Astronomy Day Open House

Observatory and Planetarium
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois


Saturday, May 6, 2006, 8:30-10:00 pm
Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium will be open to the public on Saturday, May 6 for the annual Spring Open House. The planetarium, located at 820 38th Street, Rock Island, will be open from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., with indoor and outdoor programs in the planetarium, the Carl Gamble Observatory, and the building's grounds.  In the event of cloudy sky conditions, the indoor planetarium programs will still be offered. There is no charge for admission.
 

This year's open house will feature Jupiter at its closest approach to Earth, known as opposition. This near-by alignment allows spectacular telescope views of its cloud bands and four largest moons. The King of the Planets won't look this large or bright for another year, so don't miss out.

Also featured will be telescopic views of Saturn and its rings, the red planet Mars and a planetarium show with images and information on the wonders of the night sky.

Planetarium Director Dr. Lee Carkner will be joined by Director Emeritus Dr. Mel Peterson, members of the Augustana College Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Augustana College Physics Club in leading the programs and in answering visitor questions.

The observatory is unheated so please dress as appropriate for the weather. In the event of cloudy sky conditions, the indoor planetarium programs will still be offered. There is no charge for admission. For more information contact Dr. Lee Carkner at 309-794-7327.

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