Astronomy: Unlimited Inspiration!
Photo courtesy of Eric Young

Physical, age, and life challenges don't limit fascination with the cosmos!

Desert Skygazers in Arizona held an event at the Discovery Park science center. Using fabric stretched over a bucket, some weights, and marbles, members of the Desert Skygazers explained how gravity and black holes work. Cathy Anderson reported, "We had a blind adult that sat and felt the movement on the fabric [as the marbles orbited the black hole]. This thrilled her as she could visualize the black hole through touch."

Don Baker of the San Antonio Astronomical Association in Texas, reported on an evening under the stars, "This event was for children and young adults with handicaps. Most are wheelchair bound, so one of our members brought a telescope with a camera and TV. This worked out perfect!"

Larry Saunders of the Charlottesville Astronomical Society of Virginia tells of a recent visit to their observatory by a group from a retirement home, "We don't have exact ages but the group was pretty much from 80 to 100 years old. We brought them over to view the night sky through the McCormick Observatory's 32-foot long telescope. We managed to get most to take a look through the telescope and no one wanted to look through the eyepiece more than this wonderful 100-year-old woman."

Scott Smith of Cumberland Astronomical Society in Tennessee reported on an event at Camp TAG (Teaching About Grief), a camp for kids who have lost their parents. Scott recounts, "The organizer told us that there was a 14-year-old boy who lost his Dad only two weeks before and didn't want to attend the camp until he heard 'The Astronomers' would be there."

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