March 2, 2011

Free and open to the public, Saturday evenings.

Observatory Hosts Star Parties

Jack C. Davis Observatory Saturday evening Star Parties are every Saturday, and free to the public. Observatory doors open at 6:00 p.m. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Tours of the facility are provided, and weather permitting, telescope viewing is offered. However, the Observatory will NOT open if it is snowing and/or there is snow on the roads.

Saturday, March 5
Slide-show lecture "The Messier Marathon" by Mike Thomas. This lecture is about the 18th Century Astronomer Charles Messier, who compiled a catalog of 110 objects, including Galaxies, Nebulas, and Star Clusters. Every year astronomers try to locate and observe as many of these celestial wonders as possible. Saturday, March 5 is the best night to attempt this (Saturday, April 2, is the next best possibility). If the weather doesn't cooperate an "all-night" observing session and lecture will be arranged for April 2.

If the sky is clear or partly clear, the observatory staff & volunteers will attempt to make observations on as many of these targets as is practical. The observatory will be open from 6 p.m., Saturday, March 5 until sunrise, Sunday March 6. The lecture on Charles Messier & his famous catalog will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12
Slide-show lecture "Lord Horatio Nelson, Admiral of the Seas" by Mike Thomas. This lecture covers the life of the most famous naval hero in history. The story covers his life as a boy in the English countryside to his historic victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. It is the tale of a true hero, whose name lives on as the defender of his country, and as the role model for all men who set off for a life on the sea.

Saturday, March 19
Slide-show lecture "The Hubble Space Telescope" by Mike Thomas. This presentation is the story of the space telescope and the amazing images it has provided. It is also the story of the scientific discoveries that have come from the twenty years it has been in space. The lecture is full of Hubble photographs and explanations of the objects pictured.

Saturday, March 26
Slide-show lecture "Alexander the Great" by Mike Thomas. This is an encore presentation of one of our most popular history lectures. This story of the young Greek king, who goes on to conquer the known world in the 3rd Century BC, and is filled with intrigue and adventure. Alexander's life was short, but filled with glory, and there are many reasons why he is called "Great", so don't miss this program.

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