Theo tin think phố Gaithersburg trong quận MontgomeryExperience Perseids Meteor Shower, Solar Eclipse at Observatory Park
Posted: July 21, 2017 Skywatching Program The City of Gaithersburg invites you to explore our solar system with two upcoming Skywatching programs at Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Avenue. View the Perseids Meteor Shower on Saturday, August 12 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Bring blankets and chairs to sit or lie on the lawn watching for meteors. Observatory Park will be dark, but please do not bring a bright flashlight; bring a red light as it will be less intrusive to other watchers. Red cellophane will be available to cover any white light flashlights. Also adjust the brightness of electronic devices and keep children close as it will be dark and watchers will be scattered about the grounds. Experience the biggest astronomical event in years at a Solar Eclipse Party on Monday, August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Gaithersburg will be at 80 to 85% totality. Learn why the solar eclipse happens and explore related activities such as creating sun prints and sundials. Observe the eclipse with safe solar viewing glasses (available while supplies last) and other types of solar viewers, telescopes and more. Please note these events may be cancelled or modified due to inclement or cloudy weather. Visit www.facebook.com/GaithersburgCommunityMuseum for updates and last-minute announcements. Some accessible parking for those with disability plates or placards is available by the park, with general parking in the St. Martin’s lot at the corner of DeSellum Avenue and Route 355 (a two block walk). Enter the lot on DeSellum Avenue. Note that there are no amenities available and alcohol is prohibited. Observatory Park is home to the Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory. Operating from 1899 to 1982, the Observatory was one of six worldwide that measured the wobble of the earth on its polar axis leading to improved navigation and scientific discovery. This outdoor interpretive space highlights the importance of the scientific work conducted here for nearly a century. Skywatching programs and other Observatory events are hosted by the Gaithersburg Community Museum. For more information, contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum. Some of the Gaithersburg Community Museum skywatching and educational programs are supported by The Explore Science: Earth & Space project, led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Throughout spring and summer of 2017, events are taking place at over 250 museums and institutions throughout the country. The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). For more information about NISE Net and to download a digital Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit please visit: www.nisenet.org.