Astronomy Day


Astronomy Day Activities by State for 2004

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Here are the scheduled Astronomy Day activities that have been reported to the Astronomical League. They are arranged in alphabetical order.

Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois: Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming;





City: Flagstaff

Organization: Lowell Observatory

Contact: Jeff Hall

Address: 1400 West Mars Hill Road;Flagstaff, Arizona 86001

Date/Time: Sat. April 24, 2004; Lowell Observatory is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then re-opens at 7:30 p.m. for evening programs.

In conjunction with Astronomy magazine, Meade, and planetaria and
observatories across the U.S., Lowell has extensive daytime and evening events for National Astronomy Day, 2004. For a detailed schedule, visit or call (928) 774-3358


City: Glendale

Organization: Saguaro Astronomy Club

Contact: Jack Jones

Address: 2313 W Sierra St.;Phoenix AZ 85029

Date/Time: Saturday April 24, 2004 7 to 10 PM

Public Star Gaze at Thunderbird Park in conjunction with Glendale Parks and
Recreation. Free.


City: Prescott

Organization: Prescott Astronomy Club

Contact: Gene Gierman

Address: 324 West Gurley Street Prescott, AZ 86301


Tuesday, 20 April 2004
3:30-5:00 PM: Solar Telescopes-Library Lawn
6:00-8:30 PM: Telescope Tuneups-Library Lawn
6:00-8:30 PM: Telescope Building Demonstration-Library 3rd Floor

Wednesday, 21 April 2004
Planetarium Showings: 5:30 PM/6:30 PM/7:30 PM-Library 3rd Floor

Thursday, 22 April 2004
6:00-8:30 PM: Astronomy FunStations-Library 3rd Floor
7:30-9:00 PM: StarGazing "On the Quad" at Prescott Mile High Middle School

Saturday, 24 April 2004:
9:30-11:30 AM: Armchair Star Travelers-Library 3rd Floor.
10:30-12 noon: Human Sundial-Library Children's Section

Sunday, 25 April:
1:15 PM: "Forbidden Planet"-Sci-Fi Movie
Astronomy FunStations:


All Week Event. Prescott Library celebrates International Astronomy Week with
Club members presenting astrophotography, hunting asteroids, 3D Mars anaglyphs, interactive travel through our Universe, stargazing, sun spotting, fixing and using your own telescope and learning how to build one at home. Making and using sundials,lying under a star canopy and a Four-Foot Fun-Filled Goodie-Rocket Giveaway.


City: Safford

Organization: Desert Skygazer Astronomy Club

Contact: Catherine Anderson

Address: PO Box 1134; Pima, AZ 85543

Date/Time: April 24th, 2004 9am to 3pm with Star Party at Dusk

The Desert Skygazer Astronomy Club will join the Discovery Park Science Center to put on a large Astronomy Day program:

  • Telescope/Binocular Demonstrations
  • Rocket Launching by local College
  • Solar Viewing from pin-hole to large Reflector
  • Speakers
  • Food Court
  • Mini Planetarium - The Black Hole - by Earth Crew
  • Gift Shop
  • Moon Rock Display
  • Display Building
  • Vendors
  • Solar System Demonstration
  • GEMS Hands On Activity Center
  • Door Prizes
  • Star Party at Dusk under Arizona's Natural Planetarium

    And much more available for those that visit us that day!


City: Sedona

Organization: Sirius Lookers Sedona Astronomy Club

Contact: Dennis Young

Address: P.O. Box 87; Sedona, Arizona 86339

Date/Time: Friday April 23 4pm to 10pm

Setting scopes up in the Safeway parking lot, U.S. 89A, westside Sedona.
Should also be using the Night Sky Network toolkit. We have found the Friday
shopping night works the best for Sedona.


City: Sierra Vista
Organization: Huachuca Astronomy Club of Southeastern Arizona

Contact: Doug Snyder

Address: P.O. Box 981; Palominas, AZ 85615

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Noon to 10 pm

Solar Viewing, Information packets about astronomy,sky events during 2004,
telescopes, and light pollution. After sunset, at least a dozen telescopes of large
and small aperture (possibly from 4" to 30") will be available to the public for
viewing planets and deep sky wonders. The activities will take place at Veteran's Memorial Park in Sierra Vista, Arizona.




City: Bentonville

Organization: Sugar Creek Astronomical Society

Contact: Kent Marts

Address: 910 Northwest C
Bentonville, AR 72712

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 1-4 pm

Solar viewing at the NWACC (community college) parking lot with booths and
speakers inside. Public star party in the evening.




City: Montreal, Quebec

Organization: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

Contact: Andrew Fazekas

Address: P.O. Box 1752, Stn. B, Montreal,Quebec, Canada H3B 3L3

Date/Time: April 24, 12 - 5 pm , 7 pm - 11 pm

The English Montreal Centre will be presenting a series of free activities to
the general public on April 24th at the Morgan Arboretum in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue.
From 12 pm to 5 pm we will have solar observing featuring the Centre's new Hydrogen Alpha telescope along with space film documentaries - showings throughout the afternoon. Also we encourage people to stop by our telescope workshops highlighting tips and tricks on buying and using telescopes for beginners and the astronomy information booth. Evening multimedia talk on the Sky Tonight with science writer Andrew Fazekas will begin at 7 pm followed by telescopic stargazing into the night (weather permitting). For more information please call (514) 398-7811 or visit


City: Ottawa
Organization: Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group

Contact: Pierre Martin

Address: P.O. Box 8285;Ottawa, ON K1G 3H7

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004, from 10:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m.

The Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group

Media Advisory

Ottawa, Thursday, April 15, 2004 The Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group (OAOG) proudly presents:

A free outdoor family celebration all day at SilverCity Shopping Centre

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2004, from 10:00 a.m to 10:00p.m. on the parking lot next to Chapters located at 2401 CityPark Drive near Ogilvie road. Various activities are planned*, including:

· Demonstration of various telescopes of many different sizes and a portable
· Safe viewing of the Sun (using special filters) and observing of the Moon and a
few planets even in broad daylight.
· Live video-imaging demonstrations, including the viewing of deep-sky objects not normally visible from downtown.
· Astrophotography displays and fascinating slide shows.
· Star Party (sunset to 10:00 p.m.), including free stargazing with telescopes of
all sizes and observation of the Moon and planets Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter.
· All-day display and demonstrations inside Chapters.

Various informative references and free handouts will be available to the public.
This is the perfect occasion for the public to come and meet local amateur
astronomers at their best.

Over 2,500 people joined us at last year's event, and this year's event promises to
be even bigger, so come and join us on Astronomy day!

* In case of inclement weather, the inside display and demonstrations at Chapters
will still be held.

For further information:

Michael F. Vasseur
(613) 799-5499

Pierre Martin
(613) 834-2944

Rock Mallin
(613) 728-9197

The Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group


The Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group (OAOG) is an informal, bilingual, independent, and non-profit association of amateur astronomers who have an undying
curiosity of the night sky and its many wonders. It is the original group founded by
Rock Mallin and Don Fougère in 1994 for observers who enjoy observing with others and want to share their interest with the public. The idea came forth when a great demand for more local public observing and star parties throughout the Ottawa region was noticed. Some of our activities are planned well in advance, but many are held with short notice, so visit our web site at and its Yahoo! Discussion Group.

City: Toronto

Organization: Ontario Science Centre

Contact: Suzanne Taylor

Address: 770 Don Mills Rd.;oronto, Ontario M3C 1T3

Date/Time: April 19-25 10am-5pm April 24 10am-11pm

Come and celebrate International Astronomy Week with daily activities and
demonstrations, including solar observing, planet twister, comet-making and more! On Astronomy Day, join us for a talk about Canada's future missions to Mars given by Bob McDonald, the host of CBC's popular radio show Quirks and Quarks. Continue your astronomical adventure with a Star Party that evening, where you can view celestial objects through telescopes (rain date April 25).



City: San Bernardino

Organization: California State University, San Bernardino

Contact: Dr. Zodiac Webster

Address: Physics Department, CSU San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Date/Time: Friday, April 23 7:30 pm

The public is invited to hear Dr. Anneila Sargent speak on "Protoplanetary
Disks Clues to Our Origins?" Dr. Sargent is Director of Caltech's Owens Valley
Radio Observatory, and Director of the Combined Array for Research in
Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA). Her research has concentrated largely on
understanding how stars form in our own and other galaxies. Most recently she has been investigating the way in which other planetary systems are created and evolve. With her collaborators, she uses various observatories to search for and study potential planetary systems from their earliest stages of formation to the epochs when individual planets may be born.

This event is to be held in Physical Sciences 010. The event is free. Public
observing may be held after the lecture.


City: Santa Clarita

Organization: The Local Group Astronomy Club

Contact: Steve Petzold

Address: 28081 Caraway Lane;Santa Clarita, CA 91350-3901

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Valencia Public Library
23743 West Valencia Blvd
Valencia, CA 91355

Solar observation in the afternoon using hydrogen alpha and white light filters.

Lectures include:

  • How to build your own comet
  • How to get into amateur astronomy
  • Meteors and Asteroids
  • How Big is Big, How far is far

Come join us for a fun day


City: San Pablo
Organization: Art from the Soul (

Contact: Julie Rodriguez Jones

Address: 2372 18th St., San Pablo, CA 94806

Date/Time: April 24, 2004, Saturday, Sunset to 11:00 p.m.

An International Event for Astronomy and the Arts

Telescope Viewing * Create Space Art to Help Build a Mural * Astronomical Art
Exhibit * Star Charts * Space Event Calendars * Astronomy magazine copies ! * Free Coffee, Sodas and More

Come join Art from the Soul at 2372 18th St., San Pablo, CA for an evening of
creating an astronomical mural and for telescope observing. Fog? No problem.
Draw the stars and other astronomical objects and we will create a mural of all the
drawings. Can't make it?! No problem!! Mail or email your drawing to Art from
the Soul, 2372 18th St, San Pablo, CA 94806 or email Any age from the very young to the very old may contribute. Those who participate by creating art (electronically or in person) will receive a photo of the mural. Ideas of what do draw will be available and astronomical art will be on exhibit. Coloring pages will be provided for our younger or timid artists. Star charts and skycalendars (of astronomical events) will also be provided. Full color astronomical posters will be provided.

Others around the world will be participating in events all week. The mural will
also be posted on line and other groups who make murals will also be invited to send theirs for posting. If you draw a picture for the mural, your name will be listed in a list of contributors!

Invitation required. To get yours free call or write:

Art from the Soul,Astronomy Day Invitations, 2372 18th St., San Pablo, CA 94806


Phone: 510-232-6919
If you leave a message, remember to give your name, address, phone number and number attending.


E-mail us at:
Just ask for Astronomy Day Invitations and let us know how many.

For further details, visit us on line at:


City: La Serena

Organization: Red Chilena de Astronomía

Contact: Eduardo Unda-Sanzana

Address: -

Date/Time: 23-24 April, from 9 to 18:00 h during the day, and from 21:00 h onwards.

A workshop to present and discuss experiences of fighting light pollution,
including techniques to quantify it. This will be open to the general community,
assuming zero knowledge on the topic. On April 24th (Astronomy Day) we will end the workshop with a massive star party, so we can dramatically show to the people what is the loss we suffer under the effects of light pollution.


City: Colorado Springs

Organization: National Space Science & Technology Institute

Contact: Norm Black

Address: 2240 Capstone Court;Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Date/Time: 24 April '04, 10am - 1pm, Dedication Ceremony
24 April '04, 6:30pm - 9pm, Observing Session

The dedication ceremony of the Star Light--Star Bright Observatory will take
place on the 24th April beginning at 10am, at Trailblazer Elementary School. This observatory is being established to support the teaching of space science to primary grade students and
will have the capability to be remotely operated from any classroom across the state or the nation via the Internet. This project is the culmination of over a year's work by the National Space Science & Technology Institute as part of its Education and Public Outreach program. The observatory will house a computer controlled 8" f/6 Maksutov telescope with CCD camera on a Paramount GT-1100 telescope mount. Further information on this exciting project can be found

City: Grand Junction

Organization: Western Colorado Astronomy Club

Contact: Carlo Godel

Address: 2873 C Road; grand junction CO 81503-2160


24/04/2004 11:00 - 14:00 Lincoln Park solar observing
24/04/2004 21:00 - 23:00 Sherwood Park celestial and Planetary observing

Public invited free of charge to observe the sun, planets and anything else in the sky


City: Longmont
Organization: Longmont Astronomical Society

Contact: Bob Spohn

Address: PO Box 802; Longmont, CO 80532

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 10:00 AM till 9:00 PM.

A JPL display, NASA free-bees, along with astronomy related material will be
on display at the Twin Peaks Mall. A free star party raffle will also be going on
for one lucky winner. Solar observing in the parking lot, clouds permitting. After
dark, we move to Flanders Park for night time observing, clouds permitting. See our website for more information.



City: Stratford

Organization: Boothe Memorial Astronomical Society

Contact: Stacey Severn

Address: 75 McNeil Terrace; Stratford, CT 06614

Date/Time: Astronomy Week activities in Stratford and surrounding communities. See Schedule below:

Tuesday night April 20 - 7:30 PM Sidewalk viewing at Crown Marquis
Theater, Trumbull

Friday night April 23 - 7:30 PM Sidewalk viewing at Harborside Bar
and Grill, Stratford

Saturday April 24 - 11AM-3PM Presentations at the Discovery Museum
in Bridgeport, co-sponsord by NASA/JPL. Day will include safe solar
viewing, childrens' activities, planetarium show, and NASA Planetary
Missions Presentation

Saturday night April 24 - 7:30 PM Public viewing at Boothe

Sunday April 25 - noon-3PM Norwalk Maritime aquarium: safe solar
viewing and club table/astronomy information and telescope demonstrations

Sunday night April 25 - 7:30 PM Public viewing at Boothe Observatory





City: Bradenton

Organization: The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers

Contact: Jonathan Sabin, 941-748-5555 ext 248

Address: Manatee County Central Library;1301 Barcarrota Blvd W.;Bradenton, FL 34205

Saturday, May 22, 2004
12:00 - 4:30 (Indoor events)
8:00 - ??? (Telescopic observing along waterfront)

Astronomy Day at the Library will NOT be held on National Astronomy Day, due
to a major local event which conflicts with the date.

Our May 22nd event will feature telescopes, demonstrations, software, and a raffle to win a 4 1/2" Celestron telescope!

We hope to be able to offer Solar observing during the daylight hours, and will
provide telescopic observing of the moon, planets and other objects starting at 8:00p.m., weather permitting.


City: Fort Myers

Organization: Southwest Florida Astronomical Society

Contact: Robert R. Francis

Address: 22 Pinar Court; Fort Myers, Florida 33912

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 (raindate April 25, 2004. Evening program from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society will be supporting the Calusa
Nature Center and Planetarium, located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida. Telescopes will be set up for evening viewing, and the Planetarium Director is planning planetarium shows, hand outs, and nature walks.


City: Ft. Myers

Organization: Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

Contact: Carole Helper

Address: Calusa Nature Center Planetarium; 3450 Ortiz Avenue; Ft. Myers, FL 33905

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 7-10pm (rain/cloud date April 25)

Celebrate National Astronomy Day AND National Dark Sky Week by enjoying the beauty of the night sky. Enjoy any of three different shows in the Planetarium, take a Naturalist-led guided walk along our boardwalk, and look at celestial wonders through the telescopes of the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under, free for Calusa Nature Center members.


City: Fort Pierce

Organization: Treasure Coast Astronomical Society and IRCC's Hallstrom Planetarium

Contact: Patty Mayer

Address: 366 Smallwood Avenue;Fort Pierce, Florida 34982

Date/Time: March 27, 2004 2:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.
We do Astronomy Day in March so we do not get into Daylight Savings Time and many of our winter visitors are still here to enjoy the day!

Astronomy Day will be held in and around Hallstrom Planetarium, on Indian
River Community College's mian campus, Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce.

Throughout the day, club members will be hosting various tables; astrophotography, computer software, Hubble information, and Night Sky Network presentations Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space? and How Do We Find Planets Around Other Stars? Jon U. Bell, Hallstrom Planetarium Director will be hosting planetarium shows during the day.

The children will have two tables; one for imaginative drawings and for the older
children, a Kids Quiz with all the answers found throughout the Astronomy Day
displays. Each quiz returned will earn the child a certificate and other
astronomical goodies!

We have three wonderful speakers, Gary Delhke, from NASA, talking about the Mars exploration; professional astronomer, Mike Palermiti's presentation about what we can see in the night sky; and a Hubble powerpoint presented by the club's Vice-President, Larry Crary, showing the science Hubble has given us.

Outside we will have a solar system walk helping visitors discover the real SIZE of
our solar system and learning more about the planets that we share the heavens with!

Weather permitting, we will have safe solar viewing and when the sun goes down, we will all move outside and view the wonders of the glorious night sky.



City: Harmony/St. Cloud

Organization: Harmony Institute with support from Central FL Astronomical Society and Intl.Dark Sky Assoc.

Contact: Greg Golgowski, 407-957-7776

Address: 3500 Harmony Square Drive;Harmony, FL 34773

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 6 - 10 PM

Enjoy an outdoor Florida festival without getting a sunburn!

The Dark Sky Festival at Harmony features a dozen or more telescopes for guided stargazing, visual presentations on the importance of protecting dark skies, getting started in astronomy and an over view of the night sky. Exhibits on astronomy, wildlife that are active at night, home lighting, light pollution and the Dark-Sky movement. There will also be great food available and live music provided by future music recording artist Jonn Serrie.

The Harmony town center features full cut off street and other public lighting so
you can see the Milky Way from the center of town! Bring your blanket or lawn chairs for a relaxing evening under the stars in the Harmony Square park, on US 192, 30 minutes west of I-95 and 10 miles east of St. Cloud.


City: Tampa

Organization: MARS(Museum Astronomical Resource Society)

Contact: Paul Wayne DeVilier

Address: Greco Middle School, 6925 E. Fowler Avenue, Temple, Terrace, Florida 33617

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 10AM to 4PM and then a Skywatch Party after sunset

"Bringing Astrononmy to the People: The Venus Transit" Exhibits, solar viewing, free literature, hands-on hour long activities, reference table, display of approximately 30+ different telescopes, professional presentations on The Year 2003 in Review, The MARS Missions (Spirit and Opportunity), The NASA
Genesis Mission and finally a Skywatch Party beginning at Sunset.





City: Augusta - Aiken, SC

Organization: Augusta Astronomy Club - University of South Carolina Aiken Planetarium

Contact: Dr. Gary J. Senn

Address: 471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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

Telescope Viewing: A number of people from the Augusta Astronomy Club will have their telescopes available for the public to use.

Planetarium shows: Venus: Up Close and Crossing The Sun will be available for
viewing at 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m. This show will explore the Morning Star or
Evening Star that is often called Earths 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 cost for planetariums shows are: Adults
$4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, PK-12 Students $2.50.

Astronomy Lectures: Lectures on astronomy topics will begin at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Hands-on Activities: A variety of free, hands-on activities will be available from
6:30 to 9:30 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.


City: Fayetteville

Organization: Flint River Astronomy Club

Contact: Bill Warren

Address: 1212 Everee Inn Rd. Griffin, GA 30224
Date/Time: April 24, 2004 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

We will be set up in front of Kohl's in the Fayette Pavilion near the road
through the Pavilion.

We will offer safe solar viewing, dark sky viewing of planets, kids activities and
handouts. We will also have various types and sizes of telescopes set up for people to learn about. We will also offer assistance to anyone who owns a telescope and needs help.


City: Savannah

Organization: Oglethorpe Astronomical Association

Contact: Kevin Bell

Address: PO Box 15652;Savannah, GA 31416

Date/Time: Saturday April 24th, 2004 - 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Held at the Tybee Island Pavilion and Pier on Tybee Island. Numerous astronomy
& space related displays. Face Painting, Solar Observing during the day, Planets,
Moon & some deep sky observing after sunset.

For more information check out our website at


City: Statesboro

Organization: Georgia Southern Planetarium and Statesboro Astronomy Club

Contact: Becky Lowder

Address: Math/Physics Building on Georgia Ave on the campus of
Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.Our URL is at:

Date/Time: March 27 10am - 4 pm

Moon rocks on loan from NASA from the Apollo missions, meteorites, star shows, telescope displays, making and launching rockets, safe solar viewing and sunspot tracing, NASA JPL mission displays and activities, and much more for all ages! We will also be showing the TRANSIT OF VENUS, RINGWORLD: THE CASSINI-HUYGENS MISSION TO SATURN, and MARS EXPLORATION ROVER planetarium presentations.





City: Bourbonnais

Organization: Kankakee Area Stargazers

Contact: Brock Schroeder

Address: Olivet Nazarene University;One University Avenue;Bourbonnais IL 60914; 815-939-5361

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 3:00pm Central time until late evening.

In conjunction with the Bourbonnais Township Park District Kite Festival, the
Kankakee Area Stargazers is participating for the third year in a row by setting up
telescopes for solar observing during the day, and viewing at night.

This event draws about 4,000-6,000 people over the weekend. It was at this event three years ago that the Kankakee Area Stargazers organized with their first
official meeting.


City: Edwardsville

Organization: River Bend Astronomy Club and The Children's Museum

Contact: Mark Brown

Address: 722 Holyoake Road;Edwardsville, IL 62025

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 (Daytime event: 10:30am to 3:30pm)
(Evening viewing at St. Jacob Park, St. Jacob, Illinois 6:00pm to 10:00pm)

Join River Bend Astronomy Club members, museum personnel and volunteers to
celebrate International Astronomy Day 2004. Daytime activities include a planet
coloring station, planet walk, 50-foot mega sundial display, safe solar viewing,
tour of telescopes, telescope help clinic, Astronomy Information Tent Ask an
astronomer a question, solar system quiz, multimedia presentation, and
astrophotography display.

Comet researcher Gary W. Kronk will discuss comets currently visible in our sky andeven cook up a comet. River Bend Astronomy Club members in association with NASAs Night Sky Network, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Astronomical League will present "PlanetQuest: The Search for Another Earth".

Free astronomy-related information will be distributed among the attendees. Bring
your telescope so River Bend Astronomy Club members can assist you in getting the best optimal performance from your telescope and point you in the right direction. Door prize drawings will be held twice during the day with a chance to win one of two telescopes or dozens of educational prizes.

This event is free and open to the public. For a $3.00 admission fee, children can
explore other museum exhibits that stimulate curiosity and learning.

Weather permitting; we will relocate to St. Jacob Park in St. Jacob, Illinois for
our evening telescope viewing activity. For more details on our event, please visit
our website at


City: Palatine

Organization: Harper College Astronomy Department & Northwest Suburban Astronomers

Contact: Charles Klingel


Date/Time: April 24, 2004, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Programs, displays, lectures, projects for children, telescope viewing



City: Ahmedabad

Organization: Astronomy Club

Contact: Mr. Manoj Pai

Address: T-15 Sunrise Park Tenements, PO Bodakdev, Ahmedabad - 380 054 INDIA

Date/Time: 24th April, 2004

  • Lecture of Venus Transit at Vanchetna, Ahmedabad.
  • Inaguration of New Astronomy Club at Prakash Higher Secondary School, Ahmedabad
  • Night Sky Observation at the Gujarat Council of Science City,
    Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Highway.



City: Evansville

Organization: Evansville Museum in cooperation with the Evansville Astronomical Society

Contact: Mike Smith. 411 SE Riverside Drive; Evansville IN 47713

Address: 411 SE Riverside Drive; Evansville IN 47713

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, Evansville Museum 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Neighborhood Star Watches Dusk till 10 p.m.

This April 24 the Evansville Museum celebrate Astronomy Day with numerous
activities, presentations and events. Activities that are planned will engage young
visitors with crafts related to the Stardust, Cassini and Mars missions, and
learning about the basics of astronomy and the constellations. The Evansville
Museum will be offering planetarium shows throughout the day featuring the show
"Planet Patrol", our live star show "The Sky Tonight" and special presentations
which will utilize our newest show "Ring World." To top off the indoor activities,
there will be Mars presentations using 3-D images from the Mars rovers, Spirit andOpportunity. Dan Kaiser, past president of the American Association of VariableStar Observers, will present our 2004 Adventures in Science lecture entitled "All Stars Don't Always Look the Same -- A Brief Introduction to Variable Star Astronomy" and "Amateur Amstronomy Near the Edge of the Universe!"

Outdoor daylight activities will feature members of the Evansville Astronomical
Society, who will provide telescopes to view the sun while sharing their expertise
with the public. This year we will also be featuring the Evansville Museum's 1 to
600,000 Scale Model of the Solar System.

As the sun sets in the west area residents are invited to participate in our
Neighborhood Star Watches. On the evening of April 24, neighborhood schools will be the site for Neighborhood Star Watches in helping with the celebration of Astronomy Day.


:City: Des Moines

Organization: The Des Moines Astronomical Society, Inc.

Contact: Doug Rudd or Joanne Hailey

Address: P.O. Box 111; Des Moines, IA 50301

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24; 10am to 4pm; and 8pm to 10pm

Astronomy Day activities will begin at two locations in Des Moines, Merle Hay
Mall and The Science Center of Iowa, with displays for all ages and special
activities for children. Later in the day a lecture on "Why Astronomy?" will be
held along with nighttime viewing at the Ashton Observatory NE of Mingo, located inside the beautiful Ashton-Wildwood Park just 30 minutes NE of Des Moines. For additional information on Ashton Observatory visit our web-site at


City: Hamadan

Organization: Ebnesalah_Hamedani

Contact: sajad hessary

Address: num.10-mikhak-yahyavi streat-shokrieh streat-hamedan-iran

Date/Time: 4 ordibehesht-Astronomy day in iran

at the first time of sunrise showing slide articles-education of people-plateruim working at this day and observing sky with two 8 inch telescope and one 6 inch and 12 4.5 inch and make a cake for astronomy day


City: Isfahan

Organization: Adib Astronomical Society

Contact: S.Reza Monajjemi

Address: Adib Astronomical Society
Next to Amin stadium
Saadat Abad St.
Isfahan , Iran

Date/Time: 20-22 Apr , 9-18 SunSpot observation ; 19-22 Night observation
23 Apr , 15-21 AstroMach

3 day observatin in 4 main street and public library of city.
Publishing a special newspaper and some information on transit of venus.
Painiting mach for child, and big puzzle mach for family and astroquiz for student.


City: All City

Organization: Parssky Astronomy News Agency

Contact: Parssky

Address: #71 kaveh st.

Date/Time: 19 to 25 april 2004

ParsSky programs for the "Astronomy Day":
- Presenting the awards of Photography competitions already held for
Mercury Transition and Partial Solar Eclipse.
- Introducing the programs of Iranian astronomical groups.
- Reporting on the past astronomical activities in Iran.


City: Tehran

Organization: Atomic Energy high school Astonomy Club


Address: 23th st. – Azadegan st. – Kordestan st. – Amir abad – Tehran – Iran

Date/Time: May.24.2004 – 1 pm – 9:30 pm




City: Kansas City

Organization: Mr. & Mrs. F. L. Schlagle Library, an environmental learning center

Contact: Anne Miller

Address: 4051 West Drive;Wyandotte County Lake Park;Kansas City, KS 66109

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 3:30-9:30 p.m.

Members of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) will be on hand with telescopes to help with information and finding deep space objects during the
afternoon and nighttime sky viewing. Special presentations by members will be
offered throughout the evening. Children's starparty crafts will also be available.
Information and fun for the whole family. Come anytime or bring a picnic and stay
for both daytime and nighttime viewing. Find more information at or call 913-299-2384.


City: Wichita

Organization: Exploration Place

Contact: Martin Ratcliffe

Address: 300 N McLean Blvd; Wichita, KS 67203

Date/Time: April 20-23 - Tue-Friday - hands on activities for schools

April 24 - times TBA unless noted
Special talk - Update from the Mars Rovers
Hubble web site display
How to find the comets
Demos and activities for kids
Chirpie's Magical Sky planetarium show for 2-5 yr olds
Introduction to the Night sky Planetarium Show
Viewing 7 pm to 9pm - see four planets and the Moon (Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter).



City: Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond

Organization: West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers

Contact: Dave Byrd

Address: 281 Commerce; Hardin, KY 42048

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24 2004 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Land Between The Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium and Obsevatory. Free
planetarium shows to the public all day. Solar observing weather permitting.



City: New Orleans

Organization: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center Planetarium

Contact: Dennis Cowles

Address: PO Box 870610;New Orleans, LA 70187-0610

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24th, 10 AM to 4 PM

Come celebrate Astronomy Day at Audubon Louisiana Nature Center! There will be planetarium programs, astronomy crafts for kids, special presentations about
telescopes and how to get into star-gazing, and technology demonstrations by
Lockheed-Martin Manned Space Systems.



City: Calais
Organization: Downeast Amateur Astronomers

Contact: Charles Sawyer; address: P.O. Box K; Pembroke, Me. 04666

Address: Calais High School.

Date/Time: Saturday April 24, 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.

Come and meet the members of the Downeast Amateur Astronomy Club. Solar
viewing, software presentation, telescope presentation, astrophotography, handouts and more.

City: Calais

Organization: Downeast Amateur Astronomy Club

Contact: Joe Rosebush

Address: 55 Downes Street;Calais, Maine 04619

Date/Time: 24 April 2004 12 Noon - 8:00 PM

Located at Calais, High School. Solar Observing, Telescope displays,
Astrophotography. Astronomical Software Presentation and evening observing session.


City: Kuching

Organization: Sarawal Astronomical Society


Address: Planetarium Sultan Iskandar,Dewan Suarah Negeri,93000, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Date/Time: 19-21 April 2004

Public Stargazing where all people are invited to gather their telescope,
point the telescopes to the sky and help to inform the public about astronomy.

Free sky almanac, star charts are distributed to the public.

During the day, the planetarium will held a free show for members of the public.




City: Boyds-just north of Germantown

Organization: Montgomery County Dept. of Park and Planning

Contact: Glenn Cumings, Park naturalist

Address: Black Hill Regional Park Visitor Center 20926 lake Ridge Dr. Boyds, Md. 20841

Date/Time: Saturday April 24, 1 - 10 pm regardless of weather
If cloudy we will have indoor presentation.

Celebrate the Fantastic wonders of the Heavens! All afternoon and into the
night we will have special presentations by the MC Astro Group and the Black Hill Naturalist Staff. The amateur vol.'s have picked their favorite topics to share with you. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jim Zimbleman, Director the Smithsonian Insituition Center For Earth and Planetary Studies-Latest Mars Rover Discoveries!Programs are Free with the exception of Glow In The Dark Astronomy Tee Shirt Program $3.00-Bring Own Tee-shirt!For more info please call: 1-301-916-0220.



City: Norwell
Organization: South Shore Astronomical Society

Contact: Louis Gentile

Address: South Shore Astronomical Society;P.O. Box 155;Norwell, MA 02061

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24th 5:00 PM

Norwell Council on Aging
Pine St.
Norwell, MA 02061

Presentation of an Orion 4.5" Dobsonian Telescope to the winner of our grades
6 & 7 essay contest. Meterorite display and slide show. Viewing, (Weather permitting)




City: Bloomfield Hills (Metro Detroit)

Organization: Cranbrook Institute of Science, Warren Astronomical Society, American Chemical Society

Contact: Michael Narlock, Head of Astronomy and Planetarium

Address: 877.Go.Cranbrook (877-462-7262);39221 Woodward Avenue Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

Date/Time: April 24th, 1-4pm at Cranbrook Institute of Science
April 24th, Sunset to (??) at Stargate

It's an Cosmic Double-Header!

First, from 1-4pm, check out the exciting activities at "Astronomy and Chemistry
Day" at the Cranbrook Institute of Science! Join members of the Warren Astronomical Society and the American Chemical Society for an afternoon of exploring the Universe! Get an up-close look at the different kinds of telescopes that astronomers use. Make star-charts and perform hands-on chemistry experiments. The Institute's Observatory will be open for viewing the sun safely in hydrogen alpha light (weather permitting).

Astronaut Jack Lousma (Colonel, USMC, Ret.) will share his experiences on
Apollo/Skylab and the Shuttle, and talk about the future of spaceflight. Other
astronomy experts will be on hand to answer your questions about space. (Seating for Col. Lousma's talk is limited - please check the Cranbrook web site or call
877.Go.Cranbrook for more information.)

The Cranbrook Institute of Science is located on the west side of Woodward (M-1), between Lone Pine and Long Lake roads, north of Birmingham.

For the second game of the Cosmic Double-Header (weather permitting), join the
Warren Astronomical Society at sunset for "A Night Under the Stars" at their
Stargate Observatory! Enjoy the planets, the stars, and distant galaxies! Stargate
Observatory features a 12.5 inch f/17 club-built Cassegrain telescope under a
classic dome; many other telescopes will likely be available for the public to view

The Stargate Observatory is located on the grounds of Camp Rotary on 29 Mile Road, 1.8 miles east of Romeo Plank Road. Look for the Rotary Camp sign and turn in. The Observatory is located about 1,000 feet from the entrance, on the right.

For more information, call 877.Go.Cranbrook, or visit the Cranbrook Institute of
Science website,; click on the Institute of Science link,
then Upcoming Events button.

Also, visit the Warren Astronomical Society web site at:


City: Detroit
Organization: Dassault Systemes Planetarium @ The New Detroit Science Center

Contact: Jenny Pon (313) 577-8400 Ext. 474

Address: The New Detroit Science Center;5020 John R Street;Detroit, Michigan 48202

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24th, 2004

Dassault System Planetarium shows, SolarMax IMAX DOME movies, Science Stage presentations - How Cold is the Solar System? Liquid Nitrogen demo, Cosmic Quiz, and Make A Crater. Tour the telescope display by Ford Amateur Astronomy Club, and solar iewing by Ford Amateur Astronomy Club. Visit the MarsQuest Exhibit, participate in Kids' Activities, and learn telescope shopping tips


City: Detroit - Cultural Center - Midtown
Organization: The Dassault Systèmes Planetarium @ the New Detroit Science Center

Contact: Jenny Pon Astronomy Day Chairperson, Phone:(313) 577-8400 Ext. 474 E-Mail:

Address: The New Detroit Science Center;5020 John R Street;Detroit, Michigan

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24th from 10:30 AM through 4 PM

At The New Detroit Science Center we invite you to experience Astronomy Day
with a variety of special activities. Members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club
will be present with telescope displays, Solar Observing (weather permitting), and
be showing off the their latest Astro-photos. A special Science Stage show will
create a dynamic, participatory experience for our visitors. If you are interested
in purchasing a telescope, well have experts on hand to give you advice. For younger visitors, we have a variety of make and take astronomical activities and also face painting from 12:00 to 3:00pm.

While at the Science Center for Astronomy Day visitors are also invited to explore
the universe with a Dassault Systèmes Planetarium show. Currently offered programs are: The Little Star That Could, MarsQuest, and Spring Skies 2004. In addition dont miss SolarMax in our IMAX DOME theater and the MarsQuest traveling exhibit.

Shows & Special Activities:

Outside, Corner of John R Street & Warren Avenue
10:30 am-3 pm Solar & Venus observing (weather permitting)

Science Hall, Level 4
10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Explore the traveling exhibit MarsQuest: Exploring the Red
Planet (ticket required for admission)

Dassault Systemès Planetarium, Level 3
12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy space-tacular shows including The Little Star That Could,
MarsQuest and Spring Skies 2004 (ticket required for admission)

Events Lobby, Level 3
10:30 am - 4 pm Join Riders Hobby Shop and members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club for telescope/astronomy displays, & get valuable telescope buying tips

12 pm - 3 pm Face Painting/Arts & Scraps activities
12 pm - 4 pm Make a Solar System bracelet to take home

SBC Childrens Gallery, Level 3
12 pm - 4 pm Make an Astronaut and coloring activities for the youngest space cadets

DaimlerChrysler Science Stage, Level 2
2:30 pm - 3 pm Enjoy a special Astronomy Day show

Life Hut, Level 2
10:30 am - 4 pm Presentations of the latest Astro photos from the Ford Amateur
Astronomy Club

IMAX® Dome Theatre, Level 1
12 pm - 5 pm Explore the awesome power of the sun in SolarMax (ticket required for





City: Saint Louis
Organization: Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis Astronomical Society

Contact: Johann Galikin

Address: Saint Louis Science Center; 5050 Oakland Avenue;Saint Louis, Missouri 63110

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 10:00AM-10:00PM

Day and evening telescope viewing (weather permitting)
Table top activities - free sky maps

Free planetarium admission 10:00AM-4:30pm
Bring your new scope - We'll help you set it up!
Home made scopes on display with short demos.
Live presentations on telescope purchasing and dark site observing



City: Helena
Organization: Neuman Astronomical Society

Contact: David Rotness; c\o Carroll College; 1601 North Benton Ave; Helena, MT 59625


Saturday, 17 April at 7:30PM in Simperman Hall for lecture.
Sunday, 18 April 10AM - 4PM in Campus Center for activities

A lecture by Caroll College professor, Dr. Kelly Kline in the lecture hall at
Simperman Hall Saturday night. Viewing in the Neuman Observatory with the 12 inch reflector at 9PM after the lecture.

Daytime activities on Sunday include solar viewing, astronomy displays, a hands on meteor impact study, build a comet, a talk on the night sky with star charts for
the spring and summer, tours of the observatory, films, and a slide show. Includes
door prizes all day Sunday.



City: Lincoln
Organization: Prairie Astronomy Club and Ralph Mueller Planetarium

Contact: Jack Dunn; 210 Morrill Hall; University of Nebraska - Lincoln; Lincoln, NE 68588-0375


Saturday, April 17th - Open House-Hyde Observatory 7-10 pm
Sunday, April 18th - Mueller Planetarium - UN State Museum 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Speaker at Nebraska Union 7 p.m. - 9p.m.
UNL Student Observatory Open House 9:30 - 11 pm


We begin with an open house at Hyde Observatory in Holmes Park on Saturday night.

Main events are Sunday, April 18th. At Planetarium and Museum there will be
displays of mirror grinding, astronphotography, meteorites; learning to use a
telescope; plus Planetarium shows.

In the evening at 7 p.m., our speaker is Ms Nagin Cox, Deputy Team Chief - Mars Exploration Rovers from JPL.

Following the talk, the UNL Student Observatory will be open from 9:30 to 11 p.m. (weather permitting). More details will be posted on Planetarium website

New Hampshire

New Jersey

City: Bridgewater

Organization: Somerset County 4-H

Contact: 908-526-6644

Address: 310 Milltown Road;Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Date/Time: April 14, 16, 19, 21, 23 2004 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Exhibits, Movies, 3-D Slides, Fun Activities, Telescope Viewing of Jupiter &
Saturn (conditions permitting), Robotic replica of Mars Rover

Open to the Public - Free Admission

Special Events:
(Please call 908-526-7268 to register for the following)

  • Family Astronomy Nights - April 14 & 19
    Hands-on, fun activities for youths in 2nd grade and up with their family.
  • Mars Presentation - April 16 & 23
    by volunteer presenter from NASA/JPL
  • Library Presentation - April 21

New Mexico

City: Carlsbad
Organization: Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

Contact: Kathryn Jones
Address: Post Office Box 100, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88221


Friday, April 23, 2004, 8:00pm to 10:00pm, parking lot Living Desert
Zoo & Gardens State Park, "Messier Countdown"

Saturday, April 24, 2004, 11:00am to 2:00pm, front of Visitor Center,
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park, "In Search of Sunspots"

Weather permitting, join us for our Astronomy Week activities as we
observe the Sun, planets, and Messier Objects through our newest
robotic telescope.

City: Farmington
Organization: Farmington Public Library and Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Contact: Flo Trujillo

Address: 2101 Farmington Avenue;Farmington, NM 87401

Date/Time: January 2004-May2004

Mission to Mars
Spirit and Discovery online at Boys & Girls Club of Farmington and the Farmington Public Library. Space Display for JPL provided monthly for the club by

In the Library Laboratory, books on display on rocks and minerals, Mars, Planets and the Solar System.


City: Roswell
Organization: Roswell Astronomy Club

Contact: Stan Nelson

Address: 610 Mission Arch.;Roswell, NM 88201

Date/Time: April 23rd at 7 pm.

The Roswell Astronomy Club will be hosting a planetarium show at the Goddard
Planetarium at 7 pm. and public viewing of the planets after 8 pm.

The club will also be exhibiting at the Goddard Days on April 21, 22, & 23rd from 9am. to 4 pm. at the Yucca Center.

New York


City: Hamburg
Organization: Hamburg Natural History Society

Contact: Paul Zimmer
Address: 5129 Electric Ave. ;Hamburg NY 14075

Date/Time: April 24th 2004 For Astronomy Day

Start about 5pm to view sunspots. Additional events:


City: Yonkers
Organization: Hudson River Museum

Contact: Linda Locke, Public Relations; Marc Taylor, Planetarium Coordinator

Address: 511 Warburton Avenue;Yonkers, NY 10701

Date/Time: Sunday, April 25 2004 12:30 - 4:30

Join Museum staff and volunteers, The Westchester Amateur Astronomers, and
special guests in a day of celestial exploration and discovery for all ages. The
Chromatics, a colorful troupe of singing rocket scientists, will return to perform
their rollicking songs about space travel, modern science, and space exploration.
Activities include cooking comets, postcards from the stars, the AstroVideo
showcase, and the latest news from the world of space science. Rain or shine! (some activites weather permitting)

Located 30 minutes from Manhattan, a short walk from the Glenwood station on the Hudson Line or minutes from the Saw Mill River parkway.


North Carolina

City: Charlotte

Organization: Discovery Place

Contact: John Austin

Address: 301 North Tryon Street;Charlotte, NC 28202

Date/Time: 12 noon - 4:00 pm Saturday, April 24, 2004

The Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club will be on site with solar telescopes


City: Oklahoma City
Organization: Odyssey Astronomy Club/Ten Acre Observatory

Contact: Nick Lazzaro (405) 899-4016

Address: Rt 2 Box 154; Wanette, OK 74878

Date/Time: April 16 & 17 From dark until ?

Odyssey Astronomy Club's Semi Annual Public Star Party. The event will be held
on the west side of Lake Stanley Draper at the Lake Stanley Draper Soccer Fields (1/4 mile south of SE104th and Lake Stanley Draper Drive). This event is produced to provide the public with an opportunity to view the sights of the night skies.




City: Cleveland

Organization: Cuyahoga Valley Space Society

Contact: Steven Vaughn 216-426-8346

Address: 4908 Quincy ave. #2161

Date/Time: April 23 at 6:00pm - April 25 at 5:00am


  • 6pm - 12am: 2 Sci-fi movies. Saturday 12am - 2am: Listen to Coast to
    coast am on tape about space science.
  • 2am - 4am: Telescope veiwing(if sky clear)


  • 1pm - 4pm: Listen to Let's talk stars and do activties.
  • 6pm: The Space Voyage board game begins and ends at 2am. VCR tapes about astronomy and space science will be shown at 5pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm,and 11pm. 1 video 12am - 5am


Access to the computer for Starry Night Backyard and other astronomy programs. Telescope viewing after the Space Voyage game at 2:30am - 5am. There will be snacks and juice. Free to the public. Only 5 people can play the game with me.


City: Youngstown

Organization: Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University

Contact: Sharon Shanks

Address: Ward Beecher Planetarium; Youngstown State University; One University Plaza; Youngstown OH 44555

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Related observing sessions sat for May 22 and May.

Family oriented hands-on activities, games, and events, along with planetarium
programs and a story teller. See the web site at: for details.



City: Eugene
Organization: Eugene Astronomical Society

Contact: Jean Grendler, President;address: PO Box 7264;Eugene, OR 97401

Address: North Eugene High School

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24 - 2pm til Midnight

Daytime programs, solar viewing, Telescope Alley, Family Activity Zone,
Meteorite display, Touch a piec of Mars, Astrophotography contest & display, StarLab Planetarium shows, JPL Solar System Ambassadors, displays,door prizes and vendors. Evening Programs, Star Party, StarLab, displays and vendors.




City: Harrisburg

Organization: Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA., Inc.

Contact: Ted A. Nichols II

Address: 670 Observatory Drive;PO Box 160;Lewisberry, PA 17339

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.

The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg will host a Mall Display for Astronomy
Day at the Colonial Park Mall located on Rt. 22 at Colonial Road, in Harrisburg, PA. The set-up will be located inside the mall near the Bon-Ton Entrance. Several
audio-visual displays will be set up, including equipment. Demonstrations will be
held throughout the day on how to grind a telescope mirror and more. Solar observing will occur if the skies are clear at one of the Mall Entrances. Several handouts will also be available. Much more is planned! Complete details on our Mall Display are available by going to:, look for the Astronomy Day Notice on the Front Page.


City: Lewisberry
Organization: Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA., Inc.

Contact: Ted A. Nichols II

Address: 670 Observatory Drive;PO Box 160;Lewisberry, PA 17339

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24 and Sunday April 25 starting at 8:00 PM

The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg will hold an open house in celebration
of Astronomy Day at its Edward L. Naylor Astronomical Center located in Lewisberry, PA regardless of the weather on April 24, 2004 at 8:00 PM. If the skies are clear, Public Observing Sessions will be held at the Observatory on April 24 and 25 beginning at 8:00 PM where the public will be able to view several astronomical objects. Details/directions on the events are available at


Puerto Rico


City: Montreal, Quebec
Organization: Atelier Bettina Forget, (IAAA, RASC Montreal Chapter)

Contact: Bettina Forget

Address: 460 Ste-Catherine West; #933;Montreal, Quebec H3B 1A7;Canada

Date/Time: Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th April - 10:30 am - 5:30pm

"The Painted Universe" --- From Friday 23rd until Sunday 25th April astronomy
artist Bettina Forget (IAAA) invites the general public to come to her
studio/gallery and participate in the creation of a 22' x 8' artwork depicting
various night sky objects. Each participant will be given a 12" x 12" piece of paper
(or carton, canvas, tracing paper,...) and a range of art materials to choose from.
The artist also provides source material such as images of planets, galaxies,
globular clusters and the like. Once the participant has finished his/her artwork it
will be added to the 22' x 8' grid. Over the three days the grid will slowly fill
up, creating a mosaic of night sky images - a painted universe. At the end of the
event a photo will be taken of the final assembly. After the 26th April the
participants can then come by to pick up their painting along with a copy of the
photo of the final installation.

Other IAAA members are hosting similar events in the USA and Canada. Check your local listings.


South Africa

City: Johannesburg
Organization: Johannesburg Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa

Contact: Lerika Cross

Address: PO Box 1208; FERNDALE 2160 SOUTH AFRICA

Date/Time: 24 April 10am - 9pm

Event is called SCOPEX (registered trademark) and is a Telescope and Astronomy Day held every year (the 3rd in 2004) on Astronomy Day.


  • ATM Exhibits and commercial exhibits
  • Talks by amateurs and professional astronomers
  • Mad Science Lab and shows
  • Mirror grinding demos and telescope making kit workshops for kids
  • Astro-photography competition
  • Star Party from 6pm


South Carolina


City: Aiken

Organization: University of South Carolina Aiken Planetarium - Augusta Astronomy club

Contact: Dr. Gary J. Senn

Address: 471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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

Telescope Viewing: A number of people from the Augusta Astronomy Club will have their telescopes available for the public to use.

Planetarium shows: Venus: Up Close and Crossing The Sun will be available for
viewing at 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 p.m. This show will explore the Morning Star or
Evening Star that is often called Earths 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 cost for planetariums shows are: Adults
$4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, PK-12 Students $2.50.

Astronomy Lectures: Lectures on astronomy topics will begin at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Hands-on Activities: A variety of free, hands-on activities will be available from
6:30 to 9:30 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.


City: Charleston

Organization: Low Country Stargazers

Contact: Chad Rabitoy

Address: 168 Moon Dance Lane;Summerville, SC 29483

Date/Time: Saturday April 24th From 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

We will have:

Day time solar observing set up on the street corner and on the roof of the science
and physics building.

Lectures by C of C Professors

Guided tours of the College Observatory

Public observing at night on the observing deck.

Visit the Low Country Stargazers web site for additional info at:


South Dakota


City: Sioux Falls
Organization: Sioux Empire Astronomy Club and Washington Pavilion

Contact: FNino

Address: Washington Pavilion at 301 S. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD.

Date/Time:Saturday April 24, 2004 from 10:00am till 9:00pm

Sioux Empire Astronomy Club and the Washington Pavilion will be hosting
Astronomy Day Saturday April 24, 2004 from 10:00am till 9:00pm at the Washington Pavilion located at 301 S. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD.

Sioux Empire Astronomy Club will have a booth set up at the Washington Pavilion
along with other astronomy activites. We will also offer basic telescope clinics and speakers for basic astronomy techniques and constellation walk. Activities:

Telescope Clinic starts at 10:00 till 11:30 am and again from 2:00pm till 3:30pm.

Basic Astronomy Techniques starts at 10:00am to 11:30am and again from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Astronomy Walk from 11:00am to 12:00noon and again from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

We will also have NASA and JPL Mission information. Telescopes will be Displayed.Skywatch starts 6:30pm to 9:00pm.



City: Nashville

Organization: Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center

Contact: Drew Gilmore


Date/Time: April 24, 2004, 11-5

This year, of course, has been a great one for astronomy fans, with the discoveries from the Mars rovers, lots of planets in the night sky, the possiblity of one or maybe two naked eye comets in May, Cassini on final approach to Saturn, and much more.

In response, we're bringing two teams of eight horses each to the
Adventure Science Center to celebrate Astronomy Day. Why? For the
answer, visit .

Of course, we also plan to offer the usual Astronomy Day fare: displays,
exhibits, and a variety of activities, in collaboration with the
Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society, the Middle Tennessee Section of
the International Dark Sky Association, and other local organizations.

There will also be a Free public star party, weather permitting, on
Friday, April 23 from 8-10pm at Adventure Science Center.




City: Austin-Burnet

Organization: Austin Astronomical Society

Contact: Kelley Knight

Address: address: P.O. Box 12831;Austin, Texas 78711-2831

Date/Time: April 18, Eagle Eye Observatory, Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park

April 21, Eagle Eye Observatory, Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park

August 21 Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, dark to 10pm Mansfield Dam Overlook, dark to ?

Eagle Eye Observatory, Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park, dark to 11 p.m.

Austin Astronomical Society Celebrates National Astronomy Week at Multiple Venues

Austin, TX. The Austin Astronomical Society (AAS has planned events for the evening of April 23 all over Central Texas so you can stargaze and appreciate the beauty of the heavens during National Astronomy Week.

You will have three places to choose from to celebrate: The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Mansfield Dam Overlook and the Eagle Eye Observatory will have members of the club to show off the stars.

The Wild Basin venue has a delightful walk along the Easy Access Trail to the
Overlook. An experienced amateur astronomer points out constellations and tells
interesting tidbits about various objects seen with the unaided eye.

Afterwards, you are led back to Education Building to enjoy the beauty of the
planets, galaxies and other objects through telescopes. Lucinda Wise, Wild Basin
Ranger and storyteller, may tell star stories on the porch before the group departs.
You will need a reservation and the cost is $3 per adult and $1 per child. Contact
the Wild Basin at 512-327-7622 for more information.

The Eagle Eye Observatory in Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park, an LCRA Park on Lake Buchanan, will roll the roof off to showcase the celestial wonders through the society's two telescopes.

The 12.5-inch Harlan Smith Telescope, built by club members, is celebrating its 30th year of service. The 16-inch Ealing Educator weighs in at 1000 pounds and permits an observer to see objects at least 6,000 times fainter and detail over 200 times finer than can be seen with the naked eye.

The Eagle Eye Observatory will be open two other days during National Astronomy Week; Sunday, April 18th and Wednesday, April 21. There is no fee for the stargazing but there is a $5 day-use park fee for those over 12 years of age. Please contact Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park at 1-800-977-0081 for more information.

The Austin Dam Astronomers, as they've come to be known, usually gather just after sunset at the Mansfield Dam Scenic Overlook. It's located off Hwy 620 on the South (Lakeway) side of the dam. It is just a parking lot, so drive slowly and avoid the telescopes and astronomers pointing at the stars.

This is a casual group and you are welcome to bring your own telescope or star
charts. Lots of beginners and some experienced observers make it a fun time for
anyone. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

No matter which venue you choose, the Spring skies will be filled with planets,
galaxies and other celestial treasures. During this time of year, youre looking
towards the center of our universe so galaxies abound in the eyepiece. Plus the
planets are putting on a fantastic show right now, said Anne Adkins, AAS president.

The society recommends those wishing to join in on the star parties to wear sturdy
shoes, dress for the weather and bring other things such as chairs, snacks, and
water. Please leave pets at home. All events are weather permitting.


City: Brownsville

Organization: South Texas AstRonomical Society

Contact: Carol Lutsinger

Address: P. O. Box 5855;Brownsville, TX 78523-5855

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 10:00-11:30 AM

The Brownsville Children's Museum will be the hosting site where children and
their parents will participate in a variety of activities relating to the life cycle
of stars, how astronomers see stars, the Mars MER missions, and the Stardust mission to Comet Wild 2. The Brownsville Alliance for Science Education will also be participating.

City: Dallas
Organization: Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas

Contact: Dave Hutchison

Address: 7804 Alderwood Place; Plano, TX 75025

Date/Time: April 24th, 6pm - 12am - More events to be announced.

Planetarium shows on the Hour. Talks by Club Members, etc.
Kids Activities, Public Observing through Scopes, etc.



City: Denison

Organization: Astronomical Society of North Texas

Contact: Tim Long

Address: 202 Utah;Sherman, TX 75090


April 24th, 2004

6:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Basic Astronomy Program
6:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Basic Astronomy Program
6:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Basic Telescope Program
6:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Basic Telescope Program
6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Solar Viewing using solar filters (Weather permitting)
8:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. Night Sky Viewing (Weather permitting)

The Astronomical Society of North Texas will be having Astronomy Day at the Grayson County College Campus in Denison, Texas on Saturday April 24th, 2004.

The event will have Astronomy problems, solar viewing, several planets, and deep sky objects.


City: El Paso

Organization: El Paso Astronomy Club

Contact: Anthony Nelson

Address: P.O. Box 971551; El Paso, TX 79997-1551

Date/Time: Saturday April 24th from 5pm until 10pm

The El Paso Astronomy Club will be hosting Astronomy Day at the Gene
Roddenberry Planetarium (6531 Boeing.) Two planetarium shows will be shown to the public free of charge. The starting times are 6 and 7. As seating is limited,
please come about half an hour early. Telescopes will be set up in the parking lot
for celsetial viewing all night. For more information, please visit our website.

City: Wichita Falls

Organization: Starlight Observers League

Contact: Richard Harris

Address: 2305 Talunar Ln.;Wichita Falls, TX 76301

Date/Time: April 24, 2004 Noon to 10pm

Planetarium shows, equipment displays, sun viewing and celestial sights







City: Hampton

Organization: Virginia Peninsula Astronomy / Stargazers

Contact: Lawrence Taylor


Date/Time: 24.Apr.04-Saturday starts at noon

We're meeting at the Carousel Park / Virginia Air & Space Center, downtown
Hampton at noon on the 24th of April.

We'll have a few telescopes with solar filters, some sundials, and welding glasses,
available for visitors to view the Sun.

Join some local amateur astronomers and enjoy the views or our nearest star.


City: Staunton

Organization: Shenandoah Valley Stargazers

Contact: Joey Reece

Address: 264 River View Dr.;264 River View Dr.;Verona, Va.

Date/Time: April 24,2004 11AM-2PM-Solar viewing in Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, Va. 8PM-Midnight- Open House at Stokesville Observatory near Mt. Solon, Va.

Solar viewing using H-alpha and several other types of filters. Solar shades
will also be available for purchase.

Night viewing at Stokesville Observatory using it's 14" Celestron SCT. Club members will have many of their scopes set up also. Refreshments will be served. "Getting started in astronomy" flyers will also be passed out.


City: Richmond
Organization: Science Museum of Virginia and the Richmond Astronomical Society

Contact: Ken Wilson

Address: c/o Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Date/Time: Special Sky Watch on Friday, April 23, at 8 p.m.
Astronomy Day events 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24

Astronomy related displays and activities




City: Everett

Organization: Everett Astronomical Society

Contact: Mark Folkerts

Address: P.O. Box 12746;Everett, WA 98206

Date/Time: Dusk Friday April 23rd Harborview Park - Observing
10 - 5:30 Saturday April 24th - Everett Public Library
Dusk Saturday April 24th - Harborview Park - Observing

Saturday - Astronomy Day at the Everett Public Library -- Displays,
presentations, face-to-face question and answer with amateur astronomers.
Friday and Saturday evenings - Telescopic Observing of evening sky, with Venus,
Jupiter, Saturn, and deep sky objects. A variety of amateur telescopes will be
available to show you the night sky. (weather permitting)


City: lopez island
Organization: Lopez Island Astronomy Lookers

Contact: bob smith

Address: 3699 center rd., lopez,wa 98261

Date/Time: april17 - 4:00pm-midnight +

the 2nd annual lopez astronomy day will once again be held at the grange hall
beggining at 4:oopm april 17th. solar scopes will be on hand as well as childrens
activities. all people with any interest in the skies and ASTRONOMY are asked to attend. also; anyone with optical aids((telescopes, binnoculars, spotting scopes
and etc..))are encouraged to bring them with you. dessert pot luck dishes are
strongly welcomed. coffee will be provided. be prepared for deep sky objects, as
we will see no moon this night. come be out under the stars with your neighbors


City: Yakima
Organization: Yakima Astronomical Society

Contact: Mac Knight

Address: 1108 S. 7th Ave.;Yakima, WA 98902

Date/Time: Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

An opportunity to see telescopes, sky charts, binoculars, and other astronomy
gear and to talk with amateur astronomers about the hobby.

The Astronomy Day event will be held in Randall Park on 48th Ave. south of Nob Hill Bldv.


City: Wenatchee

Organization: Camassia Group

Contact: Jack Day

Address: 914 College St.

Date/Time: Saturday April 24th 2pm - 11pm - Port of Douglas County near Pangborn Memorial Airport

  • Getting started in Astronomy -talk
  • Intro to telescopes & telescope tuneup -Workshop
  • Safe Solar observing (Projection, Baader film white light and H Alpha Coronado)
  • talk / view
  • Intro to Mirror Making & ATM -Activity
  • Quick Cam Astronomy The moon and Planets -talk
  • Name that Planet (viewing of the 5 planet lineup if possible)
  • Astro observing session: 24" Dob, 16" dob, several smaller dobs, two 6" refractors and many others. And free cookies!

West Virginia



City: Appleton
Organization: Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers (NEWSTAR)

Contact: Kevin Plzak

Address: 1406 S Riverview Ln
Appleton, WI 54915

Date/Time: 23 April 2004, 7pm Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London, WI
24 April 2004, 12pm to 5pm Univ. of Wis.-Fox Valley, Menasha, WI

Friday-presentation on children's activities in astronomy.Saturday-astronomy displays, viewing, and contests.


City: Cheyenne

Organization: Cheyenne Astronomical Society

Contact: Marcy Curran

Address: 3539 Luther Place

Date/Time: April 24, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Cheyenne Astronomical Society in Cheyenne, Wyoming will be doing a display at Cheyenne Frontier Mall on Saturday, April 24th to celebrate Astronomy Day. The display will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by the Sears store. There will be handouts and star maps available for all. On display will be telescopes, books, posters and original astrophotos.










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