Astronomy Day

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Date(s) - May 3, 2014
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Arthur Pursell Observatory
9242 Avenue 184
Tulare, CA 93274


Astronomy Day

Bring your lawn chair, a light jacket, binoculars and enjoy an evening under the stars at the Arthur Pursell Observatory. This is a special astronomical event because four planets will be visible along with the moon. Mars and Jupiter have just passed opposition and Saturn is going to reach opposition on May 10th. Opposition means that the planet is closet to earth in its orbit around the sun. Mars will not be this close again until 2016. Come early to see Mercury before it sets. Followed by Jupiter and the Moon. Mars will be high in the east and Saturn low in the east.

During this event we will give a presentation on the planets in the Astro Physics Center. The public will be able to look through the large telescope in the dome and other smaller telescopes outside on the observing pads. Also there will be a constellation tour of the late spring and early summer constellations.

The event will be held on Saturday evening, May 3rd. This event is held in conjunction with the Astronomical League’e “Astronomy Day”. The gates to the observatory will be open at 7:30 pm. Presentations will start at 8:00 pm. The event will end about 10:00 pm. A $5.00 fee per person will be collected upon entrance to help support the observatory. (TAA members and children 6 and under are free)

The moon will be 4.7 days old and 23% illuminated. We will start by looking at the moon first and later Saturn after it has had a chance to rise higher in the sky.

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People,” and on this day astronomy and stargazing clubs and other organizations around the world will plan special events. You can find out about special local events by contacting your local astronomy club or planetarium. You can also find more about Astronomy Day by checking the Web site for the Astronomical League