Astronomy Day 2004

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April 24th, 2004

Destination Mars !


At the Royal British Columbia Museum - 10am - 4pm (unless otherwise noted)

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to Astronomy Day events and displays is free. Regular admission is in effect to the Museum exhibits and National Geographic theatre.
Ecliptic Calendar Wizard of the Stars The kids

Inside - Clifford Carl Hall

bulletPoster Displays by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, National Research Council - Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, University of Victoria - Physics/Astronomy Department, and Pearson College of the Pacific.
bulletEcliptic Calendar - figure out how space, time, and celestial motion all works
bulletTelescope Making Workshop - find out if you have the skills to make your own telescope
bulletAmateur Astronomers - answer your questions about the joys of amateur astronomy
bulletAstrophotography Workshop - can you use your new (or old) camera to take photos of stars, planets, and the moon?
bulletAsk the Professional Astronomer - try to stump the pros with your burning questions about astronomy
bulletChildren's Activities - 11:00am - 3:30pm - hands-on activities resulting in stuff to take home
bulletMaking and Assembling a Dobsonian Telescope Mount - 2 presentations: 11am - noon and 3:00pm - 3:45pm - find out how to make this simple telescope mount out of wood and a few parts
bulletWizard of the Stars - 2 presentations: 12:30pm - 1:15pm and 2:45pm - 3:15pm - our wizard will regale the kids (and adults too) with his astronomical tales!

Inside - presentations

bulletMultimedia Presentation - 2 presentations: 11:30am - 12:15pm and 3:15pm - 4:00pm - a sound and light show illustrating the possibilities of astronomy to our younger audiences - Classroom
bulletHistory of Exploring Mars - First Lecture - 1:00pm - 1:45pm - Newcombe Conference Hall
bulletFormation of Stars and Planetary Systems - Second Lecture - 2:00pm - 2:45pm - Newcombe Conference Hall

Solar viewing outside in the courtyard

Outside - Courtyard - 10am - 4pm (unless otherwise noted)

bulletObserving the Sun through telescopes using special solar filters - sun spots!
bulletScale Model of the Solar System - a walk through display


Night Viewing from the deck of the Centre of the Universe

Night Sky Observing - at the Centre of the Universe, Dominion Astrophysical Observatory - 7:30pm - 11pm

bulletNight Sky Observing - see the planetary lineup - Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the evening sky, along with our other favorite celestial objects.

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Astrophotography by amateur astronomers

(Mouse over images to read descriptions)
Destination Mars - planets taken with a webcam through a telescope Deep sky image of Cygnus taken with a high-end digital SLR Deep sky image of M42 Orion Nebula taken with a mid-range digital SLR
Lunar images taken through a telescope with a modest digital point-and-shoot digital camera Lunar halo wide-field image taken with a modest digital point-and-shoot digital camera Aurora and deep space Pleiades with Venus taken with a modest point-and-shoot film-based camera

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Astronomy Day is an international event that gives RASC here in Canada an opportunity to show astronomy to the public, and stage fun events for the kids.  Victoria Centre has a very ambitious program to celebrate Astronomy Day, and calls on many volunteers to make this civic event a success.  Have a look at our past Astronomy Day events:

Astronomy Day 2003

Astronomy Day 2002

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Astronomy Day Links

bullet HubbleSite - NewsCenter - 2003 - 11 - Iridescent Glory of Nearby Planetary Nebula Showcased on Astronomy Day
bulletThe Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Astronomy Day Page
bullet Astronomy Day - The Astronomical League
bullet SETI Searching for Giant Planets on Astronomy Day -

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Astronomy Day 2004 Activities List - (for our RASC Volunteers) Please contact Sandy (250) 642-0205 to volunteer for this years event!


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