IYA logoInternational Year of Astronomy (IYA) Event 4/4/09
In association with the 100 hours of observing

Featuring a visit from Johanes Kepler

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April 4, 2009. 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center at USC Aiken.

Activities: Display of a meteorite, art exhibit grand opening, presentations by Johannes Kepler, solar viewing 4:00 to sunset, night sky viewing sunset to 11:00, and planetarium shows

The year 2009 has been declared the International Year of Astronomy. The main focus is the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s observations through the telescope that he made, which for many, marks the beginning of modern astronomy.

Art Exhibit Grand Opening! Art entered in the International Year of Astronomy Youth Art Competition will be displayed at the science center.

Presentations by Johannes Kepler: A nationally recognized educator will be in character as Johannes Kepler for special presentations on “The Founders of Modern Astronomy” at 5:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Kepler's talks will include information on Galileo's early observations through his telescope.

Solar Viewing: From 4:00 to sunset, telescopes equipped with solar filters will be available for safe viewing of the Sun. You should never look at the Sun without the proper equipment, so take advantage of this opportunity for safe, solar viewing!

Night-Sky Viewing: The Bechtel Observatory will be open, and members of the Augusta Astronomy Club will have their telescopes set up on the lawn for the public to use. Come see Saturn, the Moon, and other heavenly bodies after dark. Experience some of the wonder of Galileo as you observe the same objects he saw in a telescope for the first time in 1609.

DuPont Planetarium shows: Planetarium shows will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. "In My Backyard" will be shown at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. "The Voyager Encounters" will be shown at 5:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. The admission fees are: Adults $4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, 4K-12 Students $2.50. Children under 4 years old are not admitted.

Hosted by: The Astronomy Club of Augusta, the DuPont Planetarium, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Plan to attend Earth & Sky Night on National Astronomy Day, May 2, 2009.

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Unviversity of South Carolina Aiken
URL = http://rpsec.usca.edu/Events/IYA2009/StarParty090404.html (January 2009)