Astronomy Day 2011 will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory. The observatory, located in Brazos Bend State Park, is home to one of the largest telescopes in North America that is open to the public on a regular basis.
Activities for both kids and adults will be offered at this free event with numerous astronomy and science related presentations and displays including a rare display of meteorites and lunar rocks, solar telescopes for viewing sunspots and solar prominences, button making and face painting, and information for beginning astronomers. The Challenger Center, also located at this facility, will stage flight simulations to the moon.
After dark, the focus is on the telescopes. Free passes to the large dome will be given out starting at 3:00 p.m., so come early to claim a ticket for viewing through this 36” research telescope as capacity is limited. All other telescopes, including two smaller domes and dozens of other scopes on the deck, do not require tickets and will be up and running throughout the evening starting at 6:00 p.m. Guided by amateur astronomers from local area clubs, you will be able to see details of Jupiter and the moon as you’ve never seen before, along with galaxies, planetary nebulae, star clusters, and other deep sky objects.
Food and refreshments from Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase, and the George Observatory gift shop will be open during the entire event with snacks, drinks, and souvenirs.
This event, made possible by the combined efforts of numerous local astronomy clubs, is free and open to the public. Admission to Brazos Bend State Park is $7 per person with free admission for kids under 12. Visit http://www.astronomyday.net for directions to the park and more information.