Spring Family Earth and Sky Night

When: April 24, 2004. 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Where: Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken.
What: Telescope viewing, planetarium shows, astronomy lectures, hands-on activities.
Hosted by: The Augusta Astronomy Club, the Dupont Planetarium, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

The Family Earth and Sky Night will be held rain or shine. Free refreshments will be available. Plan to bring friends and your whole family to a fun-filled evening of celebration.

Theme - Transit of Venus: A transit of Venus occurs when people on Earth seen the planet Venus move across the Sun. This will happen during the early morning on June 8, 2004. The last time this happened was on December 6, 1882. A team of German scientists had a viewing site in Aiken during the 1882 transit

Earth Day and National Astronomy Day: Earth Day is on April 22 and National Astronomy Day is on April 24. The Spring Earth & Sky night is held annually on National Astronomy Day.

Telescope Viewing: A number of people from the Augusta Astronomy Club will have their telescopes available for the public to use. Come see many of the wonders of the heavens. This is a good opportunity to learn about telescopes, especially if you have been considering the purchase of one. Additionally, the Bechtel Telescope in the RPSEC Observatory will be available. Four famous planets will be easy to see during the Star Pary. Come find out which planets you can see and take a look at them through a telescope.

Planetarium shows: "Venus: Up Close and Crossing the Sun", will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This show will explore the Morning Star or Evening Star that is often called Earth’s sister planet. You will learn about many of the features of the planet from the successful Magellan Space Probe mission. Finally, you will learn about the rare Transit of Venus. This event is so rare that no one alive today has ever seen one. The shows will begin at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. The cost for planetariums shows are: Adults $4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, PK-12 Students $2.50. Children under 4 years old are not admitted.

Astronomy Lectures: A special presentation titled, "Mars, Our Red Neighbor" will be conducted by astronomer, Dr. Stelios Kapranidis. The presentations will begin at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Hands-on Activities: A variety of hands-on activities will be available to help people understand the wonders of earth and space science. Many of the activities will have materials you can take home with you including your very own star chart.


http://rpsec.usca.edu/Events/EarthSkySp2004.html (March 2004)