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ASTRONOMY DAY 2012 Schedule

posted Mar 1, 2012, 4:45 AM by Anthony Pisano   [ updated Mar 8, 2012, 7:32 PM ]

10:00AM                      Set up equipment                        


11:00AM to 4:00PM             Question & Answer at membership table.



11:00AM to 3:00PM       Solar Observing – H-Alpha, 1000 Oaks & Mylar filters

(Back Parking Deck)


11:00AM to 4:00PM       Telescope display in main lobby



12:30PM, 1:30PM         Planetarium

2:30PM, 3:30PM                   There is a charge of $1 for members and $2 for non-members.  Everyone must have a ticket.  20 people maximum per show.  Seating is on the floor

(Main Gallery)


11:00AM to 4:00PM                 For the kids

·         Designing an alien

·         Chromatography earth (taking coffee filters, coloring them blue and green, spritzing them)

·         Planet Travel Poster (taking facts from planets such as atmosphere, temperature, landscape) and making a poster with the activities you could do if you could actually travel there.  Like hiking on Mars.

·         Key chains with beads that change color in the sun. 



11:00AM to 11:45AM           Paul Blass – “Eclipses”

The Society’s own Paul Blass will be discussing the scientific importance of eclipses.  Why, where, and when they occur and how to predict them in advance.  The Babylonians could do it  – and you know more than THEY did.

(Dodge Room)


12:00PM to 12:45PM      John Scala – "Alien Worlds?"

Where once we believed the sun was the only star with planets, today we know of hundreds. Is Earth the only planet where life exists? Mr. John Scala, Planetarium Director at Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope, will lead you through these new found worlds, and examine our chances of really being alone in the Universe.

(Dodge Room)


1:00PM to 1:45PM         Al Witzgall – "The End of the World, but don't lose any sleep on it!"

Time is getting short; do you have your affairs in order?  Who cares if you don’t?  We’re all not going to be here after December 21st.  Or are we?  A longtime member of Amateur Astronomer’s Incorporated in Cranford, NJ will give an enlightening talk on the ending of the Mayan calendar and shed some light on the controversy surrounding the supposed end of days.

(Dodge Room)


2:00PM to 2:45PM         Krishnadas Kootale – “Solar System Tour - 3D”

Get up close with the major planets and their moons in this 3D tour created using actual images from NASA/ESA missions and flybys.

 (Dodge Room)


3:00PM to 3:45PM         Joe Molnar – “Asteroid Impact”

The history of asteroid impacts on the Moon and the Earth

(Dodge Room)


4:00PM to 4:45PM         Joe Molnar – "How Telescopes Work"

An inside look at the optical workings of telescopes using lenses and mirrors. 

(Dodge Room)


Night Time Observing

weather permitting


6:30PM                    Set up for night observing


7:00PM to 9:00PM               Night Observing

Anthony Pisano,
Mar 8, 2012, 7:33 PM