Planet Parade 2004
MN Planetarium Soc., MN Astronomy Soc.,
MN Space Frontier Soc.,
Hosted by Eisenhower Observatory
March 25th, 2004

Images shot on thurs Mar 25th, 2004.
Shot with a Sony DCR-TVR350

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Welcome

MN SFS / MAS Display

MN SFS / MAS Display

Gravity Bottles

Robot Control / ISS Orbit Display

MER Solar Panel

Crowd

Crowd

Crowd

Crowd

Crowd

Rover Driver

ISS Display

M.E.R.

Crowd

crowd

crowd

Bob B. speaks

Bob B. speaks

Bob B. speaks

Bob B. speaks

Bob B. speaks

taking tickets

Ron and visitors in the dome

Ron and visitors in the dome

Ron and visitors in the dome

Parke explains a sky chart

Planet Parade - March 25

Skywatchers, take note! In the latter half of March and the first few days of April, all five naked-eye planets can be seen simultaneously. Mercury and Venus will be about as high as possible at dusk for viewers at mid-northern latitudes, providing the most favorable opportunity until 32 years from now to observe all five bright planets in the evening sky. In order from west to east, this March's long planetary lineup will consist of Mercury-Venus-Mars-Saturn-Jupiter. Not until April 2036 will there be a more easily observed display of all five naked-eye planets at dusk.

Join the Minnesota Planetarium Society at the Eisenhower Observatory in Hopkins on Thursday night, March 25th from 7pm to 10pm to celebrate this spectacular planet parade! Also that night, the red planet Mars will be less than 1 degree away from a beautiful crescent Moon.

What: Planet Parade! Planet & Moon Gazing with Telescopes (cool planet programs if cloudy)
Who: Minnesota Planetarium Society & Eisenhower Observatory Volunteers
Where: Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 W. Hwy 7, Hopkins
When: Thursday night, March 25, 7pm to 10pm
Why: All five planets will not this good in the evening sky for another 32 years!
Cost: Suggested Donation: $2 Adults, $1 Children 12 & under

Photos by Ben Huset

Last revision Mar 27, 2004
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