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Monday, March 30, 2009

A Global "Looking Up" Event

The 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project is a worldwide event consisting of a wide range of public outreach activities, live science center, research observatory webcasts and sidewalk astronomy events.One of the key goals of 100 Hours of Astronomy is to have as many people as possible look through a telescope as Galileo did for the first time 400 years ago. 100 Hours of Astronomy will take place from 2-5 April when the Moon goes from first quarter to gibbous, good phases for early evening observing. Saturn will be the other highlight of early evening observing events.

Eric Vandernoot sent me a heads up about a Global "Looking Up" Event coming up to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's discoveries.
(See a map of activity locations on link above and his note below.)

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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Hi Larry,

Here is another item to your great list. The International Astronomical
Union (IAU) is hosting a 100 Hours of Astronomy event this weekend to
celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's discoveries with his
telescope and Kepler's first two laws of planetary motion. The IAU has
gathered over a thousand sites to host events such as star parties or
observatories letting the public in. We ourselves are holding a 100 Hours
Open Dome Marathon event for the entire time frame!

Details of local sites people can go to can be found at

Please bring family and friends to these. They are hoping for as many
people as possible to look up through a telescope and get to see a little
of this great galaxy that we all live in!

Clear Skies and an Upward Future to You!

Eric Vandernoot
Astronomy & Physics Lab Coordinator
Fl. Atlantic Univ., Dept. of Physics
Observatory: SE-434 561 297-STAR
Physics Labs: PS-146 561 297-3378

Fl. Atlantic Univ., Dept. of Physics

FAU's Astronomical Observatory, housed under a 4 meter dome, is located in SE-434 at 26° 22' 23.98" N lattitude and 80° 06' 05.09" W longitude.

Our Celestron CG-11 SCT, is mounted on the small platform, at the top of stairs, to point out the roof of the building. The telescope system has the following accessories: a Losmandy Gemini Computer for deep sky objects, a Spectroscopic filter, CCD cameras, a Broad-Spectrum Solar filter to view sunspots and a Hydrogen-alpha filter to enable us to see prominences "live" in the sun's chromosphere. Plus we have growing collection of meteorites on display.

We welcome students, faculty, staff and members of the general public to join our observations. We also host a monthly Solar Science program with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center of Boca Raton.

We are excited to participate in the IAU's *International Year of Astronomy 2009* events such as the worldwide 100 Hours of Astronomy event to celebrate *400* years since Galileo used his telescope to view the skies and Kepler wrote his first two planetary laws of motion! Our scheduled 100 hour MARATHON event is detailed via this link to their website.

We plan to show the following at these times:

*Day time (7 a.m. – 4 p.m.): * The Sun: check for info of solar activity.

*Twilight (4 p.m. – 7 p.m.): * The 1st quarter Moon will occur on the 2nd and Mercury will be rising higher each evening.

*Evening (7 p.m. – 9 p.m.): * The Moon, M44 Preasepe, Saturn

*Night: * Saturn, M44 Preasepe, M13 Great Globular Cluster of Stars in Hercules, the Moon.

*Wee Hours: * Saturn, M13, Vega, M57, M8, M20

*Pre-Dawn: * Jupiter, Mars, Venus, M13, Vega, Alberio, M57, M8, M20.

On cloudy evenings we plan lectures or video presentations. Check the Boca Raton sky conditions here with the Clear Sky Clock:

*Scheduled Observation Days and Times:*

*Solar:* Mondays and Wednesdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Night:* Thursdays and Fridays 8:00 pm - Late

Or contact me for an appointment: Eric Vandernoot at (561) 297-STAR (7-7827) during normal working hours.




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