Stargazing for Adults at Reimers Observatory

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Reimers Observatory

 

Are you curious about the night sky? Do you want to learn how to use a telescope and gain confidence in finding planets, stars and constellations?  In Stargazing for Adults, you will have the chance to learn the night sky at Reimers Observatory, an astronomical observatory located in a dark sky setting at Reimers Ranch Park. Get a feel for the immense distances between the planets, learn why the North star changes over time, and understand what causes our seasons and our Moon phases through experiential and hands-on activities. This introductory level course meets once a week for 4 weeks.

The 15″ and 25″ Telescopes

 

At Reimers Observatory, you can experience a dark night sky close to Austin in a pristine natural environment. Each class consists of setting up our 6″ telescopes, learning how to find deep sky objects, touring the night sky that night, hearing a star lore story and viewing major celestial objects through Reimers Observatory’s 15″  and 25″ telescopes.

 

 

 

Amy with her 14″ Telescope

Join Amy Jackson, founder and director of Starry Sky Austin, for an opportunity to ignite your interest in astronomy and gain a new perspective of your place in the universe away from city lights. Amy has been teaching and working with children and the public for over 18 years. She began working in the formal classroom teaching science and math after graduating with a degree in physics from the University of Houston. At Rice University, Amy focused on Earth and Space Science Education in the Master of Science Teaching program.

 

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Class Overview:

Class 1:
  • Learn how to use a 6″ telescope and how magnification works. You will be practicing with this telescope in the following classes as well.
  • Learn how to use a star chart to find constellations in the sky
  • Practice finding deep sky objects such as nebula and clusters
  • Go on a scale model of the solar system walk to get a feel for the immense distances between the planets.

 

Class 2: 
  • Learn how to chart and draw the moon over 3 weeks measuring its altitude and azimuth with an astrolabe
  • Learn why the North star will not always be our North star
  • Practice using a 6″ telescope
  • Practice how to use a star chart to find constellations in the sky
  • Practice finding deep sky objects such as nebula and clusters

 

Class 3:
  • Model the reason for our seasons on Earth
  • Practice using a 6″ telescope
  • Practice how to use a star chart to find constellations in the sky
  • Practice finding deep sky objects such as nebula and clusters

 

Class 4:
  • Discover how moon phases and eclipses work
  • Practice using a 6″ telescope
  • Practice how to use a star chart to find constellations in the sky
  • Practice finding deep sky objects such as nebula and clusters
  • Understand what you can do to decrease light pollution and save our night sky

Each class consists of touring the night sky that night, hearing a star lore story and viewing major celestial objects through Reimers Observatory’s 15″   and 25″ telescopes

Join me for an engaging, hands-on program focused on experiential learning that will get you started on your journey to connect with the cosmos.This is sure to be a confidence building experience for any adult interested in learning about astronomy!

 

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Current Class Schedule

Winter 2018 CLASSES

Stargazing for Adults Winter 2018

When: Sunday nights: January 21st – February 11th

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Reimers Observatory @ Reimers Ranch Park`

23610 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Spring 2018 CLASSES

Stargazing for Adults Spring 2018

Class TBD

SUMMER 2018 CLASSES