ASTRONOMY DAY UPDATE: Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Norwich Crescent

According to AccuWeather, the skies are going to be more clear today than on Sunday (our proposed backup/rain date). So we’re sticking with the original plan and holding the National Astronomy Day activities today, Saturday, April 29—on Astronomy Day!

3-5 PM Daytime Activities

8-10 PM Evening Activities

Gazebo at the Norwich Crescent

We have some fun activities planned for the daytime portion of National Astronomy Day, including using a cereal box to make a pinhole “viewer” that allows you to safely look at the sun. (Important: NEVER look directly at the Sun, and NEVER attempt to look at the Sun through a telescope or binoculars without a proper solar filter. Serious eye injury could result.)

Cereal Box Pinhole Camera

Have Cereal Box, Will Travel

One of today’s activities entails transforming a cereal box into a pinhole “camera” that allows you to safely view the Sun. We’ll have some boxes on-hand for making and demonstrating the pinhole device, and if you’d like to make one of your own, please bring an empty cereal box if you can. Other boxes that work are shoe boxes, Pringles cans, and Oatmeal tubes. We’ll have the rest of the supplies on site, and will also have extra copies of these instructions for you to take home.

Evening Activities
As a preview to the evening activities (8-10 PM on the Norwich Crescent), remember that if you have a telescope and would like to learn how to use it or improve upon your knowledge, bring it along!

I’ll be out and about most of the day with little access to email, so if you have a question, the best way to reach me is to call or text my cell, below. Looking forward to seeing you on the Norwich Crescent.

Art Pallone
Physics Professor
802-485-2317 weekday
802-382-0481 mobile/weekend


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