100 Telescopes in the Park, September 25-26
September 14, 2009
Source: Wisconsin Astronomy
100 Telescopes in the Park
A Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy
Get ready for a stargazing extravaganza on the nights of September 25 and 26! Planetariums, astronomy clubs and stellar enthusiasts all across southeast Wisconsin will come together with 100 telescopes in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.
Why now? Four hundred years ago in 1609, on some warm autumn nights in Italy, a passionate and brilliant man named Galileo Galilei first turned his telescope toward the heavens. What he saw astounded not only him, but many people across many lands.
Galileo was the first person to gain insight into the workings of distant worlds. He observed mountains and valleys on the Moon. He witnessed moons circling Jupiter, proving not everything orbits planet Earth. His drawings of spots on the Sun revealed that even this heavenly sphere is not the perfect place once imagined. It is Galileo who provided the momentum in changing how we view the universe.
Calling All Telescopes
Celebrate Galileo and the 400th anniversary of the telescope by bringing your own to this stellar event. The goal is have 100 telescopes spread across Greenfield Park in West Allis on both Friday and Saturday nights. Night sky telescope targets include our Moon, the planet Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Hercules Cluster and many more celestial delights!
Telescope Clinic & Workshop
Have a telescope, but not sure how it works? There will be a telescope clinic each night from 6:00pm to 7:00pm before it gets dark. You must sign up for the clinic at www.wisconsinastronomy.org <http://www.wisconsinastronomy.org> There will also be a “Galileoscope” workshop on Friday night!
WHAT: 100 Telescopes in the Park: A Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.
FREE event. Bring your own telescope!
WHO: Wisconsin Astronomy, a group of planetariums, astronomy clubs and stargazers.
WHERE: Greenfield Park, West Allis. On 124th Street, between Lincoln & National Avenues
WHEN: Friday & Saturday Nights, September 25 & 26; 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
WHY: To enjoy the wonders of our universe & honor Mr. Galileo who started it all.
About Wisconsin Astronomy
Wisconsin Astronomy is a volunteer group of astronomy leaders. We come from universities, planetariums, and local telescope observing clubs. Our goal is to teach the wonders of the universe through collaborative events and to promote each other educational programs. Find out more here.
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