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Baylor Regional Park
January 18, 2013
Saturday October 12, 2013
Location: Onan Observatory at Baylor Regional Park
Address: 10775 County Rd 33, Norwood Young America, MN
The Minnesota Astronomical Society would like to invite you to attend the Astronomical League’s Fall
Astronomy Day activities at the Onan Observatory in Baylor Regional Park. Speakers are scheduled
throughout the day and will give talks on astronomy and what there is to see. Door prize drawings will
be held Saturday evening and include MAS merchandise, astronomy books and telescopes. Weather
permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.
Schedule of Events (Subject to change)|
The schedule is still being finalized at this time -- check back for updates!
Saturday October 12, 2013 - Daytime activities begin at 2:00 pm|
2:00 pm: Solar observing, daytime viewing of Mercury, Saturn, Venus, the Moon and maybe Mars. Tour of observatory, Activities and crafts for kids.
|3:00 ||Speaker : TBD
|4:00 ||Speaker : TBD
|5:00 ||Dinner Break
|6:30 ||Speaker : TBD
|7:30 ||Door Prize Drawings
The evening will continue with viewing through our array of telescopes. The Moon, Saturn, Mercury and Venus will top the list of astronomical delights. Neptune and Uranus will also be in prime viewing locations and Jupiter, rising at 10:30 pm, will highlight the evening. Bid farewell to the best summer constellations, nebula and clusters and enjoy the arrival of some of the fall and winters best while the Minnesota temperatures are still “balmy”.
The MAS's Onan Observatory, the region's premier all-volunteer public observing facility.
- More than a dozen telescopes to view through, are among the finest amateur telescopes available.
- Real-time video viewing capabilities for lunar, planetary and deep-sky viewing.
- Solar filters allow safe viewing of the Sun's surface, sunspots and solar prominences.
- Mounted 15x80 binoculars for the ultimate “wide-field” stargazing experience.
- A heated warming room to take the chill out of the cool spring nights.
- Electrical outlets on the outside of the building for those who bring their own scopes.
- Paved handicap parking adjacent to the wheelchair accessible observatory.
Baylor Regional Park is roughly 25 miles southwest of the Eden Prairie, MN and just north of Norwood-Young America. It is easily reached either by Minnesota Highway 5 or U.S. Highway 212. Select the "Directions" link in the left hand column or click HERE for interactive map.
The theme of Astronomy Day is “Bringing Astronomy to the People”. This worldwide event invites
astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories to sponsor public viewing
sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about
astronomy and our wonderful universe.
Astronomy Day was born in California in 1973. Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical
Association of Northern California, decided that rather than try to entice people to travel long
distances to visit observatory open houses, they would set up telescopes closer to where the people
were - busy locations - urban locations like street corners, shopping malls, parks, etc.
His strategy paid off. Not only did Astronomy Day go over with a bang, not only did the public find out
about the astronomy club, they found out about future observatory open houses. Since the public got
a chance to look through a portable telescope, they were hooked. They then wanted to see what went
on at the bigger telescopes, so they turned out in droves at the next observatory open house.