500-Event Milestone Reached!
At an astronomy event for local Cub Scouts, a member of the South Bay Astronomical Society in Torrance, California plays the part of Galileo looking through his telescope. (Photo courtesy of J. Fierstein)

Wow! Over 500 events held using PlanetQuest materials. In quite a variety of settings. What kinds of events have been held recently?

Ventura County Astronomical Society had a booth at the Simi Valley Street Fair in California. Marge Bartholomew tells us "The Tool Kit was extremely handy and easy to set up. I used materials from 'Finding Planets Around Stars' and 'Why we put Telescopes in Space.' Children and adults enjoyed the kit materials. The interest it sparked ... increased understanding of why it is important for us to go into space."

At a Pima, Arizona school library, Desert Stargazers held a workshop on finding extrasolar planets for the Teen Club. Bonnie Briscoe relates: "The evening was quite a success with the (teens) each exploring the different wobbles and rotations of the stars. By actually making the stars wobble they could begin to understand the effects of the large planets on the stars and understand how we are detecting them."

And what was the 500th event?
A 13-year-old boy had his dream birthday party at the observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville Astronomical Society provided the entertainment, taking the party-goers on a PowerPoint tour of the Universe, a discussion of extrasolar planets, and a chance to observe through their 26-inch McCormick refractor telescope.

These Night Sky Network clubs have logged at least five events (number of events is in parentheses) since March 2004. Clubs with a star (*) are new additions to this list since August:
  • ( 23 ) TX Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
  • ( 21 ) KS Kansas Astronomical Observers
  • ( 14 ) TX San Antonio Astronomical Association
  • ( 12 ) CA Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit
  • ( 12 ) GA Statesboro Astronomy Club
  • ( 11 ) KY Louisville Astronomical Society
  • ( 11 ) IL River Bend Astronomy Club
  • ( 10 ) OH Miami Valley Astronomical Society
  • ( 9 ) WI Door Peninsula Astronomical Society
  • ( 9 ) MT Mission Valley Astronomy Club
  • ( 8 ) MD Westminster Astronomical Society, inc.
  • ( 7 ) NY *Amateur Observers' Society of NY
  • ( 7 ) AR Arkansas Oklahoma Astronomical Society
  • ( 7 ) ME Astronomical Society of Northern New England
  • ( 7 ) TN Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society
  • ( 7 ) CA Mount Diablo Astronomical Society
  • ( 7 ) WA *Olympic Astronomical Society
  • ( 7 ) PA Starlight Astronomy Club
  • ( 7 ) IN Stonebelt Stargazers
  • ( 6 ) NJ *Amateur Astronomers Inc.
  • ( 6 ) FL Central Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.
  • ( 6 ) AZ East Valley Astronomy Club
  • ( 6 ) IL Evansville Astronomical Society
  • ( 6 ) WI Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society
  • ( 6 ) KS Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League Inc.
  • ( 6 ) TX South Texas Astronomical Society
  • ( 6 ) VT Vermont Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) TX *Amarillo Astronomy Club
  • ( 5 ) MA Astronomical Society of Southern New England
  • ( 5 ) OH *Aurora Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) PA Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) VA *Charlottesville Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) IL Chicago Astronomical Society/ Walter Glogowski
  • ( 5 ) CO * Darien O'Brien Astronomy Club
  • ( 5 ) AZ *Desert Skygazers
  • ( 5 ) TX *El Paso Astronomy Club
  • ( 5 ) OH Lima Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) TX Lipan Astronomy and Space Society (LASS)
  • ( 5 ) NY *Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) MI Muskegon Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) IL *Northwest Suburban Astronomers
  • ( 5 ) CA San Jose Astronomical Association
  • ( 5 ) AZ *Sirius Lookers Sedona Astronomy Club
  • ( 5 ) WY Starsplitters of Wyalusing
  • ( 5 ) WA *Tacoma Astronomical Society
  • ( 5 ) AZ *Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association
  • ( 5 ) CA *Ventura County Astronomical Society, Inc
Find out what events your local astronomy club has to offer. Click here to see the USA map of clubs.