Saturday, April 25, 2015 the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) will
hold its annual award-winning Astronomy Day, a day-long celebration
featuring educational displays, hands-on activities, and special
presentations to bring science alive for the entire community. This FREE
event, aimed at the general
public, especially families with school age
children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science,
particularly the field of astronomy.
The theme of Astronomy Day 2015 is Small Worlds & the Hubble Space Telescope
. 2015 is a seminal year for so-called "dwarf planets." In March, the Dawn
spacecraft arrived in orbit around Ceres, the main asteroid belt's largest denizen, and New Horizons
will perform its historic flyby of Pluto this July. This year also
marks the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has
become the most important astronomical tool ever created. To help us
celebrate 25 years of Hubble our special keynote speaker will be Dr. Frank Summers
, an outreach astrophysicist from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
We are pleased to welcome the Portage District Library as
a co-sponsor. The library will host our daytime
activities from 11am - 4pm. These include safe observations of the
Sun, hands-on activities for children, educational displays, our Ask
the Astronomer booth, and special showings of "Saving Hubble" and "Passport to Pluto & Beyond
activities will be held at the Kalamazoo Nature Center beginning at
7:00 pm. Dr. Frank Summers will deliver the keynote presentation, followed
by a night of observing. Telescopes of all shapes and sizes will be
available for viewing
around Owl Observatory, located on the grounds of the Kalamazoo
Nature Center. The observatory, featuring the KAS 12"
Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, will also be open to the public.
Highlights of the night include the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter.
Gates open at
Below is the schedule of events to take place on April 25th
detailed information on all of our activities can be found throughout
this special website. Please feel free to contact us
if you have any further comments or questions. Thank you and see you on Astronomy Day!