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Astronomy Day 2011 - Thank You!!!

I'd like to thank everyone for a great Astronomy Day weekend. Our members and quests had two clear nights of viewing and great presentations Friday and Saturday. Thanks to Russ and Dave O. for the 'Technology Night' talks. Extra special thanks to the women of our inaugural 'Ladies Day', Jackie, Roxanne and Brandi for the highly entertaining presentations as well. Finally, thanks to Ron, who finished the evening with his patented 'Constellation Tour' which, as always, never ceases to entertain and inform.

As always, thanks to all the Onan Keyholders for lending a hand over the weekend. From dusting off the equipment to manning the scopes, your continued generosity of your time and effort keeps Onan the premier facility it is. THANK YOU!!!

Merle Hiltner


The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Astronomy Day activities at the Onan Observatory in Baylor Regional Park. Speakers are scheduled throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawings will be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and telescopes. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.
Schedule of Events
Friday May 6, 2011: Technology Night Speakers
7:00  Russ Durkee - "An Automated Observatory in the Heart of the City”. MAS member Russ Durkee will talk about his “Shed of Science” - automated observatory in Minneapolis and the research he does.
8:00  "How Technology has Revolutionized Amateur Astronomy" - Several MAS members will demonstrate the latest technology available for astronomers.
Evening Activities
The evening will continue with viewing through our array of telescopes.
Saturday May 7, 2011: Ladies Day
Daytime Activities beginning at noon Solar observation, daytime viewing of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and maybe Mars. Tour of observatory, Activities and crafts for kids. MAS merchandise available and books for sale.
Speakers
3:30  Jackie LaVaque - Welcome to A-Day and "A Tour of the MAS Onan Telescopes" - Learn about the telescopes we have and and how they’re used to show you stars, planets, nebula and galaxies.
4:30  Roxanne Kuerschner - “Cool things out there” - The size of things, how small our sun really is compared to some of the giants and other cool things out there.
5:30  Dinner Break
7:00  Brandi Hansmeyer - Constellations: Answer your questions about the constellations and where they came from. Ancient constellations, the zodiac, how we arrived at the constellations we have now.
8:00  Drawings for Prizes
Evening Activities
The evening will continue with viewing through our array of telescopes. The scopes will initially be “manned” by the women of the day, Jackie, Roxanne, Chelen, and Brandi to show you the nights celestial wonders.
Onan Observatory
The MAS's Onan Observatory, the region's premier all-volunteer public observing facility.
  • More than a dozen telescopes to view through, are among the finest amateur telescopes available.
  • Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
  • Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun's surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
  • Mounted 15x80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
  • A heated warming room to take the chill out of the cool spring nights.
  • Electrical outlets on the outside of the building for those who bring their own scopes.
  • Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.
Astronomy Day
The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People”. This worldwide event invites astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories to sponsor public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.

Astronomy Day was born in California in 1973. Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, decided that rather than try to entice people to travel long distances to visit observatory open houses, they would set up telescopes closer to where the people were - busy locations - urban locations like street corners, shopping malls, parks, etc.

His strategy paid off. Not only did Astronomy Day go over with a bang, not only did the public find out about the astronomy club, they found out about future observatory open houses. Since the public got a chance to look through a portable telescope, they were hooked. They then wanted to see what went on at the bigger telescopes, so they turned out in droves at the next observatory open house.
Location
Baylor Regional Park is roughly 25 miles southwest of the Eden Prairie, MN and just north of Norwood-Young America. It is easily reached either by Minnesota Highway 5 or U.S. Highway 212.

Address:

Baylor Regional Park
10775 County Road 33
Norwood Young America, MN 55397



Click Here for a map to the observatory!



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