Portage District Library
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Beginning at 7:00 pm

On 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."

Evening 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 8:00 pm.

Below is the schedule of events to take place on April 25th. More 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!

DAYTIME ACTIVITIES - Portage District Library
11:00 am Solar Observing begins (weather permitting)

Greeting Table opens

Freebie Table opens

Hands-on Activities begin:
  • Build a Hubble Model
  • Paint-A-Pluto Globe
  • Make A Fan Comet
Displays open
  • Icy Worlds of the Outer Solar System
  • KAS Member Astrophotography
  • The Hubble Space Telescope
  • Meet the Telescopes
12:00 pm Ask the Astronomer booth opens

Astronomy Day Theater:

Saving Hubble

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2:00 pm Astronomy Day Theater:

Passport to Pluto & Beyond

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4:00 pm All Astronomy Day activities at the library end.
EVENING ACTIVITIES - Kalamazoo Nature Center
7:00 pmKeynote Presentation:

25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

presented by Dr. Frank Summers

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9:00 pm Observing Begins

See the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and much more!

(weather permitting)