Our Magnificent Moon with Jupiter and the Jovian Moons
In downtown Buena Park, California, Astronomy4You showcased the double star Albireo, the Hercules Star Cluster M13, Jupiter and the Moon. Most of these interested observers had not looked through a telescope before.
(Credit: Sam Fahmi)

Using their Exploring the Solar System materials provided by the Night Sky Network, Bill_McFadden of the Statesboro Astronomy Club had this to say: "Crater making was a popular event in the lobby, and in the planetarium we made comet nuclei with dry ice, syrup, and mud. Outside there was telescopic viewing of the Moon and Jupiter. We stayed until midnight to watch the Space Shuttle launch, which was seen through broken clouds."

"I was surprised to find how many people showed up. They had all previously seen the planetarium show. Many stayed to see the highlight of the evening, Jupiter. We witnessed an eclipse!" exclaimed Bruce French, of the Tallahassee Astronomical Society while at Alford Greenway Park, in Florida.

Dawn Grove, of the StarForge Astronomy Association said this about the sea of Girl Scouts at their Space Camp in California: "This was the largest event yet for our small organization. Once the girls learned to use their individual star maps, have a brief introduction to telescopes and star party etiquette, they decended upon the telescopes. Among the things we discussed and observed were deep sky objects, a series of double stars, the Moon and Jupiter. It was an extremely successful night and we have been invited back for several more outreach events."

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