Popular Skywatching Programs Return to Observatory Park

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Posted: April 06, 2017

The City of Gaithersburg invites you to turn your eyes skyward during a series of Skywatching programs at Observatory Park, 100 DeSellum Avenue. Admission is free and suitable for all ages except as otherwise noted. The series kicks off with a Group Astronomy Night on Friday, May 5, 2017, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Explore the Observatory, create your own planetarium, and learn about telescopes and observe the Moon through one. This event is suitable for ages six to 10 and is ideal for Cub Scouts, Brownies and home school students. One adult is required to attend for every six children. Cost is $3 per child; no cost for chaperone. Reservations must be made as a group. Pre-registration required. Montgomery County Heritage Days Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25, noon – 4 p.m. Enjoy a picnic and participate in astronomy-related activities at Observatory Park while taking part in Heritage Days. The Observatory building will be open and telescopes will be available for solar observations, weather permitting. Self-guided tours of this interpretive park and national historic landmark are available during Park hours throughout the year. Twin Stars & Mercury Saturday, June 24, 9 – 10:30 p.m. It’s a New Moon, so with the night’s dark skies, we will be looking for twin stars and Mercury. Saturn Friday, July 7, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Saturn is the night’s focus. Ted Avraham, NASA Solar System Ambassador, leads a pre-skywatching discussion about the “the ringed planet” and the Cassini Mission. Perseids Meteor Shower Saturday, August 12, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. Bring blankets and chairs to sit or lie on the lawn watching for meteors. Keep children close as it will be dark and watchers will be scattered about the grounds. Solar Eclipse Party Monday, August 21, 1 – 4 p.m. Gaithersburg will be at 80% totality. Join us for an afternoon of solar related activities and observations with safe solar viewers. Interested in volunteering at Observatory events? Adult ad student volunteers (ages 16+) are needed and training takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required to participate in the training. Learn about the history of the site, the meaning of the geodetic markers, and how to operate the telescopes used during events. Students can earn service learning credits by attending the training and volunteering at two events. Parental permission is required for those under the age of 18. For more information and to register for the April 22 training session, please contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum. 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 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. If you are interested in additional Skywatching programs, please contact the Gaithersburg Community Museum. 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. Observation Night is hosted by 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. This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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