Astronomy Day 2007
|Saturday, April 21, was a beautiful clear spring
day with temperatures in the mid-to-high 70's and with a mild breeze all
afternoon and evening. The Auburn Astronomical Society in partnership
with the W. A. Gayle Planetarium, celebrated the tenth anniversary of their
combined efforts in celebrating National Astronomy Day, at the planetarium
in Oak Park in Montgomery.
Planetarium director, Rick Evans', announcements on National Public Radio's WTSU (and satellite stations) and and nice article in the Montgomery Advertiser brought out an estimated crowd of 250 visitors for this year's event. Rick is as good a host as he is a publicist. Rick had name tags for us and later, pizza and soft drinks. Rick also had a huge cake decorated with an image of the Andromeda Galaxy on it for the visitors to help celebrate our tenth year of cooperation.
The following were there with their scopes to help with Astronomy Day.
Our day's events included:
3:00PM: AAS members and friends began setting up telescopes. Early bird visitors were able to view the four-day-old Moon, and the Sun in the light of hydrogen-alpha with the AAS PST scope, and members filtered white-light images.
5:00PM: Telescope Clinic was open for guests to bring their sick, disassembled, or otherwise malfunctioning telescopes for repair.
6:00 PM: Planetarium show in the auditorium.
7:00 PM: Rick presented a "Tour of the Night Sky" in the planetarium, giving an overview of what the guests will see when they see when they step outside.
8:00 PM: The guests came out to view the planets Venus, Saturn, its rings and moons; the mountains and craters of the four-day-old Moon and binary stars.
Many thanks to all who participated, and special
thanks to Rick Evans for making this happen every year for the past decade.
It was great to visit with our old friends and make some new ones.
Below are some images of the day's activities: