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Transit of Venus Tuesday, June 5th

This Tuesday, June 5th the Austin Astronomical Society and UT will be hosting a Venus transit viewing event on top of the RLM building on campus at UT.  Check out the flyer I posted above for details.  This won’t happen for another 105 years!  Check it out! Visit earthsky.org for more information.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse this Monday morning

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This Monday morning look west for the Moon around 6:00am.  You should see the Moon in the middle of a partial eclipse.  For more information please visit one of my favorite sites: earthsky.org  If you want to know more specific times for viewing from our location visit this lunar eclipse computer.

Homemade pinhole projector- so cool!

What a beautiful annular eclipse!

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Annular Solar Eclipse this Sunday

We won’t be in the best viewing spot to see the annular solar eclipse, however we will be able to see less than half of the eclipse before sunset here in Austin.  What we can see here will begin at 7:35pm and the maximum annular eclipse we will see will be at 8:20pm.  Remember to not look at the Sun with your naked eye.  To learn about eclipse viewing safety visit: http://www.perkins-observatory.org/eclipsesafety.html#methods

For a table that shows viewing times from locations visit: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHtables/OH2012-Tab03.pdf

For more information about annular solar eclipses visit: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/ASE2012/ASE2012.html

For a great article with a great picture of what is possible to be seen in Austin visit: http://earthsky.org/space/for-u-s-observers-annular-or-ring-eclipse-sunday-may-20

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The Reason for the Seasons this Friday night!

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Making telescopes at the Austin Mini Maker Faire

Brave telescope makers at the Austin Mini Makers Faire.  We ran out fast!  For instructions on how to make the telescopes we made today visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msIAdyljrwI (Thank you stormthecastle.com for the youtube tutorial) I ordered the lenses from the Surplus Shed: http://www.surplusshed.com/lens.cfm We used a 50cm focal length and a 5cm focal length double convex lens, both with 38 mm diameter. http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/l1907d.html and http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/l1901d.html.  The rest of the materials we used: cardboard, an X-acto knife, scissors, tape, glue and a paper towel roll. Happy telescope making!

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Come see me at the Austin Mini Maker Faire tomorrow!

Make a simple telescope out of two small lenses cardboard tubes, foil and toilet paper rolls. (Come early! We have only enough telescopes for the first 20 kiddos.)  Make a constellation projector out of toiled paper rolls.  Cut out your very own star charts to take home.  See ya there!

5 week course for ages 5-13 ends

What a great course we had!  By the end of it everyone was finding the planets all by themselves in the telescopes.  Everyone could pick out the major constellations, and towards the end we started having conversations about life on other planets and discussing theories about the formation of the solar system.  It was a joy to get to know everyone who took the course as well as their parents.  I don’t know who asked more questions, the kids or the parents!  We saw Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus and various phases it went through over the course.  We learned about the phases of the Moon, how eclipses work, the upcoming transit of Venus, the reason for the seasons, the fact that the North star isn’t always the pole star, and how immense in size our universe and solar system really is.  If you are interested in signing up for the next course, click on the link: Course for ages 8 and up.

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ASTRO Camp! A camp that is truly out of this world!


 Austin Planetarium’s Astro Camp:

The camp that is truly out of this world! Explore the Sun, Moon, planets and galaxy with lots of hands-on activities. Learn constellation stories and make up your own. Build a simple telescope. Take part in Astronaut activities. And every day spend time in the Austin Planetarium’s incredible Discovery Dome mobile planetarium – a different experience each day. Includes an evening stargazing session: check out the rings of Saturn in a real telescope!

Age range: ages 8-11, entering 3rd – 6th grades

 

 July 16-20, 1:30-4:30pm plus one evening session Th or Fri 9-10pm

 Location- All Saints Episcopal Church 209 West 27th Street  Austin, TX 78705

For more information and to fill out registration forms visit: austinplanetarium.org or

contact Lucia Brimer- 512-961-5333 email: lbrimer@austinplanetarium.org

Price: $160/session