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Stargazers Week 2001

July 22nd July 26th 2001

This year we will not have the "Big Planets" until later in the morning, providing a good finale for the "Dawn Patrol". Jupiter's broad disk and Saturn's spectacular Rings provide a wealth of detail in a 8, 10, 12, and 20 inch telescopes, and I'll have you know that I observed Saturn in a pair of binoculars until the Sun rose, when the contrast decreased enough to see a tiny, tiny image of Saturn and rings.

Venus is also a morning object, blazing on into the daylight, she should provide excellent viewing in telescope, binoculars, and the unaided eye... will you join that select group, the Daytime Venus Observers? Prior to the dawn we can watch our companion galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds pass over the South Celestial Pole. This is also a time when the Sculptor Galaxies are overhead, Scorpio has set and Orion has come to peer timidly over the horizon now that the "coast is clear". Earlier that night we will have seen the central part of the Milky Way, the Scorpio/Sagittarius region, soar over our heads, while Carina, the keel of Argo Navis, plunges deep into the nether regions in its eternal quest for the Golden Fleece. But it will be Mars that has us enchanted. It will be only one month after it's closest approach to the Earth since 1988, what will the telescopes reveal to the evening watchers? Anything like those incredible slides, movies and animations witnessed ony a few minutes previously, after that superb evening meal?

A full program of activities for Stargazers Week is listed below. Please note the the program is subject to change.

Of Stargazers and OReillyology

Click on each date below to see images of daily activities as they occur.

4:15 pm
Daytime Observing**
On lawn outside Reception
8:15 pm
"The Solar System - A walk in our backyard" Slide Show
Galaxy room
8:30 pm
Evening Observing and Astrophotography
On lawn outside Reception
4:30 am - 6:30 am
Dawn Observing*
On lawn outside Reception
8:00 - 10:00 am
Daytime Observing**
On lawn outside Reception
10:00 - 10:30 am
"Basic Astrophotography with an SLR Camera"
On lawn outside Reception
8:15 pm
"Earth From Space - First Steps" Slide Show
Galaxy room
8:30 pm
Evening Observing and Astrophotography
On lawn outside Reception
4:30 am - 6:30 am
Dawn Observing*
On lawn outside Reception
8:00 - 10:00 am
Daytime Observing**
On lawn outside Reception
10:00 - 10:30 am
"Basic Astronomy" - Power Point Presentation
AV Room
8:15 pm
"Destination Mars" Slide Show
Galaxy room
8:30 pm
Evening Observing and Astrophotography
On lawn outside Reception
4:30 am - 6:30 am
Dawn Observing*
On lawn outside Reception
8:00 - 10:00 am
Daytime Observing**
On lawn outside Reception
10:00 - 10:30 am
"Asteroid Rendezvous" - Movies from NEAR
AV Room
8:15 pm
"Comets - Messengers of the Gods" Slide Show
Galaxy room
8:30 pm
Evening Observing and Astrophotography
On lawn outside Reception
Thursday 26th July
4:30 am - 6:30 am Dawn Observing*
On lawn outside Reception
8:00 - 10:00 am Daytime Observing**
On lawn outside Reception
10:00 - 10:30 am "The Sun in a Different Light"

On lawn outside Reception / AV Room

8:15 pm "Postcard from Hubble" Slide Show
Galaxy room
8:30 pm Evening Observing and Astrophotography
On lawn outside Reception
 
Friday 27th July
4:30 am - 6:30 am Dawn Observing*
On lawn outside Reception
* The Dawn Patrol will observe Saturn, Venus and Jupiter rising in the east, along with objects in the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. Comet LINEAR A2 may also be visible.

** This involves solar observing through a telescope, projection method, and examining its spectra through a spectrograph. Stars and planets may also be observed through the telescopes. Certificates presented to participants who observe Venus naked eye after sunrise.

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