Saturday October 4, 2014
Eagle Lake 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 MAS Eagle Lake 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 videos. Weather permitting, the evening will conclude with tours of the night sky and of course stargazing.|
|Schedule of Events (Subject to change)|
|Saturday October 4, 2014 – Daytime activities begin at 2:00 pm
2:00 pm: Solar observing, daytime viewing of Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and maybe Mars. Tour the observatory, Activities and crafts for kids also.
The evening will continue with viewing through our array of telescopes. Evening highlights include Mercury, Saturn, Ceres, Vesta, Mars, the moon, as well as three bright comets – Oukaimeden, Siding Spring and Jacques. Neptune and Uranus will also be in prime viewing locations for 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”.
|Eagle Lake Observatory
The MAS Eagle Lake Observatory, consisting of the Onan Observatory, the Sylvia A. Casby Observatory and the HotSpot Classroom, is the regions premier all-volunteer public observing facility.
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.