks to all who came out to Onan to celebrate with us. Special thanks to Bill and Ron for their presentations and to our many volunteers who staffed the events.

Also, congratulations to our door prize winners. Winners of books and gifts include: Paul Lang, Donald Stephats, Mark Gerold, Shremattie Kokotovich, Zach, Chris Conati, Jeoy Burns, J.T., Linda Hiltner, Emily Carlsa, Jim Connors, Sharon Ayers, Ben Sixel, John Santelmann, Tyler Schrempp, Aaron Schindler, Deanne Wilkowski, Jacob Kopperarater and Tedla Kefene. And our telescope winners Bill Arden, winner of the Galileoscope; Kathy Schrempp, winner of the Celestron Explorascope; and Josh Laucher, winner of the 60mm Tasco classic refractor. (I apologize for any misspellings)


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Join the MAS to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy Galilean Nights
October 23 & 24 at Onan Observatory


Four hundred years since Galileo’s telescopic observations revolutionized our view of the Universe, the public will once again be turning their attention to the heavens. People all around the world are encouraged to take part in Galilean Nights activities on 22-24 October 2009 and experience for themselves the same sense of awe and wonder that Galileo must have felt.

The aim of the IYA2009 is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme‚'The Universe, Yours to Discover'. IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all countries.

As part of this International Year of Astronomy event, Galilean Nights, the Minnesota Astronomical Society will be having public star parties Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th at Onan Observatory. These “rain or shine” events will feature a talk on the International Year of Astronomy and Galileo & his discoveries.

With the arrival of fall, the best summer objects are visible in the early evening with the objects of fall and winter rising throughout the night. Enjoy views of nebula, star clusters, galaxies, and especially Jupiter & the Moon thru some of the finest amateur telescopes in the world. (weather permitting)

Door prize drawings will be held on Saturday night October 24th (at approximately 8:00 pm). Prizes include a one year MAS membership, astronomy books & gifts, MAS merchandise and several telescopes.

For additional information go to the IYA Galilean Nights press release


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Galilean Nights Agenda

6:00 pm: Bill Arden Topic: Some of the sights in the current night sky and the stories that go with them
Yes, the constellations have stories as well as names - many of them from many different cultures. Find out who's related to who, why Perseus is so close to Andromeda, and why your zodiac sign may be Ophiuchus and not Scorpio!

7:00 pm: Ron Schmit Topic: Galileo and his discoveries
'What would you do when faced with evidence that the entire world had been wrong for a thousand years? What Galileo saw through the telescope, irrevocably changed the way we view our place in the cosmos. It stuck a death blow to a belief system thousands of years old and put him in direct opposition to the decrees of church and state. Join us as we see what he saw and contemplate the ramifications of this new world view. We'll review the writings of Galileo, and follow in his footsteps, observing the same things through our telescopes, that changed the world through his.'

8:00 pm: Door Prize Drawing (after Ron's talk)



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