Astronomy Day


Astronomy Day Activities by State for 2005

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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;


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City: Don Torcuato
Organization: Grupo Astronomico Don Torcuato

Contact: Viviana Bianchi

Address: Sucre 1657
Don Torcuato
Buenos Aires ARGENTINA

Date/Time: Paza Alvear ; VIERNES 15 DE ABRIL

Actividades a desarrollarse en la Plaza Alvear Estrada y Camacua Don Torcuato

* 14:00 a 16:00 h.
Actividades para los más chicos 4 a 10 años

En base a la lectura del cuento de Umberto Eco los Tres Astronautas, se realizaran actividades didácticas:

Construcción de un móvil del planeta Saturno
Sopa de letras
Dibujos para colorear
Dibujo libre
Póster del Cielo

* 18:00 a 19:00 h.
Como utilizar mapas del cielo
Ubicación de las constelaciones y estrellas más importantes
Pasos de satélites, la Estación Espacial Internacional y el Telescopio Espacial Hubble.

* 20:00 a 22:00 h.
Observación por telescopios de la Luna, Júpiter y Saturno.

Más información:
Grupo Astronómico Don Torcuato



City: Mar del Plata
Organization: ACHERNAR-Difusión de la Astronomía

Contact: Claudia C. Pérez Ferrer

Address: CAlle 15 N°4230 Alfar; CP7600 Mar del Plata; Buenos Aires ARGENTINA

Date/Time: Desde el lunes 11 a las 19hs audiovisual.
Del 12 al 15, curso introductorio, de 18 a 19hs
Del 12 al 16, observación por Telescopios, de 19 a 20hs.
Sábado 16, 17hs, charla audiovisual.
Domingo 17, de 15 a 19hs, distribución de materiales.
Domingo 17, 18hs, charla audiovisual.
Del 11 al 15, a las 13 y 20hs, un micro televisivo dentro del noticioso local.

Lunes 11, 19hs: Charla audiovisual libre y gratuita en el Centro Cultural Pueyrredón.
Desde el martes 12 al viernes 15, de 18 a 19hs, curso introductorio para la observación del cielo a simple vista y con instrumentos.(Libre y gratuito)

Del 12 al 16, de 19 a 20hs, la observación libre y gratuita por Telescopios, distribución de apuntes y fotocopias, Cartas del cielo y mapas lunares. Además, el sábado 16, convocatoria para que se acerquen con sus telescopios, al punto de observación.

Domingo 17, de 15 a 19hs, actividades para los más pequeños con dibujos, pinturas, juegos y naves para armar. A las 18hs una charla audiovisual, que se suma a la habitual de las funciones de Planetario.
Se distribuirán en los centros culturales, museos y lugares públicos, material explicativo-educativo y apuntes especialmente diseñados para esta semana, con datos generales y básicos para la observación del cielo a lo que se le suma que entre el lunes 11 y el viernes 15, en el informativo local, en sus dos ediciones de las 13 y 19hs, se emitirá un micro con temas astronómicos ideado y diseñado por nosotros.







City: Flagstaff
Organization: Lowell Observatory

Contact: Kevin Schindler

Address: 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005; 7:30 p.m.

In collaboration with Astronomy magazine and Meade, Lowell Observatory's 2005 program includes a multimedia show, a telescope prize drawing, observing through the historic Clark and portable telescopes, new Visitor Center exhibits, and more.


City: Phoenix
Organization: Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix

Contact: Jack Jones -

Address: (see below)

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2005, 6pm

In celebration of Astronomy Day, Saturday April 16, 2005, the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix is sponsoring a Public Star Party at Thunderbird Park. Come early to set up and show off your telescopes and how they work. Sunset is at 7:00 PM. Set up from ~6 pm and on. See the map on the website:

Club members will be on hand with deep-sky telescopes to show the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, nebula, and other celestial objects to the Public. The Moon will be at 1st quarter. Jupiter and Saturn will be well-positioned for showing as well as the Moon, Stars and Deep Sky Wonders. The event, for all ages, is free of charge and will be held from 7:00 until 9:00+ PM.

Thunderbird Park is 1.5 miles north of the Loop 101 on 59th Avenue in Glendale. Make a left (west) into the park from 59th Avenue and bear right, following the signs to the parking area.
Don't forget a ladder/step stool for the little ones.


City: Safford
Organization: Desert Skygazers Astronomy Club

Contact: Cathy Anderson

Address: PO Box 1134; Pima, AZ 85543

Date/Time: April 16th from 9 until 3

  • At Discovery Park Science Center
  • Workshop on Safe Solar Viewing
  • Solar Viewing through the Observatory Telescope
  • Telescope on Binocular Workshops throughout Day
  • Rocket Launching in the Afternoon
  • VDG Fun at 10 am
  • Camera Obscura Demonstation at 10:30
  • Speaker - Paul Anderson - Comets at 11:00
  • Making a Comet - Demo at 11:30
  • Laser Show at 12:00
  • Door Prize Drawing at 12:30
  • Key Note Speaker at 1:00
  • Door Prize Drawing at 2:30
  • Game Room - GEMS and Project Astro Hands On
  • Display Building - NASA Displays
    Solar System Demonstration
    Outreach Programs on Planet Quest and Galaxy
  • Our Natural Planetarium will be overhead at
    dusk as we enjoy a Public Star Party in the Park
  • Antique Train Running Around Park through Day
  • The "Dog on Cart" will be available with Food and drinks.
  • Gift Shop will be Open all Day
  • Vendors will be set up
  • After 4 pm the Observatory Interactive Space Gallery will open, and the Simulated Space Shuttle will be running.

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

Contact: Keith Mullen

Address: P.O. Box 1559; Palominas, AZ 85615

Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 2005 5pm - 11pm and Friday, April 15, 2005 5 pm - 11pm


Public Star Parties at Veteran's Memorial Park in conjunction with Telescopes For Telethon (MDA Fund Raising). Evening viewing of planets, moon, deep sky objects presented through telescopes and live video cameras. Free astronomy handouts. No fees required, donations for MDA accepted.


City: Tucson
Organization: Flandrau Science Center

Contact: Michael Terenzoni

Address: 1601 E. University Blvd; Tucson AZ 85721

Date/Time: Sat. April 16: Noon-9 PM

Join Flandrau Science Center for a special displays, free handouts, special telescope viewing of the Sun and planet and a special presentation by UA Space Scientist Rick Greenberg at 8:30PM. Free handouts, NASA postcards and space related posters will be available to Flandrau patrons.





City: Vienna
Organization: Austrian Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Contact: Franz Kerschbaum

Address: Tuerkenschanzstrasse 17, A-1180 Wien

Date/Time: April 16, 2005

30 Institutions all over Austria with about 80 activities are presented at





City: Ottawa, Ontario
Organization: Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group

Contact: Michael F. Vasseur ;

Address: Next to Chapters at Silver City Shopping Centre
(At the corner of City Park Drive and Ogilvie Road)

Date/Time: April 16

"Bringing Astronomy to the People."

A Free outdoor family celebration

Next to Chapters at Silver City Shopping Centre
(At the corner of City Park Drive and Ogilvie Road)

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.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 observatory.
        • 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.  Observation of the Moon, planets Saturn and Jupiter, and lots more.
        • 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.

Between 1,500 and 2,500 people joined us in the past, 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


City: Saskatoon
Organization: Royal Astronomical Society Of Canada (Saskatoon Center)

Contact: Jeff Swick

Address: 2118 Coy Ave; Saskatoon Sk; Canada S7m-oJ2

Date/Time: Sat April 16 9:00 am to 11:30 pm

The day begins with a club display at the Mall at Lawson Heights followed by a "Gastronomy Day supper.Following that we wiil head out to Beaver Creek conservation area for a public viewing.The park will supply staffing to keep warm as well as bathroom facilities


City: Thunder Bay
Organization: Thunder Bay Astronomy Group

Contact: Leon Bullock

Address: 8-720 South Edward Street; Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 2H4

Date/Time: April 16/2005 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

On april 16th, 2005, Astronomy Day will once again be upon us. Each year, ameteur astronomers all over the world get together to celebrate this day by holding a special event filled with fun activities for the public to get involved with. Thanks in part to the many recent missions into space, the leaps forward in technology and a steady decrease in the expense of quality equipment, astronomy is becoming a rapidly growing hobby and, the events that amateur groups hold are adding to this growth by offering free education and support to those interested in getting started. Thunder Bay, Ontario is one such place where not one, but two groups of amateur astronomers join forces to put on a spectacular day of free activities. This year, the Thunder Bay Astronomy Group and the Thunder Bay RASC will be holding their event at Chapters on Memorial Avenue. The day is set to begin at 10:00am and carry on all throughout the day until long after the sun has set. Events will inc!
lude safe viewing of the sun, moon, planets and other celestial bodies, hourly talks on topics such as light pollution, NASA missions, astrophotography, equipment and more, video and DVD displays, live imaging, competitions and free draws and lots of other free handouts and information displays. For more information on this event, please contact


City: Toronto
Organization: Ontario Science Centre

Contact: Suzanne Taylor

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

Date/Time: Astronomy Week activities April 11-17 ; Astronomy Day Star Party Saturday, April 16

To celebrate International Astronomy Week, the Ontario Science Centre is presenting special displays and programs. Search for sunspots, play Planet Twister, see mini comets made before your very eyes and create your own moon crater. Find your birthday star and try the planet puzzle.

The highlight of the week will be a special Star Party on International Astronomy Day, Saturday, April 16, starting at 6 p.m. Learn about Canada's contributions to the James Webb Space Telescope (Hubble's successor) from Canadian Space Agency engineer Daniel Provencal, hear tales of the night sky from a professional storyteller, and head outside to view celestial objects through telescopes with the members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Toronto Centre). This event is free and open to everyone..


City: Toronto
Organization: University of Toronto

Contact: Adam Muzzin

Address: McLennan Physical Labs
60 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2004 8 p.m. to midnight

Come visit the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics' rooftop observatory and outdoor observation deck for International Astronomy Day on the evening of April 16th. Our event features observing with the departmental telescopes, demonstrations of astronomical instruments, a short talk on the Cassini-Huygens mission, as well as special activities for children. The event occurs regardless of weather, however the telescope viewing is dependent on a clear sky.

For more information please visit our website at

City: Winnipeg
Organization: Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Winnipeg Centre

Contact: Scott Young

Address: 190 Rupert Avenue; Winnipeg, MB R3B 0N2; CANADA

Date/Time: Saturday April 16 from 10AM-Midnight

10AM-6PM - public displays and solar obsevring at Polo Park Mall, Winnipeg

8PM - MIdnight - public observing of the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter at The Forks Market, Winnipeg



City: Garden Grove
Organization: n/a

Contact: Mark Schneider

Address: Euclid Park (corner of Euclid & Main south of the Clock Tower)

Date/Time: Saturday the 16th of April, 2005 at 7pm

Inasmuch as I am trying to get the current members of my Meetup group to respond, it will probably come down to the last minute before they indicate that they can be there with me. Weather concerns have made us all wary of making such events impossible. Also, the Moon & Saturn will be the main attraction that night.


City: Monrovia
Organization: JPL Saturn Observation Campaign/Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers

Contact: Jane Houston Jones

Address: 106 S. Mountain Avenue; Monrovia, CA 91016

Date/Time: April 16, 23, 30 8-10 p.m.

Saturn, moon and Jupiter views right on Myrtle Avenue in Old Town Monrovia. We'll set up a couple of telescopes right on the sidewalk at Library Park, the corner of Myrtle and Lime Streets. We do this on Saturdays quite often, schedule here:

Saturn Observation Campaign here:


City: Oceanside
Organization: Oceanside Photo & Telescope

Contact: Craig Weatherwax

Address: 918 Mission Avenue; Oceanside, CA 92054

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th from 10am til 6pm.

Solar viewing all day long as well as on-going seminars from 11am til 6pm on a variety of topics, including:

  • Choosing a Telescope (Mike West)
  • Choosing & Using Eyepieces (John Downs)
  • Everything You Every Wanted to Know about the ETX (Mike Weasner)
  • Safe Solar Observing & Imaging (Gary Palmer)
  • The Mystery of the Meade DSI (John Hoot)
  • Palomar Observatory...Our Personal Eye in the Sky (Scott Kardel)
  • Keeping our Night Sky Astronomy-Friendly (Scott Kardel)
  • Intro to CCD Imaging (Dan Phillips)
  • DSLR Revolution in Astrophotography (Chriss Hoffman)
  • What Can I See With a Telescope? (Mike Weasner)


City: Orangevale
Organization: Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society

Contact: Kevin McCormac

Address: P.O. Box 15274, Sacramento, CA 95851-0274

Date/Time: May 14, 2005
Day events 1 pm to 6 pm
Evening Events 6 pm to 10:30 pm

Solar Viewing
Telescope Viewing
Children's Activities
Homemade telescope Competition
Physics Demonstrations
Telescope Tours

City: Pasadena
Organization: JPL Saturn Observation Campaign/Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers

Contact: Jane Houston Jones

Address: 106 S. Mountain Avenue; Monrovia, CA 91016

Date/Time: April 15, 22, 29 8-10 p.m.

Join the local sidewalk astronomers and members of the Cassini Mission to Saturn's "Saturn Observation Campaign" members for Saturn, moon and Jupiter views right on Colorado Blvd in Old town Pasadena. We'll set up a couple of telescopes right on the sidewalk between Fair Oaks and Pasadena Avenues. We do this on Fridays quite often, schedule here:
Saturn Observation Campaign here: See you on the sidewalk!


City: Petaluma
Organization: Sonoma County Astronomical Society

Contact: Len Nelson

Address: 503 Larch Dr. Petaluma, CA 94952

Date/Time: 4-16 from 7:45 - 10:00 PM

Viewing of the Moon, Jupiter & Saturn


City: Riverside
Organization: Riverside Astronomical Society

Contact: Alfred Fink

Address: 1211 W Hawthorne,Bloomington,CA 92316

Date/Time: April 16, 9:00 AM - 10:00PM

Tyler Galleria,Riverside
Solar viewing all day
Info tables including PlanetQuest demos
Sky viewing, all evening


City: Santa Barbara
Organization: Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit and Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Contact: Krissie Cook

Address: 2559 Puesta del Sol Road; Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM daytime events
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM star party

Join the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit and the Women's Environmental Watch to celebrate Natioanl Astronomy Day and National Dark Sky Week! Events include free planetarium shows, hands-on explorations and activities for families and children, make-n-take crafts, astronomy demonstrations and much more. We'll also be giving away an Orion Starblast telescope in a free raffle open to children 12 and under.

Come back that evening for a free star party at the Museum's Palmer Observatory!


City: santa clarita
Organization: The Local Group Astronomy Club

Contact: Steve Petzold

Address: PO Box 221296; Santa Clarita, CA 91322

Date/Time: April 16, 2005

Come join us at The Valencia Library on April 16,2005 from 1 pm to 10 pm for Astronomy Day festivities. Lectures and safe solar observation during the afternoon hours. Lunar and planetary viewing in the evening. Drawing for free one year subscription to Astronomy magazine. You won't want to miss this event. Bring the kids, parents, friends, and neighbors. or call Steve @ 661-609-1739


City: San Mateo
Organization: College of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Astronomical Society

Contact: Darryl Stanford

Address: College of San Mateo
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, Ca 94404

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16 from 4 PM to 10 PM

We will have planetarium shows, planisphere making for kids, spectroscopy, lecture about latest Saturn/Titan findings by Dr Cynthia Philips of SETI, viewing through two solar telescopes. Scope City will show their telescopes and Aero Pac will show their rockets.

City: Walnut Creek
Organization: Solar System Ambassador Program from JPL

Contact: Jim Head

Address: 1920 Magnolia Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Date/Time: April 15, 7-10PM

Parkmead Elementary Star Party
7-8 PM Cassini and Mars Rovers Update
Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society sponsor Solar System Scale Model activity from the Night Sky Network.

8-10 PM View Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon, and other objects through telescopes.




City: Colorado Springs
Organization: Colorado Springs Astronomical Society

Contact: Al Schlafli

Address: P. O. Box 62022;Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2022

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 beginning at dusk

Join CSAS in Palmer Park at Maizeland and Academy (weather permitting) for a night of observing through scopes large and small as well as lots of great information from club members. A free event!


City: Longmont
Organization: Longmont Astronomical Society

Contact: Bob Spohn

Address: PO Box 806; Longmont, CO 80501

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 10 AM to 10 PM

A booth inside, and solar observing ourside, the west entrance of the Twin Peaks Mall, in Longmont, CO will be setup during the day until 5 PM. Our booth will have lots of free stuff and many astronomical displays to see. Then starting at 7 PM, nighttime viewing will occur at Flanders Park, in northwest Longmont.


City: West Hartford
Organization: Science Center of Connecticut's Gengras Planetarium

Contact: Jason Archer

Address: 950 Trout Brook Drive;West Hartford, CT 06119

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 from 11:00AM - 4:30PM

Experience the wonders of the universe and the joy of astronomy as we celebrate National Astronomy Day 2005. Activities include solar observing, telescope demonstrations and hands-on astronomy activities for all. Touch a meteorite, try your hand rocketry, make your own star finder, and see just how many constellations you can find on the star filled dome of the Gengras Planetarium. See the latest astronomy discoveries with ViewSpace.

One lucky guest will go home with a Meade ETX90 Maksukov-Cassegrain worth more than $600. All attendees can register to win a Meade LX200 GPS 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain.

Special planetarium and laser shows will be shown throughout the day with lots of out-of-this-world hand-outs and astronomy materials for the taking.

Go to for more information.





City: Bradenton
Organization: The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers

Contact: Jonathan Sabin 941-518-8695

Address: South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium
201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th
12:00 Noon - 4:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

In the Planetarium Lobby:

Daytime events include astronomical equipment displays and software demonstrations.

Two telescopes (including a 6" dobsonian reflector) will be given away as doorprizes. Must be 16 or under to win.

Evening observing in the North parking lot of the museum.

From 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., weather permitting.
Views of Saturn, Jupiter, the moon and more through high-quality telescopes, courtesy members of the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers.


City: Cocoa
Organization: BCC Planetarium + Brevard Astronomical Society

Contact: Chuck Greenwood

Address: BCC Planetarium; 1519 Clearlake RD; Cocoa, FL 32922

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16 noon to 10:00 pm

Planetarium shows, telescope observing, childrens activities, workshops and demonstrations, lectures. Most events will be free.


City: Sunrise(Ft Lauderdale Area)
Organization: South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association

Contact: Don Ellington

Address: 16001 State Road 84;Sunrise, FL 33326

Date/Time: Saturday April 16 Starting at noon and running till all have enjoyed the sky! At The Fox Observatory located inside Markham Park

Check the website at

City: Tampa
Organization: M.A.R.S. Astronomy Club

Contact: Frances Ferguson

Address: 1527 W. River Lane; Tampa, FL 33603

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 10:00am - 4:00pm with SkyWatch At MOSI

Astronomy Day activities include the following; solar observing, Telescope display, displays on various astronomical subjects, Free material, The Science Library at MOSI with internet connections, special activities for children, sky talks in "The Saunders Planetarium, smiling club members to answer all questions and SkyWatch - public telescope observing at MOSI.

City: Miami
Organization: Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium

Contact: Mark Bennett

Address: 3280 S. Miami Ave.; Miami FL. 33129

Date/Time: April 16, 2005

Join the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium along with the Southern Cross Astronomical Society for a fun-filled day and night of astronomy-theme lectures, workshops, astronomical observing, and planetarium






City: Atlanta
Organization: Fernbank Science Center and the Atlanta Astronomy Club

Contact: April Whitt

Address: 156 Heaton Park Drive NE; Atlanta, GA 30307

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2005 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Solar Viewing (weather permitting). The Atlanta Astronomy Club will have tescopes set up outside the Center for gazing at the sun (with filters). All are welcome. Free of charge.
  • 11:00 a.m., Planetarium show, The Sky Tonight. $4, $3 for seniors and students.
  • 1:30 p.m., Family planetarium Show, The Rover Hold-Up. $4, $3 for seniors and students. (young children welcome!).
  • 2:15 - 2:45, talk, Astronomy with Binoculars by area expert W.B. Schomaker. Participants receive night sky maps. All are welcome. Free of charge.
  • 3:00 p.m., Fernbank's Spring planetarium show, Cosmic Distances. $4, $3 for seniors and students.
    Plant Sale runs simulataneously, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Check out the perennials for Moon Gardens.
    Aerospace Education Laboratory open house in the afternoon. NASA-sponsored mission control center with computers, wind tunnel, flight simulator. Free of charge.


City: Fayetteville
Organization: Flint River Astronomy Club

Contact: Dawn Knight

Address: 114 Central Lake Cir.;Griffin, GA 30223

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Views of the sun, moon and planets

Boy Scout belt loop requirement information will be covered near twilight
Questions about telescopes will be answered Help using telescopes will be given


City: Rome
Organization: Northwest Georgia Astronomical Association

Contact: Jeff Garland

Address: 277 Milam Bridge Rd; Euharlee, Ga 30120

Date/Time: 11AM until 4PM West Central Elementary Rome Ga.
8PM until 11PM Rome Airport

This event is a combined event with Rome City Schools and the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center. We will have solar viewing, telescope displays, starlabs, videos, slideshows and presentations.


City: Rome
Organization: Rome City Schools & Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center & NorthWest Georgia Astronomical Association & Floyd County Airport Authority

Contact: Dr. Robert A. Young

Address: Rome City Schools ; 508 E. Second Street; Rome, GA 30161

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 (both events)
Activities: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Star Party: 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. EDT

National Astronomy Day Activities (Saturday, April 16, 2005):

In celebration of National Astronomy Day, Northwest Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center (GYSTC), Rome City Schools, Floyd County Georgia Airport Authority, and NorthWest Georgia Astronomical Association (NWGAA) are working cooperatively together to host an activities day.

Activities will include solar viewing stations for visitors to see sunspots and other solar features, experimenting with a variety of telescopes set up to demonstrate magnification and image orientation.
There will be a 1,000-foot solar system model displayed with signs showing the relative location of the planets along with their characteristics and vital statistics.

There will be five different 20-minute Star Lab presentations that will commence at the top of each hour. We have five different guest speakers who will give a 20-minute presentation on selected topics beginning at the bottom of each hour. While the presentations are going on, there will be two different continuous power point presentations, set to music, being shown in the auditorium. Additionally, there will be two different videos running for visitors to observe; one on satellites and one on NASA development.
Every visitor to the event will receive an Astronomy Day T-shirt (designed and printed by the print shop at Rome High School), a picnic lunch, astronomy handouts, and have a chance to win the grand door prize a 4-in Newtonian Telescope.

The activities will be held at the Rome City Schools West Central Elementary School (402 Lavender Drive, Rome) and will be held from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. EDT.

To get to West Central Elementary School from Berry College, go south on Martha Berry Highway about ¼ mile. Turn right on Veterans Memorial Highway and proceed about 1 ½ miles to the third traffic light. Turn left on Lavender Drive. The school is on the right about a ¼ mile from the light.

Weather permitting; there will also be a community star party at Richard B. Russell Airport starting at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday the 16th at the Experimental Airplane hanger on the east or back side of the airport. Prior to going out under the stars, a short presentation will be made to the visitors telling them what objects are visible during the viewing session. A sheet with about 50 objects will be listed for them.
There will be a dozen telescopes set up for visitors to look through. Eight of them will be supervised by a volunteer and trained on a specific object. Four telescopes will be supervised but the visitor will be permitted to try their luck at finding an object of their choosing. The visitor can call or go by the airport for directions to the hanger. Balloons and direction signs will be set up to help you find your way. It is advisable to come about 15 minutes early so you can see your way around if you are not familiar with the area.



City: Statesboro
Organization: Georgia Southern Planetarium and the Statesboro Astronomy Club

Contact: Becky Lowder

Address: PO Box 8031 - Dept of Physics
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460

Date/Time: March 5, 2005 10 am - 5 pm and 8 - 9 pm

Our largest event of the year bringing the excitement of astronomy and space science to the public!
Moon rocks, meteorites, telescopes, solar viewing, star shows every hour, many hands-on activities, solar viewing, and more for all ages to enjoy. Star party on the roof from 8 - 9 pm to see the rings of Saturn and more.



City: Hilo
Organization: AstroDay Institute

Contact: Gary Fujihara

Address: 105 Puhili Place; Hilo, HI 96720

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16 2005, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

4rd Annual award winning AstroDay will be back at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea Observatory exhibits, demonstrations and presentations, Hawaiian Culture displays, student science fair projects, IR camera portraits, StarLab Planetarium shows, telescopes, and a hands-on Kids Corner! Also, musical performances, prizes, and first 100 kids registered get a free commemorative AstroDay tee shirt! Saturday, April 16, 2005, 10 am until 5 pm...then stargazing at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station! Admission is free. Contact Gary Fujihara at 932-2328 or email him at or visit for more information.


City: Honolulu (Kahala Suburb)
Organization: Hawaiian Astronomical Society (HAS)

Contact: Barry Peckham - (808) 524-2450

Address: Hawaiian Astronomical Society
PO Box 17671, Honolulu, HI 96817

Date/Time: 16 Apr 05 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Public Star Party at the Kahala Community Park located on Pueo St, a couple blocks from Kahal Mall. Normally have about 8 telescope setup for the public to observe various astronomical objects.


City: Pearl City (Waikele Suburb)

Organization: Hawaiian Astronomical Society (HAS)

Contact: John Gallagher - (808) 683-0118

Address: Hawaiian Astronomical Society
PO Box 17671, Honolulu, HI 96817

Date/Time: 16 Apr 05 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Public Star Party at the Waikele Community Park located on Lumiaina St, near the Waikele Shopping Center just west of Pearl City. Normally have about 5 telescopes setup for the public to observe various astronomical objects.



City: Reykjavik
Organization: Gislandia Geomatics

Contact: M. K.


Date/Time: 16.4.2005

Iceland GPS Maps Project. Iceland place names directory.




City: Bourbonnais
Organization: Kankakee Area Stargazers

Contact: Brock Schroeder

Address: Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue
Bourbonnais IL 60914

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 12:00pm until 10:00pm

The Kankakee Area Stargazers will be at the Kite Festival that is being held at Perry Farm, which is part of the Bourbonnais Park District. It is located at 1095 West Perry Street (along Kennedy Drive). There will be solar observing during the day and celestial observing at night. Also, some Night Sky Network activities will be conducted in the Exploration Station.



City: Chicago
Organization: Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

Contact: Michelle Nichols

Address: 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.;Chicago, IL 60605

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16 11 am - 3 pm

To celebrate Einstein?s contributions to science, on Saturday, April 16, 2005, the Adler Planetarium, in conjunction with the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Meade Instruments, and Astronomy Magazine, will present Astronomy Day ? Inside Einstein?s Universe from 11 am to 3 pm. Join Adler educators for a fun filled day of black holes and bending space. Explore how black holes are created in the "Life Cycle of Stars? demonstration. Participate in an interactive presentation, Journey To The Beginning of Time?, and investigate the size and scale of objects in the Universe. Make a constellation finder and discover where you can find a black hole in the nighttime sky. At the Astronomy Magazine Resource Table, receive free copies of Astronomy Magazine, star maps, and sky guides. Astronomy Day visitors can also enter to win a Meade ETX-90 telescope valued at $645 and a Meade LX200GPS telescope valued at $5,300, as well as subscriptions to Astronomy Magazine. All activities are free with paid building admission.


City: Edwardsville, Illinois
Organization: River Bend Astronomy Club

Contact: Mark A. Brown

Address: Children's Museum at Edwardsville;722 Holyoake Road;Edwardsville, IL 62025

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 Daytime event: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Evening event: Shaw Sky Lab (SIUE Campus) 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join River Bend Astronomy Club members, museum personnel and volunteers to celebrate International Astronomy Day 2005. 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 Table Ask an astronomer a question, solar system quiz, multimedia presentations, and astrophotography display.

Comet researcher Gary W. Kronk will discuss the upcoming Deep Impact Mission and what astronomers hope to learn by slamming a spacecraft into a frozen icy body in space. River Bend Astronomy Club members in association with NASAs Night Sky Network, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the Astronomical League will discuss how NASA is finding planets around other stars and just how vast the distance is to some of our nearest stars within our own Milky Way Galaxy.

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 three telescopes or other educational prizes.

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

Weather permitting; we will relocate to Shaw Sky Lab on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Campus for our evening telescope viewing activity beginning at 7:00pm.



City: Palatine
Organization: Northwest Suburban Astronomers

Contact: Jay Skuban


Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2005 5:30 PM

Informative and entertaining celebration of astronomy will be held Rain or Shine at:

William Rainey Harper College
Building Z, Algonquin Road Entrance.
Parking Lots 2 & 3.
Palatine, Illinios

Cost is FREE


City: Ahmedabad
Organization: Astronomy Club

Contact: Mr. Manoj Pai

Address: T-15 Sunrise Park Tenements
PO Bodakdev
Ahmedabad 380054

Date/Time: 16th April, 2005 Evening

Astronomy Day Celebration - This year's Theme- Year of Physics 2005.


City: New Delhi
Organization: Science Popularization Association of Educators & Communicators

Contact: Vikas Nautiyal

Address: 3040, B-4, VASANT KUNJ, NEW DELHI 110070

Date/Time: 8th April 8 pm
9th April 8 pm
10th April 8 pm
15th April 8 pm
16th April 8 pm

8th, 9th, 10th and 15th April. Night observation sessions for school astronomy clubs. Observations will be done from Nuh, Haryana, 80 kms away from Delhi

16th April, observations of Moon and sun from Office premises for Public


City: Vadodara
Organization: The Amateur Astronomers Association of Vadodara.

Contact: Mukesh Pathak and Bhargav joshi

Address: 26/363,G.H.B Colony Akota Vadodara-20

Date/Time: April 16 2005 at 6:30 P;M IST

Workshop for the School Children for Astronomy popularisation on The SOlar system with Slide Show and Interesting Quiz.



City: Bloomington
Organization: WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology

Contact: Daniel Cervantes

Address: 308 West Fourth Street; Bloomington, IN 47404

Date/Time: April 12-15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Get a telescopic view of Saturns rings, the giant planet Jupiter, and their moons during Family Astronomy Nights at WonderLab. This free program will be held if the night sky is clear from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Lester P. Bushnell WonderGarden outside the museum. Daniel Cervantes, NASA Solar System Ambassador, will guide the viewing and share information about the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons.

The program is best suited for school-age children and teens. People are welcome to stop by anytime during the program, but may have to wait for a turn at the telescope, depending on the size of the audience. The museum building will be closed. If weather is uncertain, call WonderLab at 812-337-1337 after 6:00 pm to find out if the sky is clear enough for viewing.


City: Evansville
Organization: Evansville Museum & Evansville Astronomical Society

Contact: Mike Smith

Address: 411 SE Riverside Drive

Date/Time: Evansville Museum
Saturday, April 16, 2005, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Neighborhood Star Watches
Saturday, April 16, 2005, Dusk - 10 p.m.

On April 16 the Evansville Museum will celebrate Astronomy Day with numerous activities, presentations and events. Activities that are planned will engage young visitors with crafts related to recent missions and learn about the basics of astronomy, our solar system, and the constellations.

The Evansville Museum will be offering planetarium shows throughout the day featuring the show "The Universe Game", our live star show "The Sky Tonight" and special presentations which will utilize the Southeast Planetarium Association's "Saving the Night"

Gale Christianson, author of "Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae", will present our 2005 Adventures in Science lecture entitled "Edwin Hubble: An Astronomer's Life"

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 regarding telescopes, photography and more. 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 16, six neighborhood schools will be the site for Neighborhood Star Watches in helping with the celebration of Astronomy Day.





City: Buhehr
Organization: Farzanegan school

Contact: Parisa Mahya

Address: Farzanegan school,Davas ,Bahmani St,Bushehr,Iran

Date/Time: 16 april 2005 From 16 to 20:30

1.Start programs(talking about astronomy day) (from 14:00)
2.Describe telescopes (from 16:15)
3.sun observing (from 16:30) inform about:(from 17:30)
-The latest news of astronomy
-Astronomy plans for this year (2005)
-Astronomy events in 2004
5.astronomical photography (from 17:45)
6.Discussion about "How can we have a clean sky" (from 18:00)
7.Moon andPlanets observing (from 18:45)
8.Recommend the best idea about the clean sky and end programs. (from 19:45)


City: Bushehr
Organization: Farzanegan high school

Contact: Parisa Mahya

Address: Farzanegan high school,Davas st,Busher,Iran

Date/Time: 16 April 2005 From 16P.M to 20:30P.M

1.Start programs(16:00)
2.Discribe different telescope(from 16:15)
3.Sun observing(17:30)
4.To inform about astronomy(17:15)
-the latest news of astronomy
-new plans for this year
-Astronomy events last year
5.Astronomical photography(18:00)
6.Discussion about "How we can have a clean sky"(18:30)
7.Moon and Planets observing(19:15)
8.End progran and introduce the best idea about clean sky(20:00)

Organization: sharghnewspaper

Contact: Sharagim Amini

Address: 17115/358 p.o-tegran-iran

Date/Time: 12 april

astronomy day in sharghnewspaper in 4page


City: Tehran

Contact: pejman noroozi

Address: zaferanie edu.observatory. zaferanie st.valasr ave. tehran . IRAN

Date/Time: 2005 april 18 (friday)

aConstellations and story about them(from 12)
observing the sun (from 10)
moon and planet observing (from 18:30)
astronomical painting (for kids from 12)
solar system(from 12)
Telescope and all of thing about it(from 12)
sun -dial and how make it (from 12)
Teach how we can take a astronomical picture(from12)
Every thing about seti & ufo (from 12)


City: tehran
Organization: olum cultural center&niavaran edu. obzervatory,

Contact: fatemeh rabbani

Address: amar ave,dezashib st.

Date/Time: 2005 april 15(friday) from 5pm to 10pm

-discussion about astoronomy events,
-showing film &photoes about astronomy,
-observing moon and planet,
-astronomical painting,
and many entertainment progromes for childeren,








City: Golden Pond
Organization: West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers & USDA Forest Service's Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

Contact: Jim Hall

Address: Golden Pond Visitor's Center

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 10am - 10pm

desc: All events are at the Golden Pond Visitor's Center planetarium and observatory.

Free planetarium shows at 10 and 11 a.m., and at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

WKAA members will present a lecture titled "Getting Started In Astronomy" at noon.

Club members will be available throughout the day to answer questions, distribute information, and give telescope demonstrations. Check the club's website,, for more information and directions.


City: Louisville
Organization: Rauch Planetarium - University of Louisville

Contact: Drew Foster

Address: University of Louisville; Louisville KY 40292

Date/Time: April 16th, 2005 11 AM - 5 PM, with outdoor observing after dark at Long Run Park. (weather permitting)

Celebrate National Astronomy Day at the planetarium on Saturday, April 16. In addition to our programs, we will be attempting solar observations with the help of members of the Louisville Astronomical Society. We will also be giving one lucky winner a Meade Instruments ETX90 telescope and an opportunity to win a 10-inch LX200GPS telescope.




City: Baton Rouge
Organization: LASM Irene W. Pennington Planetarium

Contact: Rosemary W. Reese

Address: 100 South River Road; PO Box 3373; Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 10 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Contact: Rosemary Reese
225-344-5272 x.139
100 South River Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

LASMs Irene W. Pennington Planetarium Celebrates National Astronomy Day on April 16,2005

BATON ROUGE, LACelebrate National Astronomy Day with LASMs Irene W. Pennington Planetarium on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a day full of astronomy activities. Visitors will receive FREE admission to museum and the planetariums galleries and REDUCED admission (Adults $5; seniors and children $4) to planetarium shows. Highlights during National Astronomy Day include: a free teacher workshop with free materials presented by curriculum specialists from STScI; special onsite daytime telescope viewings from the observatory; a special presentation, 15 Years of Intriguing and Astounding Images from Hubble, at 3:00 P.M. by STScI; demos in the Solar System Gallery include making a comet, weight on other worlds, and mass of the 100 apple solar system; children can create an alien in the art depot workshop or learn childrens astronomy content through demos in the science station; and a Live Sky Tonight presentation will be given with each planetarium Sky Show. A drawing will be held for a free subscription to Astronomy Magazine, door prizes and free Getting Started in Astronomy flyers will be given out during the day along with a sky chart. Come and enjoy the family fun at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum located on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, LA. For more information call 225-344-5272 x.139 or email


City: New Orleans
Organization: Audubon Louisiana Nature Center - Judith W. Freeman Planetarium

Contact: Julie Wood

Address: Located in Joe Brown Memorial Park on Read Blvd, exit 244 off I-10

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Spectacular rings...37 Moons...And if you had a bathtub big enough it would float! Come explore the wonders and mysteries of Saturn at Space Day 2005. Travel with us to the Jewel of the Solar System, share the latest discoveries from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, and enjoy special planetarium programs, speakers, crafts, games, and much more!

Nature Center Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors, and $3 for children 12 and under. FREE to Nature Center members!


City: Pembroke
Organization: Downeast Amateur Astronomers

Contact: Charlie Sawyer

Address: P.O. Box K; Pembroke, Maine 04666

Date/Time: Saturday April 16 12:00 Noon to sunset (Viewing after sunset if clear)

Calais Highschool, Calais Maine

Telescopes on display, solar viewing, astronomy videos, software presentation and more.




City: Greenbelt
Organization: Greenbelt Astronomy Club, Goddard Astronomy Club, Owens Science Center, Prince George's County Public Schools

Contact: Doug Love

Address: 3-D Plateau Place

Date/Time: April 16, 6-10 pm

5 talks in the planetarium, many special displays in the hallway, childrens' activities, observing if clear, and tons of door prizes and giveaways


City: Westminster
Organization: Westminster Astronomical Society, Inc

Contact: Brian Eney

Address: WAS, Inc; PO Box 1231; Westminster MD 21158

Date/Time: Two Events:
Carroll Arts Center 10 am to 4 pm
Soldier's Delight Vistors Center; 8 to whenever

Come see the beauty of the cosmos through "Astro Art". WASI members display their Astro-photos, drawings and instruments at the Carroll Arts Center in Downtown Westminster, MD. for directions to Carroll Arts Center.

Come enjoy the beauty of the universe through telescope. You are invited to a star party at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center in Owings Mills MD. Call 410 922-3044 for directions.

A breif lecture will start at 8 in visitor center and then star party follows after.

Hand outs and door prizes will be offered at both events.



City: Boston
Organization: Clay Center Observatory / Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston

Contact: Bob Phinney

Address: Clay Center Observatory
20 Newton Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 2:30-5:30 and 7:00-10:00

Family Fun for all ages! Free admission! Open to the Public.

Register at

Many different types of telescopes will be set up for you to see and use. Safely view the sun in the daytime, and see the moon and stars in the evening, weather permitting. Indoor events held rain or shine!
*Demonstrations, lectures, planetarium shows, rocketry, celebrity appearances, educational activities for all ages. *Galileo himself will lecture about telescopes and entertain. *Lecture by astronomer Ron Dantowitz - his team provided live telescopic coverage of historic SpaceShip One launches. Lectures by Dr. Irene Porro or M.I.T. and Prof. Esther Zirbel of Tufts.


Mexico City

Contact: Rafael Angeles

Address: apartado postal 13-450

Date/Time: 5 and 16 of april 2005

You chat, shops for children, observations with telescope


City: Sonora State
Organization: Area de Astronomia / DIF-US / Universidad de Sonora

Contact: Antonio Sanchez-Ibarra

Address: Apdo. Postal 5-88, Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico.

Date/Time: April 16-17, 2005 from 19 to 23 hours.

Public observations and lectures at Hermosillo, Magdalena de Kino, Guaymas and Cd. Obregon.



City: Allendale
Organization: GVSU, Regional M/S Center & Physics Dept.

Contact: Karen Meyers, Assistant Director

Address: egional Math/Science Center @ GVSU;One Campus Drive, 328 Henry Hall;Allendale MI 49401

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 (Rain date April 23, 2005)
7:30 - 9 pm Astronomy Activities / Padnos Hall
9 - 11 pm Sky Viewing / behind Lubbers Stadium

"Celebrate the Sky" is an evening event that is free and open to the public. Introductory events include a walk-in star lab, astronomy demonstrations and presentations, and information booths. The sky viewing event features multiple telescopes provided for viewing with experienced astronomers. More information available at


City: Bay City
Organization: Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center

Contact: Garry Beckstrom

Address: 100 Center Avenue; Bay City, MI 48708

Date/Time: April 16 1p.m. - 4p.m. / 9:30p.m. - Midnight

The Delta College Planetarium will be presenting "Garfield: A Cat For All Seasons" at 1:00 p.m. for families with kids and "The Greatest Wonders of the Universe" at 3:00 p.m. for everyone.

From 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. there will be astronomy/telescope displays and demonstrations in the planetarium lobby.

From 9:00 p.m. - Midnight we will be taking part in "Wetland Wake-Up Day" as well as "Astronomy Day" at the Bay City State Recreation Area. We will have a "Spring Stargaze" that evening in the reserve parking lot. If it is cloudy, we will have some alternate presentations.


City: Bloomfield Hills

Organization: Cranbrook Institute of Science

Contact: Michael J. Narlock

Address: 39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 1-4pm

Join Cranbrook astronomers and members of the Warren Astronomical Society for an afternoon of exploration into the universe of stars, planets and telescopes. Get an up-close look at the different kinds of telescopes that amateurs use or perhaps purchase your own Meade telescope at the Science Shop (members get a 10% discount!). Make star-charts and hear from NASA/JPL Ambassador Michael Foerster! The Observatory will be open for viewing the sun safely in hydrogen alpha light (weather permitting).


Organization: The New Detroit Science Center & Ford Amateur Astronomy Club

Contact: John Schroer Phone (313) 577-8400 ext. 435

Address: 5020 John R Steet;Detroit, Michigan 48202

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th, 2005 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
10:30AM-3:00PM Solar, Lunar & Venus observing
(weather permitting) Outside at John R & Warren
10:30AM - 4:00PM Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Astronomy, Telescope, & literature Display
10:30AM-4:00PM Door Prize Entry table, Prize and literature display
10:30AM-4:00PM Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Astronomical Imaging display
10:30 AM-4:00PM Rider's Hobby Shop-Scopes & More!
10:30AM - 4:00PM Telescope Buying Tips
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Arts & Scraps Activity - Make and Take Home!
12:00PM - 4:00PM Make A Solar System Bracelet
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Coloring Activity in Children's Gallery
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Special Astronomy Show on the
DaimlerChrysler Science Stage
4 PM - 4:30 PM Door Prize Giveaways!

8 PM - 11 PM Island Lake Beginners Star Party - Come explore the Universe with us at the Island Lake State Recreation Area Weather Permitting)

Astronomy Day Event
Sat, April 16, 2005

10:30 AM to 4:00 PM @ The New Detroit Science Center

8 PM - 11 PM @ Island Lake State Recreation Area-Spring Mill Pond

Join us for family fun that is out of this world! Check out the storms on the Sun, see the craters of the moon, and find a planet in the daytime with the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club's daytime observing! Then enter the New Detroit Science Center to see all kinds of home made and commercially available telescopes! Talk to members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club and the staff of Rider's Hobby Shop to have all of your telescope questions answered! See pictures of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, star clusters, glowing space clouds and galaxies in the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club Astronomical Gallery! Be sure to enter your name for the door prize drawings, including a telescope provided by Astronomy Magazine and Meade Instruments. Your youngest astronomers are invited to color astronauts and other space pictures in our Children's Gallery! Everyone is invited to participate in our Special Astronomy Show on the DaimlerChrysler Science State at 2:30 PM, where you will see!
how craters are formed, how extreme cold temperatures found at the outer planets change earthly objects such as balloons and hot dogs! See amazing sky shows such as Blown Away-The Wild World of Weather and Spring Skies in the Dassault Systemes Planetarium. And wrap up your astronomical day with a star gazing party at Island Lake State Recreational Area. Maps will be available during Astronomy Day at the New Detroit Science Center!


City: Marquette
Organization: Shiras Planetarium

Contact: Chris Standerford

Address: 1203 W. Fair Ave; Marquette, MI 49855

Date/Time: April 16 - Afternoon and Evening

Two Public shows being offered on this Saturday. A family show at 3:00 PM, and typical production (grade 5+) at 7:00 PM.

Telescopes will be set up outside the planetarium by the Marquette Astronomical Society in the afternoon to view the Sun through filters and in the evening to view night objects. The public is encouraged to bring their own scopes for use and/or training.



City: Norwood-Young America (west of Minneapolis)
Organization: Minnesota Astronomical Society

Contact: Mike Kibat

Address: Minnesota Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 583011
Minneapolis, MN 55458-3011

Date/Time: Friday, April 15, dusk to 10:00 pm - Public Star Party.
Saturday, April 16, 12:00 noon to dusk - Astronomy Day activities.
Saturday, April 16, dusk to 10:00 pm - Public Star Party.

The Minnesota Astronomical Society (MAS) is having public Astronomy Day activities at the Onan Observatory at Baylor Regional Park, three miles north of Norwood-Young America on County Road 33.

We will have public stargazing activites the evenings of Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th. If it is cloudy or rainy we will have alternative activities such as slide shows, demonstrations, etc.

During the day of Saturday April 16th beginning at Noon, the observatory will be open for demonstrations, talks, and tours of the observatory including our new 5" Takahashi Apochromatic refractor, the Larson 16" Cassegrain telescope, our 24" BAD (Big Aperture Dobsonian), and more. Our Coronodo solar telescope will provide views of solar flares, prominences and sunspots.

For additional information and directions, please visit our website at, write to, or call our information hotline at 952-467-2426.


City: Missouri
Organization: Astronomical Society of Kansas City and Science City at Union Station

Contact: David Dembinski

Address: Contact Person:
11387 W. 176th Terrace,
Olathe, KS 66062

Main Event:
Union Station Kansas City
30 W. Pershing Rd.
Suite 850
Kansas City, MO 64108

Date/Time: At Science City, Union Station: 10:00am-5:00pm
At KC Museum: 7:30pm:30pm
At Powell Observatory: 7:30pm-9:30pm

The ASKC is teaming up with Science City at Union Station for the event. Activities include the Grand Reopening of the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium featuring original programming by local astronomers; meteorites on display (and even a small number of meteorites to be given away to kids); other displays highlighting astrophotography, lunar astronomy, and near-earth asteroids. Hands on activities include planisphere making, and "Alka-Seltzer" rockets, as well as a comet making demonstration.

Astronomy magazine is donating materials and we will be giving away a subscription as well as an ETX90 donated by Meade.

Weather permitting, the ASKC will set up solar telescopes during the daytime and have scopes available at night at the KC Museum as well as at Powell Observatory. The 30 inch telescope is the largest telescope readily available to the public in the area.


City: St. Louis
Organization: St. Louis Astronomical Society/St. Louis Science Center

Contact: Cook Feldman / Jim Small

Address: 1316 Tahiti Dr.;St. Louis, Mo. 63126

Date/Time: Saturday April 16 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Static telescope display with informational booths on how to setup and use various types of telescopes. Weather permitting, solar viewing will also be available.




City: Lincoln
Organization: Mueller Planetarium

Contact: Jack Dunn

Address: 210 Morrill Hall
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0375

Date/Time: April 16th - Hyde Observatory - sundown to 11 p.m.
April 17th - Mueller Planetarium (University of Nebraska State Museum - 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
April 17th - UNL Student Observatory 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Mueller Planetarium - Un. of Nebr. State Museum - UNL
Prairie Astronomy Club
Hyde Memorial Observatory
UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy
and many other groups join in the celebration of Astronomy Day 2005. Observatories will be open and
the main event is Sunday afternoon with displays, activities and exhibits at the Museum. Meade is sponsoring and giving away a telescope. Two full floors of activities from space exploration to mirror grinding and much more.


City: Biratnagar
Organization: La Société Astronomique du Népal

Contact: Dr Manoja sundaram

Address: Shanti Ban

Date/Time: April 16

"Bringing Astronomy to the People."

A Free outdoor family celebration

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2005, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Various activities are planned*, including:

Demonstration of various telescopes of many different sizes and a portable observatory.
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 12:00 a.m.), including free stargazing with telescopes of all sizes. Observation of the Moon, planets Saturn and Jupiter, and lots more.
All-day display and demonstrations .

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.

Between 1,500 and 2,500 people joined us in the past, 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 the club will still be held.

New Hampshire

City: Concord
Organization: The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium

Contact: David McDonald

Address: 2 Institute Drive Concord, NH 03301

Date/Time: Saturday, May 7th 1:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Spacetacular Saturday May 7, 2005.
  • New "Inside Einstein's Universe" planetarium show.
  • Mike Melvill pilot of SpaceShipOne will speak.
  • NH Astronomical Society telescope viewing day and night. Model Rocket Launches. Remote Controlled airplane shows.
  • Wright Flyer flight simulator. Helicopter rides.
  • Dr. Flush - the inventor of the space toilet.
  • Mad Science presentations. Human Gyroscope Ride.
  • Space Activities and presentations for all ages.
  • Alex Higgins Scholarships to Space Camp will be awarded.

City: Durham
Organization: University of New Hampshire Physics Department

Contact: Matt Giguere

Address: 9 Library Way
Demeritt Hall
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

Date/Time: April 16th from 9:00 - 11:00pm

The University of New Hampshire Physics Department will be hosting a session free to the public at our observatory. For more information, visit:

New Jersey


City: Glassboro
Organization: S. Jersey Astro. Club and Edelman Planetarium

Contact: Keith Johnson

Address: Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Drive, Glassboro NJ 08028

Date/Time: April 16, 9:00 to 2:30

Celebration of Astronomy Day. Workshops on choosing a telescope, observing the Sun; planetarium shows; tours of 16-inch telescope.


City: Newark
Organization: The Newark Museum

Contact: Kevin Conod

Address: 49 Washington Street; Newark, NJ 07102

Date/Time: Saturday, April 30, 12 Noon - 4:00 p.m.

GeoSpace Day - Free with Museum Admission ($7 Adults, $3 Kids)

Join us for a celebration of Earth Day and National Astronomy Day. The festivities will feature hands-on activities, presentations, astronomy and space exhibits, workshops and planetarium shows.



City: Toms River
Organization: The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area "ASTRA"

Contact: Richard Gamba

Address: Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Ocean County College
P.O. Box 2001
Toms River, NJ 08754-2001

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Exhibits, activities and demonstrations
8:00 PM, Observing

desc: A.S.T.R.A along with the Robert J. Novins Planetarium of Ocean County College will be hosting a fun filled day of Space education and an awesome night of observing the stars and planets. The day begins at 10:00 AM with a special planetarium show for scout groups and continues with exhibits, activities and demonstrations until 3:00 PM. Additional planetarium shows will be shown throughout the day. In the evening there will be a telescopic observing session (weather permitting) and a talk by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Michael Dean Lewis.


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New Zealand

City: Wellington
Organization: Wellington Astronomical Society

Contact: Mike McGavin

Address: c/o Wellington Astronomical Society,
PO Box 3126,
New Zealand.

Date/Time: Saturday 16th April, 2005:
10am - 3pm at Wellington Zoo, weather permitting.
7.30pm onwards at the Gifford Observatory, Newtown.

We'll be at Wellington Zoo between 10am and 3pm using some really big telescopes for public solar viewing.

If the Sun's not out on the day, come along anyway to see some pine needles in the trees on the far hills, or just to talk to people or ask questions about astronomy and the night sky.

Later in the evening, everyone's invited to the Gifford Observatory, in Newtown, from about 7.30pm onwards, for some evening observing of the night sky.

See for more information.


City: Las Vegas
Organization: Astronomical Society of Nevada - Las Vegas (ASN-LV)

Contact: JC Willette (702) 300-4429

Address: 2698 Pala Dirura Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89074

Date/Time: Saturday April 16 11am to 11pm

The Astronomical Society of Nevada - Las Vegas will sponsor a Public Star Party for Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. NASA information will be available to the public. This event will take place at the Galleria Mall for day of observing the sun and an evening of viewing the skies. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy this free and educational event. For more information, please call JC
Willette at (702) 300-4429.

JC Willette (Founder and President)
Astronomical Society of Nevada, Las Vegas or
(702) 300-4429

Please feel free to visit the Astronomical Society of Nevada (our sister society in Reno) at:

And the Western Observers Webring site (our western regional site) at:


City: Spanish Springs
Organization: Julie Jones/

Contact: Julie Jones

Address: 11860 Canyon Dawn Dr.; Spanish Springs, NV 89436

Date/Time: April 15, 2005 Sunset to Midnight

Come join Art from the Soul at 11860 Canyon Dawn Dr., Spanish Springs, NV for an evening of viewing the stars beginning at sunset through Midnight. Clouds? No problem. Come see the an Astronomical art exhibit, pick up posters and talk to the artist. Star charts and sky calendars (of astronomical events) will also be given away. Full color astronomy posters have been provided by Astronomy Magazine!! Come talk about space related careers for women and come talk to one of the "Women of Space." All free to the public as thank yous for participating in Astronomy Day.

Coffee and soft drinks will be provided for all those participating.

Feel free to bring your telescope or binoculars.

Invitation required. To get yours free call or write:

Art from the Soul
Astronomy Day Invitations
11860 Canyon Dawn Dr.
Spanish Springs, NV 89436
Phone: 775-425-6821

For more details visit:


North Carolina

City: Charlotte
Organization: Discovery Place

Contact: John B. Austin

Address: 301 N. Tryon Street;Charlotte, NC 28202

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 8 pm - 11 pm

Star Party: join the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club and museum staff to view the moon, planets, and stars using a variety of telescopes. Participate in Lunar 100, a program designed to guide the viewer to find 100 different features on the moon. A Meade ETX90 telescope will be given away that evening.


City: Charlotte
Organization: Charlotte Nature Museum

Contact: John B. Austin

Address: 301 N. Tryon Street;Charlotte, NC 28202

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 10 am - 2 pm

Safely view the sun using telescopes provided by members of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club. Participate in astronomy activites. Children will be able to construct a wrist sun dial to take home. Register for a Meade ETX90 telescope ($900 value). Many activities are scheduled to also celebrate Earth Day.


City: Duncan
Organization: Duncan Astronomical Society

Contact: William A. Leyrer - 580-252-0221

Address: 2102 Meadowview Dr.;Duncan, OK 73533

Date/Time: Saturday April 16th from 10:00 am till 12:00am
(10:00am to 5:00 pm in the Wal-Mart shopping center and 8:00pm to ?? evening session at the Duncan Middle School.)

We are proud to announce the very first official observance of National Astronomy Day held in the Duncan Oklahoma area. There will be plenty of FREE information for beginning astronomers of all ages and friendly Amateur Astronomers on hand to answer your questions. Telescopes for public solar observing will be available throughout the day and a FREE public evening observing session will also be held where the public are encouraged to bring their telescopes.




City: Cincinnati
Organization: Cincinnati Observatory Center

Contact: Dean Regas

Address: 3489 Observatory Place; Cincinnati, OH 45208

Date/Time: April 16, 8-11pm

Jupiter Night the the Observatory

See the king of the solar system at the Observatory.

Jupiter Nights include hourly classes about our largest planet and tours of the Observatory. Then, see the cloud tops of Jupiter and the four Galilean moons for yourself through our historic 1843 and 1904 telescopes (weather permitting).

We will also look at the Moon and the Lord of the Rings, Saturn.

Cost Per Program: $5 for adults, $3 for children

Advance reservations are required space is limited. For further information or to make reservations, please call 513-321-5186.


City: Cleveland
Organization: NSS

Contact: Steven Vaughn

Address: 4908 Quincy ave. #2161 C.M.H.A.

Date/Time: 4-15-2005 5pm Friday until 4-17-2005 5am Sunday

1st day:6pm 2 sci-fi movies, 12am listen to coast to coast am, 2am telescopic viewing.
2nd day: 11:30am view the Sun,12pm Go to library, NASA, or History museum. 4pm Listen to Let's talk stars,next watch 6 astronomy videos at the same time as playing the Space Voyage game, and 2:30am telescopic viewing.There will be snacks and juice too.


City: Cleveland
Organization: Astronomy Magazine and The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Contact: Jason Davis

Address: 1 Wade Oval Drive; University Circle; Cleveland, OH 44106

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th From 11am to 4pm

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will celebrate Astronomy Day 2005 in conjunction with the "Festival of Feathers," highlighting the museum's exhibition "Feathered Dinosaurs: The Bird/Dinosaur Connection." Programs in the Nathan & Fannye Shafran Planetarium will explore the highest-flying birds of all the avian constellations of the night sky. Interactive activities outside the planetarium will help visitors learn more about the universe. Come and make sundials and scale models of Earth and the Moon, and visit the Ralph Mueller Observatory for a chance to observe the Sun safely.


City: Strongsville
Organization: Cuyahoga Astronomical Association

Contact: Lynn M. Laux

Address: PO Box 868; North Olmsted, OH 44070-0868

Date/Time: April 16, 2004 10 am to 11 pm

The NASA Glenn Visitor Center in Cleveland, Ohio will partner with Schuele Planetarium and the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association to host an all day and into the night Star Gazing astronomy extravaganza on Saturday, April 16th. Join us for an exciting day of telescopes, kids Make & Take craft activities and plenty of handouts! As always, free photos for everyone at the Picture Yourself in Space digital photo booth.


City: Toledo
Organization: Toledo Astronomical Association

Contact: Frank S. Merritt

Address: 2007 Bretton Pl.; Toledo, Ohio 43606

Date/Time: April 16 2-4 PM 7:30-11:00 PM Blue Creek Metropark, Whitehouse Ohio

Sunspot viewing in the Afternoon with astronomical viewing in the evening, weather permitting.



City: Youngstown
Organization: Ward Beecher Planetarium at Youngstown State University

Contact: Sharon Shanks

Address: One University Plaza; Youngstown, OH 44555

Date/Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. April 16, 2005

Hands-on activities for children of all ages, lunar sample disk for viewing, demonstrations, planetrium program, solar viewing with Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society




City: Eugene
Organization: North Eugene High School Astronomy Club

Contact: Alex Chen

Address: 200 Silver Ln., Eugene, OR97404

Date/Time: April 14, 2005 8 P.M. (Pacific Time)

We will......

1.Introduce our club and our international co-op in Taiwan, R.O.C.
2.Introduce about Astronomy Day, What is Astronomy
3.Show Meteorites
4.Watch a astronomical training video
5.Do demos about why we put telescope in the space




City: Chadds Ford
Organization: Westtown Robotics Club

Contact: John Hall

Address: 575 Fellowship Rd.; Chester Springs, PA 19425

Date/Time: April 16th, 2005 1 PM to 4 PM

The Westtown Robotics Team has planned a fundraising event on April 16th, 2005 at Spitz, Inc., a planetarium dome builder located in Chadds Ford, PA, at Rt. 1 and Rt. 202. There will be 1PM, 2 PM, and 3 PM showings of âOasis in Space,â a full dome 3-D animation show produced by Spitz, Inc. âOasis in Spaceâ has been featured in planetariums around the world. Also featured will be exhibitions, digital movies and animations arranged by the Westtown School Robotics Team. Tickets for the fundraising event are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Contact John Hall 610-458-5534.


City: Galeton
Organization: DCNR - PA State Parks

Contact: Tim Morey

Address: c/o Lyman Run State Park, 454 Lyman Run Rd, Galeton, PA 16922

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 2005 7:30pm - 9:30pm

A Closer Look at the Moon - Best program for younger audiences! Celebrate Astronomy Week and Earth Day (a little early)! This is a moon program with a Earthy twist! Please park in the field by the airport. The program is free of charge. All ages are welcome to attend. Call or email with any questions. In the event of rain or mostly cloudy skies, an alternate astronomy program will be held in the park`s pavilion. The gate to the main field will be open in this case and you may drive to the pavilion.


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

Contact: Ted Nichols II

Address: ASH Naylor Observatory
PO Box 160
670 Observatory Dr.
Lewisberry, PA 17339

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 from 10 AM to 6 PM

In celebration of National Astronomy Day the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg will also open the doors to its Naylor Observatory to the Public. The observatory is located off of Route 382 and Brenneman Drive at 670 Observatory Drive in Lewisberry, PA. A Public Observing Session AND Open House will occur on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 8:00 PM. If it is cloudy, tours of the observatory will be given and a general interest presentation will be given. If clear, observing of celestial objects through the Societys telescopes will take place. The Observatory will also be open solely for a Public Observing Session on Sunday April 17, 2005 beginning at 8:00 PM as well. If it is cloudy, the Sunday event will not be held. Celestial objects such as the moon, planets, binary stars, open and globular star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies may be visible if the skies are clear. Members of the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH) will be present to operate several large telescopes!
and answer questions about the science of astronomy. Interested parties are advised to call the observatory a half hour before the scheduled session at (717) 938-6041 if the weather is questionable. Upon arrival, parties must sign in at the Asper Administration building, the first structure on the hill. A $3-$4 donation per person is requested for attending a Public Observing Session. Directions to the Observatory are available at:



City: Pittsburgh
Organization: Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh and Henry Buhl Jr. Planetarium

Contact: Dan Malerbo

Address: Carnegie Science Center; One Allegheny Ave ;Pittsburgh, Pa 15212

Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 10am to 7pm / Observatory 9pm to 10:30 ; Sunday, April 3, 10am to 5pm

On Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, 2005 visitors can join the staff of Carnegie Science Center's
Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium & Observatory along with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh for a two-day celebration of Astronomy and Space Science.

Whether you're interested in learning how to find your way among the stars, checking out the latest
telescopes, hearing about the latest news from the Cassini-Huygens mission, or getting a close-up
look at meteorites and Moon rocks this weekend is for you. Join us for some hands-on activities both
inside and outside. Guest speakers include David Grinspoon, author of Lonely Planets and Art Glaser
from Allegheny Observatory. A mission manager will takl live from JPL about Saturn and the Cassini mission.



City: Lima
Organization: Cielo 12 Sur

Contact: Aníbal Paredes

Address: Jr. Emilio Fernández 640, Santa Beatriz, Lima 1, Perú

Date/Time: Friday 15th 2005: 19:30 (oo:30 UT) Saturday 16th 13:00 (18:00 UT) until Sunday 17th

Friday 15th April 2005 19:30 pm (00:30 UT):

Conference about Astronomy Day events local and world wide, activities of Cielo 12 Sur, 2005 astrophenomena, Astronomy courses, Skywatching and astrophotography tips, Best places around Lima to observe from. Bookings for the Astronomical excursion. Open register for new members. Virtual exhibition of astronomical upcoming astrophenomena visible from Lima. Exhibition of astronomical equipment.
Place: Mont Blanc Gran Hotel showroom. Address: Jr. Emilio Fernández 640, Santa Beatriz, Lima. Phone ++ 51 1 4337981

Saturday 16th April 2005:

Astronomical excursion until Sunday 17th April 2005. Departure (saturday) 13:00 (18:00 UT) Return (sunday): 07:00 (12:00 UT)

City: Lima
Organization: Peruvian Astronomical Society

Contact: Ivan Meza

Address: Av. de las Artes Norte 637 San Borja - Lima 41 Peru

Date/Time: Thursday 14 18:00 hrs
Friday 15 18:00 hrs
Saturday 16 12:00 hrs 19:00
Sunday 17 11:30 hrs

Day 14, course of telescopes use, types, alignment.
Day 15 Video conference and discussion about the discoveries at the Harvard Station Observatory in Arequipa.
Day 16 Planetarium Show free entrance, Observation of skies Through telescopes
Day 17 Planetarium Show, theme Ancient Astronomy in the Andes


Puerto Rico



City: Bucharest
Organization: Bucharest Astroclub and The Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy - Bucharest Chapter

Contact: Adrian Sonka

Address: Bd. Lascar Catargiu Nr. 21, sector 1
Bucharest, cod 010662

Date/Time: Saturday April 16-th, 12 noon to midnight

Bucharest Astroclub ( in colaboration with the Bucharest Chapter of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy ( S.A.R.M., ) is please to organize and anounce the 2005 Astronomy Day Festivities in Bucharest, Romania.

The public is invited for information sessions and public viewing though the clubs' telescopes, starting with 12 noon on on Saturday the 16-th though the evening and night. Daytime viewing will constis of properly filtered Solar Observing and in the evening the public will be abel to admire the Moon and Planets through telescopes.
Club members will answer astronomy related questions from the public. This is the first Astronomy Day event for the Bucharest Astroclub and the second for the Bucharest Chapter of S.A.R.M.


City: Targoviste
Organization: SARM-The Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy

Contact: Valentin Grigore

Address: CP 14, OP 1, Targoviste, RO-130170, Dambovita, Romania

Date/Time: April 14, 2005 - Presentation at Mircea Voievod School Targoviste, 13:00
April 15, 2005 - Presentation at Piersinari School, Dambovita - 15:00
April 15, 16, 17 - Public presentation, Targoviste Center, Platoul Prefecturii, 17:00-24:00

A SARM team will do some presentations in schools in Targoviste and Dambovita County.
Also, for 3 days/evenings will be made public and mass-media presentations in the center of Targoviste town using scopes to observe Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and other objects. Astronomical products (sky maps, posters, booklets, etc) will be available for public.


South Africa


South Carolina


City: Aiken
Organization: Augusta Astronomy Club, University of South Carolina Aiken, Dupont Planetarium

Contact: Dr. Gary J. Senn

Address: 471 University Pkwy; Aiken, SC 29801

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005, 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Hosted by: The Augusta Astronomy Club, the Dupont Planetarium, and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

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: In honor of the 15th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, we will present, Through the Eyes of Hubble. The cost for planetariums shows are: Adults $4.50, Senior Citizens $3.50, PK-12 Students $2.50.

Astronomy Lectures: Lectures on the accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope 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.

National Hubble Image Unveiling: The Dupont Planetarium will sponsor a special unveiling event on April 25, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. Two, mural-sized images will be unveiled at various sites around the country including Aiken, South Carolina.



South Dakota

City: Sioux Falls
Organization: Sioux Empire Astronomy Club

Contact: fnino or Jim Morris

Address: Washington Pavilion; 301 S. Main Avenue; Sioux Falls SD, 57104

Date/Time: Saturday April 16, 10:00am - 4:00pm Exhibits SKy Watch from 6:30pm - 9:30 pm Public Star Party

Sioux Empire Astronomy Club will co sponsor the event with the Washington Pavilion located at 301 S Main Ave in Sioux Falls, SD. We will have exhibits, telescopes, star lab, solar viewing, face painting for the kids, hand out materials, Solar Ambassador, NiteSKy Demonstrations, DVD showing, Demos of SOftware that is used for sky charts.



City: Goodlettsville
Organization: Cumberland Astronomical Society

Contact: Scott Smith

Address: PO Box 1733; Gallatin, TN 37066

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th 3:00 pm till 9:00 pm CT

The Cumberland Astronomical Society will host day and night Astronomy Day events at Moss Wright Park in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The park is full of activity due various sporting venues, walking track, historical fort, etc. If you are in the Middle Tennessee area please feel free to visit with us.


City: Nashville
Organization: Adventure Science Center and Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society

Contact: Drew Gilmore

Address: 800 Fort Negley Blvd

Date/Time: April 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Begin your journey to the final frontier on Astronomy Day from 10:00 am to 3:00 PM at the Adventure Science Center. Paul Johnson from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, will give talks on space exploration at 11:00 am and at 1:00 PM. Members of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society and Clarksville Astronomers will be on hand with telescope exhibits and solar observing. JPL Solar System Ambassadors Chuck Schlemm and others will feature displays on the planets in our solar system and the exciting discoveries being made by robotic explorers today. Visit for schedules and more information!


City: Nashville
Organization: Middle Tennessee Space Society

Contact: Chuck Schlemm

Address: 508 Beechgrove Way; Burns, TN 37029

Date/Time: 4/16/05 10AM - 3PM

Astronomy Day will be featured at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN.

The Middle Tennessee Space Society will exhibit past, present and future manned and robotic space vehicle models: Apollo Lunar Module, rover, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, SpaceShip One, Enterprise, MARS base One, and Mars rovers Spirit and Sojourner. We will have solar system, Earth, Moon, Mars, Saturn globes. There will be a large display of telescopes and some for outdoor solar viewing.



City: Brownsville
Organization: South Texas AstRonomical Society (STARS)

Contact: Carol Lutsinger

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

Date/Time: April 12, 2005 6:30 PM, 7:15 P. M. 8:00 P. M.

Planetarium programs and stargazing outdoors after dark at the Brownsville Public Library


City: Canyon of the Eagles Lodge and Nature Park, Lake Buchanan
Organization: Austin Astronomical Society

Contact: Kelley knight

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

Date/Time: April 15-16 - Eagle Eye Observatory - Canyon of the Eagles Park and Nature Lodge

visit for full schedule

Join the Austin Astronomical Society and other organizations in a fun-filled weekend centered on astronomy and space sciences.

There will be star parties both Friday and Saturday nights. Hands-on activities such as viewing the Sun safely with telescopes from 12 to 4 on Saturday will take you to the Sun and beyond.

Our invited speakers Dr. Steve Maran, author of Astronomy for Dummies, and Ann Micklos, Return to Flight Project Manager, Kennedy Space Center-Lockheed Space Operations, will inform you on the latest on getting the space shuttles flying again and general astronomy.



City: Clute
Organization: Brazosport Astronomy Club

Contact: John & Diana Klebenow

Address: The Center for the Arts and Sciences
Nature Center and Planetarium
400 College Drive
Clute, Texas 77531

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 10am to 10pm

Solar telescopes,free planetarium shows,giveaways,kids coloring contest,and night observing!



City: Dallas/Ft. Worth
Organization: Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, Olympus Mons Astronomical Society,
Ft. Worth Astronomical Society

Contact: David Hutchison

Address: 7804 Alderwood Place; Plano, TX 75025

Date/Time: April 23rd, 5pm - 10pm Held at U.T. Arlington

Telescope Observing, Talks on Astrophotography. Kids Activities. Planetarium programs.


City: Denison
Organization: Astronomical Society of North Texas

Contact: Tim Long

Address: 202 Utah St.; Sherman, Texas 75090-9140

Date/Time: 12:00 Noon to 6:30 P.M. Solar viewing
6:30 P.M. to 12:00 Midnight Night Viewing

The ASNT will be at the Grayson County College in Denison, Texas for Astronomy Day 2005.

Programs and information on Astronomy


City: San Antonio
Organization: San Antonio Astronomical Association

Contact: Pat Lanclos

Address: 241 Tapwood Lane; Cibolo, Texas 78108

Date/Time: April 16th, at Sunset

Discussions on telescope designs and stargazing for the whole public at the Scobee Planetarium on the grounds of San Antonio College.


City: Texarkana
Organization: Red River Astronomy Club

Contact: Timothy Eason

Address: 710 Walker LN; Texarkana, Texas 75501

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 4:00pm-9:30pm

Directions : Go south on Highway 59 past the Sulphur River about 1/2 miles. Turn on the first road on the right past the river and go straight for about 1/2 miles. There will be signs from the highway. For more information visit


City: Wichita Falls
Organization: Starlight Observers League (SOL)

Contact: Rick Harris 940-642-7431 or David Ryle 940-636-1816

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

Date/Time: Saturday April 16 10am to 11pm

The Starlight Observers League will sponsor a Public Star Party for National Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. NASA exhibits, seminars and a guest speaker are planned. This event will take place
at the Kiowa Room at MSU for the displays and seminars, and then move to the Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center for an evening of viewing the skies. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy this free and educational event. For more information, please call David Ryle at (940) 636-1816 or Rick Harris at (940) 642-7431.




City: Stansbury Park
Organization: Salt Lake Astronomical Society

Contact: Thomas J. Sevcik

Address: 988 East 3745 South, Apt #6; Salt Lake City, UT. 84106

Date/Time: 16 April 2005

The Salt Lake Astronomical Society will be hosting a dedication and open house of its new 32" observatory. Invited guests will be former astronauts Jake Garn and Don Lind. Planned are a ribbon cutting, release of balloons and skydivers. Following later in the day will be public solar observing, lectures and demostrations by club members and invited speakers. A local radio station will be invited to provide music. A star party in the evening rounds out a day full of events.




City: Midland
Organization: Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC)


Address: Crockett Park, Fauquier County;10066 Rogues Road (Rt. 602) Midland, VA, 22728

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 3pm - 11pm

  • Speakers Phil Harrington and Rod Mollise
  • Telescopes on display
  • Solar observing
  • Moon observing
  • Galaxies
  • Star clusters
  • Planets
  • Constellations
  • Satellites
  • Free advice !!!


City: Richmond
Organization: Richmond Astronomical Society

Contact: David Credicott, RAS President

Address: 4514 Foxwood Rd.; Chester, VA 23831-8011

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 1 - 4 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia; 2500 West Broad St; Richmond, VA

An afternoon of Astronomy education and fun follewed by an evening of stargazing


City: Warrenton
Organization: Northern Virginia Astronomy Club

Contact: John Deriso

Address: 12495 Marstan Moor Lane; Herndon, VA 20171

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 3:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Astronomy Day, Saturday April 16 2005, is a nationwide event where stargazers congregate and the general public is invited to re-kindle an interest or get their kids or family into a wholesome hobby. This year, NOVAC is sponsoring a star gaze and lectures at C.M. Crockett Park near Warrenton, VA. Directions are on our website Please advise students, parents and friends. Everyone's welcome!


City: Virginia Beach
Organization: Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Contact: George Reynolds

Address: PO Box 9877; Virginia Beach, VA 23450

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 2005 From 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

BBAA members will have solar-filtered telescopes at three Virginia Beach libraries for library patrons and passersby to see sunspots and solar prominences. A free literature table will be sert up at each location, and each library will have a special book display for Astronomy Day.



City: Everett
Organization: Everett Astronomical Society

Contact: Mark Folkerts

Address: Everett Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 12746
Everett, WA 98206


Friday Apr 15 - 7:00 - 11:30 PM -- Harborview Park - Public star party: Amateur telescopes with viewing of moon, planets Saturn and Jupiter and other celestial wonders.
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Saturday Apr 16 -10:00 am - 5:30 pm -- Astronomy Day at Everett Public Library: Astronomy info, videos, slides, displays and activities.
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Saturday Apr 16 - 7:00 - 11:30 pm -- Harborview Park - Public star party: Amateur telescopes with viewing of moon, planets Saturn and Jupiter and other celestial wonders.


City: lopez island
Organization: Lopez Lookers

Contact: bob smith

Address: bob smith; pob 117; lopez island,wa 98261

Date/Time: may 7'th 8:00 pm

we will be having our 3'rd annual ASTRONOMY DAY observing night at the LOPEZ GRANGE HALL begining around 8:00pm. this year we are having the event at a later time so that we can do deep sky observing. all are welcome and encouraged to bring any telescope, binoculars, or any other type of optical aid. come out and be with your neighbors under dark skies and GET TO SEE some of the wonders of our universe--texas bob smith



City: Oak Harbor
Organization: Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS)

Contact: Rick Owens

Address: 52 NW Jib; Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Date/Time: Friday, April 15, 2005 dark-11pm

City: Yakima
Organization: Yakima Astronomical Society

Celebrate Astronomy Week and explore the wonders of the night sky at this free public Star Party hosted by the Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS). View Jupiter, Saturn, and deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and Beehive Cluster. No telescope is needed and people of all ages are welcome to attend. For more information about this event visit our web site at Note: this event may be canceled due to inclement weather or poor visibility.


Contact: Bruce Perrault

Address: Yakima Area Arboretum - 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima WA 98901

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th - 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Our club will be at the Yakima Arboretum to help them celebrate "A Walk in the Woods" as we also promote Astronomy Day. YAS members will have free handouts and answer questions.




West Virginia


City: Wheeling
Organization: Benedum Planetarium/Schrader Enviromental Center

Contact: Steven Mitch

Address: Benedum Planetarium
Oglebay Park
Wheeling, WV 26003

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16
11:00am to 4:00pm - Benedum Planetarium
7:30pm to ? - Schrader Center Observatory

16th annual Astronomy Day Event. Includes activities, workshops, displays, 22-inch diameter projected solarscope imaging of the Sun, telescope and meteroite exhibits, speakers and programs.

11:30 - Make your own sundial workshop.
12:30 - How to construct a safe, inexpensive solar viewer for your telescope.
1:00 - RingWorld planetarium program.
2:00 - Speaker: Dr. Joseph Busche, assistant professor of astrophysics: Our Sun: The Weather Machine.
3:15 - Evening Skies of Spring planetarium program.
3:45 - Doorprize give-a-way; grand prize - Hardin Optical 6-inch dobsonian reflector telescope.
7:30 - Telescope observing - Schrader Center Observatory. Featured objects are the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and the Bee Hive cluster. 6 telescopes will be set up in addition to the antique, 4-inch Zeiss refractor inside the observatory.



City: Eau Claire
Organization: Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society, UWEC Physics and Astronomy

Contact: Dr. Likkel

Address: L.E. Phillips Planetarium
UW-EC Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Date/Time: Saturday May 14, 2005 10am - 4pm

Free: On the University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire campus in Phillips Science Hall. Planetarium shows, displays, solar telescopes, videos, handouts.



City: Mequon
Organization: Northern Cross Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Setzer

Address: 1418 Trillium Court; West Bend, WI 53095

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16: 2:00pm through midnight

Astronomy Day 2005 will be a fun-filled and educational experience for the whole family! The event will be held at Rotary Park in Mequon.

Planned activities include:

  • Solar observing (white light and H-alpha) all day
  • Guided tours of a scale model of the solar system
  • Talks on astronomy and telescopes
  • Creative activities for children
  • Observing the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter and many other celestial objects from dusk until midnight

See for details and updates.


City: Milwaukee
Organization: Milwaukee Public Museum

Contact: Jeffery Bass

Address: Milwaukee Public Museum; 800 West Wells St.; Milwaukee, WI 53233

Date/Time: April 16, 2005 11am - 3pm

11am - 3pm

desc: Solar observing
Indoor telescope viewing "safari"
Mirror grinding
Starcharts and Sundials
Astronomy play: "A Cosmic Web"
Astronomy Magazine staff
Milwaukee Astronomical Society
Urban Stargazers


City: Sheboygan
Organization: Sheboygan Astronomical Society

Contact: Harald Schenk

Address: One University Dr.;Sheboygan, WI 53081

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 13th, starting at 7:30 PM CDT

Join us to inaugurate the new "Observatory Plaza" at UW-Sheboygan. View the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn with one of the campus Celestron telescopes.


City: Wisconsin
Organization: East Central Wisconsin Astronomers

Contact: Dave Schliepp

Address: 410 West Main Street; Wautoma, WI 54982

Date/Time: Saturday, April 16th. Noon-2PM

The East Central Wisconsin Astronomers and the Wautoma Public Library are teaming this year for Astronomy Day. To celebrate Astronomy Day we will be setting up several displays at the Wautoma Public Library featuring amateur photos, information, free handouts, and giveways including a drawing to win a one year subscription to Astronomy Magazine! Amateur astronomers will also be on hand to answer questions. Weather permitting we will have a Solar telescope set up outside the library. The event will be on Saturday, April 16th, from Noon until 2pm at the Wautoma Public Library, rain or shine. HTTP://


City: Gillette
Organization: Campbell County High School Astronomy Club

Contact: Mark Brackin

Address: 1000 Camel Drive;Campbell County High School;Gillette Wyoming 82716

Date/Time: Entire Month of April Rocket contests and poster contests
April 12th Public Star Party at Camplex, Moringside park

Our club has distributed 450 free rockets to youth groups and are holding rocket launches and poster contest for kids from ages 5 to 12! Prizes will be awarded to each group and grade level!











Related Links:

Get the latest Astronomy Day Handbook from Sky and Telescope.

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Send an Astronomy Day Activity update to the Astronomical League.

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