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Astronomy Day

Astronomy Day 2017

Theme: Bringing Astronomy to the People

Astronomy Day will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM in Monte Sano State Park

ASTRONOMY DAY COMBINES FAMILY FUN AND EDUCATION

 

Astronomy Day at VBASOn Saturday, October 21 from 1-10 pm, the Von Braun Astronomical Society will host its annual Astronomy Day at the VBAS facilities in Monte Sano State Park. Events will include family fun activities hosted by local science groups, planetarium shows and telescope observing (weather permitting). All activities are free and open to the public.

Outdoor hands-on activities from 1-5 pm will be offered by VBAS, as well as local science enthusiasts. In the past we have had representatives from HAL5 (National Space Society Huntsville Chapter), U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and Lonnie Puterbaugh: Astronomy Van.

Short planetarium shows will allow guests to view the night sky indoors, while special solar telescopes outside will offer views of sunspots and solar flares. Visitors may tour both observatory facilities to hear stories about the construction and installation of the telescopes.

Evening activities will kick off at 7:00 pm with a presentation indoors by our keynote speaker, TBD.

Tentative outdoor activities include: The Astronomy Channel, a mobile multimedia astronomy exhibit presented by Lonnie Puterbaugh of Nashville, TN, along with the following activities:

  • *Apollo 15 Moon Rock sample
  • *Astrophotography
  • *Meteorites
  • *Solar Telescopes
  • *Observatory tours
  • *Pin the Payload on International Space Station, and Make and Launch Your Own Paper Air Rocket presented by HAL5.
  • *Dry Ice comet making
  • *Spectroscopy
  • *Astronomy Van
  • *Live Satellite tracking
  • *Food Tent
  • *Telescope Workshop at 5:30 pm (Bring your telescope!)
  • *And many more

 

Afternoon Mini-Planetarium Show Schedule:

  • 1:30    TBD
  • 2:30    TBD
  • 3:30    TBD
  • 4:30    TBD

 

Evening Show

Stay tuned for more information.

Speaker Bio:

 

 

 

VBAS Astronomy Day 2017 sponsored by:

 
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