World Astronomy Day
April 21, 2007
Join us in our celebration of reaching more than 15,000 people worldwide!
"Iran Astronomy Day was very successful. We had so many people attend in events all over Iran that we would guess there were many more than 500." -- Iran Astronomers
"We had over 350 in attendance during the 6 hours we had the event. There were 5 Planetarium programs, solar viewing, and many make and take activities." --Kansas City, MO
"The Irish Astronomical Association (IAA) held a public star party at Carnfunnock Country Park, near Larne, N. Ireland on 21 April to celebrate International Astronomy day. The plan was to observe Saturn, which is well positioned in Leo at the moment. Unfortunately it was clouded out that evening. We had about 30 attendees, including the park staff. The poor weather deterred the normally keen observers. Nevertheless, two of our members Derek Heatly (the “Ulsternaut”) and Dr Andy McCrea gave public lectures. Derek described his experiences of weightless flights at the Russian Space centre and his plans to be the first Ulster space tourist (hence the term “Ulsternaut”!). Andy did a talk on the wonders of the April night sky plus a mini tour of the solar system planets. Money raised by book/video sales etc. at the meeting will be donated to Northern Ireland Leukaemia Research charity." --Lame, Ireland
"We had over 250 people stop to view Saturn & our Moon. We will have a story in in the Trib in May about SWA in advance of ISAN." --Latin School & Chicago Sidewalk Astronomers, Chicago, IL
"The Tri-State Astronomers (TSA) based in Hagerstown, MD celebrated Astronomy Day on Friday and Saturday, April 20 & 21. We set up over 20 telescopes at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. Both nights were exceptionally clear and mild. We had over 200 guests on Friday and over 300 on Saturday! One of our most successful Astronomy Day Public Star Parties ever! Guests started showing up around 7:30 and the last ones left around 11 pm each night. We had plenty of pamphlets and information sheets to hand out courtesy of Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. One long time TSA member said: "I've never had so many people waiting to look through my scope!" Views of the Moon and Saturn drew the most exciting remarks from our guests. Some asked to look at specific objects (i.e., M51, M65 & M66) Overall it was our best Astronomy Day ever for the TSA!" --Tri-State Astronomers, Hagerstown, MD
"We had a great day that centered around StarLab shows! --Custer Institute, New York
"This is Ireland and there was of course 100,000,000 clouds in the sky above Sandymount in Dublin. Most of these were laden with tons of water so there were few people out strolling for the good of their health that evening. Once again we arrived and set up some of our telescopes in the hope of a break in the weather. As I said in Friday’s report, people are fascinated with telescopes, they attract people and that’s basically the way the evening unfolded. John Murphy, Patricia Carroll Elizabeth Caird, Myself and Michael Murphy from SDAS were on hand to answer peoples questions. Connor and Ben Murphy manned the UNICEF buckets and did a great job collecting for children supported by UNICEF. They gave out our information and Global Parent leaflets also. “What’s going on”? “How far can you see with that”? “How much does something like that cost “? “Is it heavy”? “Can you really see Saturn”? “I used to be into astronomy how do I get involved”? “Great idea to do this for UNICEF” “Will you be here again and when”? “I came last year for Chernobyl and saw Jupiter; I was hoping to see Saturn and Venus” “I just love stars, what is that really bright one in the sky at the moment”? These were some of the comments made by people who stopped by for a chat about astronomy and to give to UNICEF. We talked Astronomy, Venus, Moon, Saturn and Telescopes for the evening. People wanted to look through the telescopes so (and not for the first time) I demonstrated the magnification of my scope by landing peoples eyes on the decks of ferries coming out of Dublin Port. J The rust on the Poolbeg towers was another target, also signs on building several miles away gave people some idea of what telescopes can do. We also explained how they worked and why objects are upside down in them. So there was a little edutainment going on in Sandymount for a few hours. Duncan Stewart from TV came down for a chat and a look, he was very interested in my telescope. We had a very long talk about astronomy in Ireland, light pollution, telescopes, astronomical sketching, UNICEF and the concept of Astronomy Day. We had no Moon, no Venus, no Saturn to share with people, but we shared our enthusiasm for astronomy. We shared our knowledge and we talked and talked and talked astronomy from 8:30pm till 10:00pm to around 35 people who came down to listen. We wound up early as it looked like rain, finished up with a little French coffee to warm us against the chilly breeze coming off the sea. Now if you have been entertained, amused, intrigued, or inspired by this thread then you can jump in and give a donation to UNICEF Ireland at this page and if you are doing this, write Look Up for UNICEF in the comment box at the end so UNICEF will know it came from this effort." --Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
"Our first combined club Astronomy Day on April 7 was a bit unlucky... It snowed the whole time! Despite poor weather, we still had around 30 attendees. By April 21, we couldn't have asked for better weather or participation! Glorious sunny skies, more visitors than we have ever seen before, a crystal clear night and the Lyrid Meteors! We lost count at over 320 guests... It was our best Astronomy Day ever!" --Warren Rupp Observatory and Astronomy For Youth, Mansifeld, OH
"I had the opportunity to visit in Cincinnati for Astronomy Day on the Levee. It was great!" -- Cincinnati, OH
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