|This year, we observed
Day in conjunction with NASA's "Vision for Space Exploration
exhibit at the W. A.
Planetarium on Saturday, April 15th. The sky was clear most
the afternoon, but unseasonably warm, with temperatures approching 90
at mid-afternoon. Our day began at 3:00 PM with solar viewing
to the public with the planetarium's and AAS's Hydrogen alpha filtered
telescopes as well as a few scopes with traditional white light
While relatively quiet, the Sun did show one promenience and a lone
The Telescope Clinic was open, but we had no "patients" this year. Normally members from the Auburn Astronomical Society host a telescope clinic to answer questions about different types of telescopes as well as doing minor repairs and cleaning.
Guest speaker, Mitzi Adams, gave her talk in the auditorium at 6:00 PM. Her presentation was followed by remarks from Auburn Astronomical Society President, Dr. Rhon Jenkins, telling the visitors of the purpose and activities of the society.
At 7:00 PM , visitors were treated to a "Tour of the Night Sky" with the Spitz STP projector in the auditorium set to display the stars as they would be seen outside. A brief tour of the simulated night sky was conducted to point out the constellations visible from inside the planetarium.
8:00 PM - Telescopic celestial viewing: The Auburn Astronomical Society brought telescopes for the public to view the wonders of the night sky.
Here is the list of telescope folks & scopes who made this possible:
NASA's "Vision for Space Exploration Experience"
Ray Kunert setting up the planetarium's H-a solar scope