that Astronomy Day in Montgomery was very successful, despite mostly cloudy
skies most of the evening. The crowd may have been a little smaller
than usual, but the folks that came seemed truly interested in astronomy.
Folks began coming in around 4pm. Most of our guys had their equipment
set up by that time. Though it was hazy, it was possible to get glimpses
of the moon. Several people brought their personal telescopes and
wanted to know how to use them. Several more wanted to know how to
choose a telescope. The three NASA speakers showed up and had very
good presentations. I think Rick was very pleased at the way the
are the names and e-mail addresses of the people who wanted on our mailing
was the winner of the free membership. He is 14 years old, but impressed
everyone with his enthusiasm about astronomy. He jumped out of his
seat when I announced his name at the end of the program. He definitely
wants to attend the meetings.
Jenkins, president AAS
The Auburn Astronomical Society in partnership
with the W. A. Gayle Planetarium, celebrated National Astronomy Day
at the planetarium in Oak Park in Montgomery, on Saturday, May 2.
Thanks to the following volunteers to help with Astronomy Day this year.
Thanks as well, to the many visitors who brought
their personal telescopes. Finally, as always, special thanks
to Rick Evans for providing the wonderful facility, doing all of
the promotion, and securing the speakers from Marshall Spaceflight Center.
Ray Kunert , Takahashi Sky 90 refractor
Mike Holley, Celestron CPC11, SCT; EXT-70
Gail Smitherman, 127mm Maksutov
Jim Garner, 8” Meade SCT
Stephanie Doss, photographer
Rhon Jenkins, Being Rhon Jenkins
Jim McLaughlin, 8-inch Meade SCT
Frank Ward,12-inch Dobsonian
Elliot Errera, AAS 8-inch Dobsonian
This year’s agenda:
3:00PM: AAS members and friends began setting
4:00PM: Early visitors were able to view the eight-day-old
Moon, and the Sun in the light of hydrogen-alpha with the AAS PST solar
scope, and members’ scopes filtered white-light images.
5:00PM: Telescope Clinic will was open for guests
to bring their sick, disassembled, or otherwise malfunctioning telescopes
6:00 PM: Marshall Space Flight presentations:
“The Universe: Yours to Discover, From the Solar System to the Biggest
Explosions in the Universe: the Stellar Cycle of Life"
7:00 PM: Rick presented a "Tour of the Night
Sky" in the planetarium, giving an overview of what the guests will see
when they see when they step outside.
Mitzi Adams, NASA/MSFC
Dr. Barbara Cohen, NASA/MSFC
Dr. Alexander van der Horst, NASA/MSFC/ORAU
8:00 PM: The guests came out to view Saturn,
its rings and its moons; the mountains and craters of the eight-day-old
Moon. The Moon will be one day past first quarter, making the
“Straight Wall” and lunar highlands an impressive view.
Thanks to Stephanie Doss for all
of the photos and captions!
Gail is up and ready to go
James setting up
Frank sets up
Ray getting into position
Elliot sets up
Mike's ready to go
Welcoming the Visitors
IYA 2009 cake
Gayle Planetarium cake
Joyce at the AAS information table
Rhon and Ray with visitors
Rhon continues to work the crowd..JPG
Kids craft table
Katie made several buttons at craft table
Rhon talks with ladies
James explains scope & binoculars to day
Roy and son
Frank enlightens some youth
James & Rhon looking for Saturn possible
James helps Pete learn how to use his new telescope
James (Cub Master and Weebelos leader) answers
questions and helps troop 307 with merit badges
Elliot lines up scope and Rhon continues discussion
Rhon shares some knowledge
Elliot shares his scope
Mike has a discussion with viewers
Hurry folks while to clouds are open
This little star gazer wanted to be photographed!
James shares binoculars and scope with viewers
Oh no, the clouds are coming
Charlie, Celia & Jacob take a look thru Jims'
Stephanie takes a picture thru James' scope
Come on Ray you can find it!
Frank helps this little one take a peek
Troops ready to view the moon and saturn await
the go ahead to view
Gail and the troop checking out the night skys
Sorry folks, nothing but clouds right now
Elliot continues to explain and share his scope
Night vision with digital camera
Thanks to Stephanie Doss for all of the images
on this page.