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Astronomy Day at UNH Is Saturday, April 24

By David Sims, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
April 21, 2010

The Moon. Photo by John Gianforte, UNH.

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, the UNH physics department will celebrate Astronomy Day with three special events open to the public.

UNH lecturer John Gianforte will give an informative, family-oriented talk starting at 3 p.m. in DeMeritt Hall (Room 112) entitled “Enjoying Backyard Astronomy.” Astronomy basics such as how to choose and use a telescope will be covered in the lecture.

Says Gianforte, “Have you always been interested in astronomy but never had the time to pursue it? Do you have a telescope that’s gathering dust in a closet? Do your kids ask you questions about the stars and space that you just can’t answer? If so, then ‘Enjoying Backyard Astronomy’ was prepared especially for you.”

Immediately after Gianforte’s talk physics graduate student Richard Woolf will provide a brief overview on how to safely observe the Sun. Weather permitting, Woolf will also give a solar viewing demonstration. 

At 8 p.m., also weather permitting, UNH Observatory staff will host “Sidewalk Astronomy” with several telescopes set up on campus to view the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and more. If skies are poor for viewing on April 24 future “Sidewalk Astronomy” nights will be held. For details, see the Observatory website at http://www.physics.unh.edu/observatory.

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