Thousands of people around the country experienced Astronomy Day first hand with the help of the Night Sky Network and as Astronomy Week continues even more are participating.
"We did a multitude of projects and programs with the help of The Evansville Museum of Arts and Science," said Mike Smith of the Evansville Astronomical Society (EAS). "The museum conducted planetarium shows, and Members of the EAS did programs each hour. We had 607 attend these events. That night we split up and provided 2 telescopes per school at 6 local schools in 2 counties. We about 149 visitors at the 6 locations combined. All in all it was a great success!"
In Florida, the Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association shared Astronomy Day with seven troops of Girl Scouts at a camp site near DeFuniak Springs. On the other side of the continent, the San Diego Astronomy Association hosted roughly 2200 people over a 13 hour period. "Daytime presentations focused on why we put telescopes in space and how we find distant planets, but the material was expanded and modules were presented as the interest dictated," according to the club. The Night Sky Network education component was "a small part of a larger effort that included Solar Viewing, Night Viewing, Mirror Grinding, and a billboard on solar information."
Astronomy Day is past, but you can make any day Astronomy Day by finding a Night Sky Network partner near you. Just go to our club locator page and look for the group nearest you.