Last night 160 adults and kids braved the longest day of the year- which also happened to be the hottest day of the year (so far!)- to come out for a Summer Solstice Stargazing Party.
|Nancy Rood and Bill Pape getting ready to watch a full moon rise|
|Telescopes watched the moon, Mars, Venus, & Saturn|
Naturally this meant that the big challenge of the night was to see if everyone could see the rabbit in the moon! "I think everyone I helped said that they saw the rabbit" said Marcie Rodriguez, IVDM Education Coordinator. "The kids were especially excited when they found it and would call their parents over to show them."
Mars, Saturn, and Venus were also visible last night, despite some clouds. 6 telescopes from the museum and Mike and Nancy Rood- who headed our telescopes last night- were available for people to view and many others brought their own telescopes out and let others use them. Anthony Adams from Imperial and his daughter were among the visitors last night: "We had a wonderful time, it was very informative. The comradery of the people that shared their telescopes and phone applications was incredible. I was able to do some stargazing through several different telescopes. The only complaint that I have with the evening is how much money this is going to cost me to buy a comparable scope that I liked."
|Several visitors brought their own scopes & shared the night sky views|
Raffles were held throughout the evening and two telescopes were among the prizes. It sounds like we've got some more astronomers in the making after this event!
|Shaahuk games played by those taking air conditioning breaks|
Special thanks to Rogers & Rogers for sponsoring the event, Lidia Walker for hosting the event and providing raffle prizes, Mike and Nancy Rood for heading up our telescopes, and our wonderful staff and volunteers for all their hard work!