Astronomy Day Events - April 2013

 

Unless otherwise noted all events occur on Sat. April 20, 2013

UNITED STATES

ARIZONA

Sierra Vista Public Library, Sierra Vista

he Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizonza will conduct daytime solor viewing, a solar-system scale 'walk' to the dwarf planet Pluto, and astronomy exhibits at the city of Sierra Vista's Public Library, close to City Hall.  Contact the club (HAC) at P.O. Box 922, Sierra Vista, AZ, 85636

CONNECTICUT

Astronomy Day 2013, 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford

The Children's Museum and Travelers Science Dome Planetarium invite visitors to our all-day, family-fun Astronomy Day 2013 celebration on Saturday April 20th. Planetarium shows and hands-on astronomy activities will be presented. For details and the Astronomy Day 2013 schedule of events,please visit The Children's Museum homepage at www.thechildrensmuseumct.org

 

 

GEORGIA

Astronomy Day Festival, 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah 

Join the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at the Coastal Georgis Botanicla Gardens for a day of stargazing! We will have scopes set up for daytime viewing, seminars on how to gaze and other stargazing related topics, activities for children and other fun events. The day will be capped off by a 1950's sci-fi movie and night time viewing. Call (912) 921-5460 for more information. 

ILLINOIS

Astronomy Day, Moline Public Library, 3210 41st. St., Moline

Please join the Popular Astronomy Club at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st. St., Moline, Illinois as we celebrate National Astronomy Day from 2:00 pm---5:00 pm.    There will be make & take crafts, comet making demonstrations, displays including items on loan from NASA,  and guest speakers.    Outside we will have solar observing (weather permitting) with our mobile observatory and club equipment.     Door prizes and refreshments will be available.  Join us for this free, educational, and family friendly celebration of astronomy!     In the evening, join us at the Niabi Zoo as wecontinue our Astronomy Day activities with a Tour of the Night Sky from dusk until 11:30 pm.  (weather permitting)

For more information visit our website: http://www.pacastronomy.50megs.com/

 

Astronomy Day Event, Harper College, Palatine

You are invited to join the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and Harper College explore the wonders of the universe on Astronomy Day 2013.  Saturday, April 20th - RAIN or SHINE. The event is free and all ages are welcome.

Telescope viewing (weather permitting) at the Karl G. Henize Observatory on campus and NSA club member telescopes will be available. NSA members will be on hand to answer any questions and conduct tours of the night sky. Inside the school will be a wide variety of shows, demonstrations, and exhibits.

There will be displays and astrophotos, astronomy programs, projects for children and planetarium dome to simulate the night sky. We look forward to you joining us, as we provide an informative and entertaining celebration o fastronomy.

Telescopes on Display

Campus Observatory

Planetarium Dome

Astronomy Lectures

Displays and Photographs

Projects for Children

The Northwest Suburban Astronomers maintains a strong tradition embodied in our motto “to cultivate, foster and promote interest and participation in astronomy” for over 30 years.  This Astronomy Day event is well attended, so plan to come early and stay late...

WHERE: William Rainey Harper College

Building Z

Algonquin Road Entrance

Parking Lots 2 & 3

Palatine, IL

WHEN: Saturday April 20, 2013

Time: 5:30 PM with programs at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00

Cost: FREE

Please visit our website at: www.nsaclub.org

 

LOUISIANA

7th Annual International Astronomy Day, 13800 Highland Road, Baton Rouge

Join HRPO for its seventh annual IAD celebration! We'll have special exhibits from the Baton Rouge Amateur Radio Club, the Baton Rouge Gem and Mineral Society, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, the Baton Rouge Zoo, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the Civil Air Patrol, LIGO, the LSU ChemDemo Program, the Society of Physics Students, the Southern Regional Climate Center and others. An eighteen-foot dry slide, a spacewalk and the irreplaceable GyroXtreme are all returning! The brand-new Coronado Solar Max II telescope will premiere, showing the public amazing views of the Sun during this year of peak solar activity. Viewing of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn will also talk place. As usual, HRPO personnel will showcase the beautiful Renaissance Sundial and the Haystack-style radio telescope. A chemistry demonstration and other surprises await you, your family and friends. Finally, we'll raffle off some incredible prizes; you don't have to be present to win. Don't miss HRPO's biggest event of the year! [HRPO is brought to the public by BREC, LSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society.] [Moon and dome photo courtesy RodneyBell.]

MASSACHUSETTS

SSAS Astronomy Day, Scituate Public Library, Scituate

Join the Scituate Public Library and the South Shore Astronomical Society in a celebration of Astronomy Day.  

Events will include:  Talks and Discussions, Planetarium Shows, Meteorite Collections, Children Activities and Solar Viewing plus a special "Astronomical' visitor. If you have a telescope and are not sure how to set it up; bring it with you and we will teach you the basics. We will have special activities for cub scouts working on their Astronomy Belt Loops.  These events will take place from Noon to 4:00 PM.

Join us back at the Library starting at sundown for an evening star party.

More information will be posted on our web site,  http://ssastros.org

MICHIGAN

Astronomy Day 2013, 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo

On April 20, 2013 the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) will hold its annual award-winning Astronomy Day, a day-long celebration featuring educational displays, hands-on activities, and special presentations to bring science alive for the entire community. This FREE event, aimed at the general public, especially families with school age children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science, particularly the field of astronomy.

This year’s theme is the Mars: Past, Present and Future. No other planet in the solar system has fired the imagination like Mars. For most of human history, the Red Planet was nothing more than a tantalizing point of light on a starry back drop. Today we have a small fleet of spacecraft surveying the Red Planet from orbit and two rovers currently exploring its surface.

Daytime activities will be held at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum starting at 9:00 am. These include safe observations of the Sun, a full-scale inflatable model of the Curiosity Mars rover, hands-on activities for children, celestial portraits with your choice of astronomical backdrops (fee requested), free shows in the planetarium, and special presentations on Mars in the museum’s Stryker Theater. Please see the Kalamazoo Astronomica Society’s special Astronomy Day website (astroday.kasonline.org) for a complete schedule.

Astronomy Day caps off under nature's grandest spectacle - the universe itself! Telescopes of all shapes and sizes will be available for your viewing pleasure at Owl Observatory, located on the grounds of the Kalamazoo Nature Center. The observatory, featuring the KAS 12" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, will also be open to the public. Highlights of the night include the Moon and Jupiter. Gates open at 8:00 pm.

AstroNite, Murchie Science Building, Univ. of Michigan-Flint, Flint

Enjoy a family-oriented open house that's out of this world! As part of the International Day of Astronomy sponsored by the Astronomical League, UM-Flint and Longway Planetarium have joined for a night that is sure to make your imagination soar to the stars. This April, help make and dissect a comet, discover how rainbows help astronomers unravel the secrets of the universe, create and examine your own craters, catch a show in Longway's portable planetarium, and more! If the sky is clear, we will take our telescopes outside Murchie Science Building to look at amazing objects in the sky. Check out planets, the Moon, and star clusters. If you would like to bring your own telescope, you may set it up.

This free open house event takes place from 7:00pm-10:00pm on the first floor of the Murchie Science Building on the University of Michigan-Flint campus.

For more information, please visit: http://homepages.umflint.edu/~ganguly/Astronite.html

MINNESOTA

National Astronomy Day activities at Paulucci Space Theater,  1515 East 25th Street, Hibbing

The Range Astronomy Club will be sponsoring events at the Paulucci Space Theater in Hibbing MN on National Astronomy Day. Events start at 4:00 PM with solar viewing. At 6:00 PM there will be two shows inside, by the acting director of the space theater. At 8:00 until 10:30 telescope viewing will resume with night sky objects. In event of cloud cover topics will be presented indoors. For more information on our club visit: www.rangeastronomy.org

Minnesota Astronomical Society Astronomy Day, 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America

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.

NEBRASKA

Astronomy Day Super Star Party, 28210 West Park Hwy, Ashland, April 19

Astronomy Day Super Star Party

Friday, April 19. 8:00-11:00PM. Strategic Air & Space Museum front sidewalk.

To observe Astronomy Day, the Strategic Air & Space Museum will be hosting our biggest “Star Party” of the year on Friday, April 19.  Starting a 8:00PM, our friends with the Omaha Astronomical Society will be setting up dozens of large telescopes to observe the wonders of the night sky. Here’s your chance to see the beautiful Orion Nebula before it bids adieu for the season, and even an opportunity to see up-close the largest planet in our solar system- Jupiter. Dozens of other celestial objects will also be visible throughout the evening.

This event is sponsored by the Omaha Astronomical Society, and the Strategic Air & Space Museum. Open to everyone who loves the night sky. No admission charge. Refreshments will also be served.

PENNSYLVANIA

Astronomy Day at the Oil Region Astronomical Society, Two Mile Run County Park, Franklin

Astronomy enthusiasts across the globe will celebrate Astronomy Day Saturday, April 20th.   The Oil Region Astronomical Observatory will be open to the public starting at 7:00 PM in celebration of Astronomy Day.  If you've never seen the rings of Saturn, or the moons of Jupiter through a telescope then this is a "must see event".  The Oil Region Astronomical Society encourages interested individuals of all ages to attend the event.  There is no charge for admission, however donations are always appreciated.

Schedule

NOTE: The event is weather dependent.  If it is raining or cloudy the event will not take place.

7:00 PM - Observatory Opens

7:00 PM - Sunset - Observe the solar storms on the sun through a special H-alpha Telescope

7:30 PM -  8:30 PM - Build your own Galileo Scope (http://galileoscope.org/)

Cost is $25 for the kit.  However become an ORAS member and your cost will be $15)

8:30 PM - ?? - Observing of the night sky with the Observatory Telescopes

If you have questions on the night of the event, please call the Observatory at 814-437-2525.

For directions to the Observatory, please visit http://www.oras.org and click on the "Observatory" Link.

VIRGINIA

Astronomy Day 2013, Walmart, Galax

Everyone is invited to join the Echo Ridge Astronomical Society in celebrating Astronomy Day 2013.

We will have telescopes set up for both solar observing and lunar observing weather permitting.  There will also be free information handouts and certificates for childrens first telescopic observation.

Program will begin at 7PM until.

Come join us for fun and learning a little about our universe.

INTERNATIONAL

HAITI

Astronomy Day in Hait, Deschapelles

The Haitian Astronomical Society is planning a starry night on April 20th, 2013 at Deschapelles, Artibonite, Haiti. This event aims to introduce poeple in astronomy and to better motivate local youngs already involved with us in the astronomy quest.

We plan to start at 8h00PM with  projection about the sky constellations and their related cultures. The more populars constellations will be projectedand we will use astronomical software like Stellarium to make simulation.

The second party of our event will be in fact weather dependant: we will identify the constellations directly on the sky and some popular stars will also be identify. In fact, that will be a non telescope indentification, allowing us to apprehend the dark sky as a whole.

INDIA

Astronomy Day 2013, The Versatiles, Surabhi, Meherabad, Ahmednagar. 414006

The programme of ASTRONOMY DAY on 20 April is arranged as-----

Venue------ YASHSHREE ACADEMY  near AHMEDNAGAR  in INDIA

TIME---------1700 to 2100 IST.(1130 ti 1600 UTC)

Participants------ 100 students of  the academy  & 100 others

Programme------Display of books on ASTRONOMY

                              PPT --Getting Started Right IN ASTRONOMY

                              SKY-WATCHING

 

Astronomy Day and International Sidewalk Astronomy Night Program, Muskan Park, Eakta Maidan, Vejalpur, Ahmedabad 380 051

Astronomy Day and International Sidewalk Astronomy Night Program on 20th April, 2013 7 to 9 pm by Astronomy Club Ahmedabad and Society for Promoting Rationality at Muskan Park, Eakta Maidan, Vejalpur, Ahmedabad 380 051

This would be an equal opportunity, wheel chair friendly event open to all.

IRAN

The Astronomical Association Of Imam Ali Mosque , Mirza baabaaei st, Punak,Tehran, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN, Tehran, April 19

The Astronomical Association Of Imam Ali Mosque invites you to celebrate the NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY And NATIONAL ASTRONOMY WEEK, April 19- 25, 2013.

We has participated in Astronomy Day for about 2 years. We look forward to you joining us, as we provide an informative and entertaining celebration of astronomy.

 Activities:

-Birthday celebration Of The Astronomical Association Of Imam Ali Mosque.

-observation of night sky with telescope,sun with filter,Viewing of the first-quarter moon

-Videos & Slides Shows

-Astronomical competition for all,and giving Award

-Exhibition of Photographs and astronomical posters

-light pollution station" to Illustrate the hazards of light pollution

-Astronomy for Kids

-Exhibition:solar system,astronomy & computers,light pollution,astronomy day for children,

-Sundial Making

-Visit the planetarium

-Making Replica of the solar system

-Astronomy seminar  with professors speech in astronomy week

-Preparation a astronomical software

All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information visit our weblog: http://www.astronomyday1391.blogfa.com

Call for directions: Ali Irannezhad    +98-9396944521 Irannezhad.a@gmail.com

Iran Amateur of Astronomy Society Astronomy week Programs, No. 238, Forsat Shirazi St, Tehran

Iran Amateur of Astronomy Society (IAAS) International Astronomy day & week programs, 15th to 21st of April, 2013

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1 - Monday, 15th of April: Promotional Program in a primary school in center of Tehran (First day Astronomy week)

2 - Tuesday, 16th of April: Eventide Observation in a middle school in North of Tehran

3 - Wednesday, 17th of April: Eventide Observation in a high school in South of Tehran

4 - Thursday, 18th of April: Eventide and nightly Observation in Abyaneh village, Kashan city

5 - Friday, 19th of April: Various Programs in Almahdi Park in Tehran (Southern side of Azadi Square), from 4 pm to 9 pm with cooperation of Culture management of Region 9 of Tehran Municipality.details:

     • Sky Observation with Powerful Telescopes for all of Sky lovers

     • Astronomical Questions & Answers

     • Astronomy for Kids

     • Sundial workshop for youth

     • Astronomical Competitions

6 - Saturday, 20th of April (International Astronomy day): Astronomical Conference and Lectures in Almahdi Park in Tehran, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

7 - Sunday, 21st of April: New Idea of IAAS: Bringing Astronomy to Prisons and share sky love with this part of society.

8 - Broadcasting program details of other Iranian groups in news agencies and IAAS Website.

For the first time, after receiving posters & documents of Astronomy day & week from Astronomical League in 2001, with cooperation of Bahman Cultural center in south of Tehran, IAAS celebrated this day along with other sky lovers over the world, and continually to present has a new idea each year for Bringing Astronomy to the People.

For more information: IAAS Website: http://iaas.ir

Phone: +9821-66922627

PERU

Dia de la Astronomia en el Peru Explanada del Campo de Marte, Lima

Peru will celebrate the Astronomy Day on Saturday, 20 April 2013 by hosting an afternoon display of telescopes, demonstrations on how to use them and power point presentations on Astrology. The moon, Jupiter and Saturn will be seen once it gets dark. The event is for audiences of all ages, and it is free of charge.

Edgar Castro informes@astronomiaperu.com

ROMANIA

Astronomy Day Spring 2013, Sfantu Gheorghe Covasna, April 4

We are pleased to inform you that for the second time in our city in Romania we will held the Astronomy Day.

Our planed observations:

17:30-19:00 Sun in H-Alpha and White Light

17:30-22:00 Moon

20:00-22:30 Jupiter

22:30-Midnight Saturn

21:00-Midnight Deep Sky Observations like M81, M82, M42

We will have amateur astronomers invited, who will keep company to the observers, and we will have our photography work projected during the entire event.