October 1, 2011 @ 12:00 am EDT
The Austin Astronomical Society (AAS), in collaboration with Central Market, brings to the public Astronomy Day. This free event is designed to bring urban sky viewing to the Austin community, and is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at the Central Market Café Lawn, 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.
Joining the AAS at Astronomy Day will be the Friends of the Austin Planetarium and members of the Astronomy Students Association of the University of Texas at Austin.
The event will kick off with AAS astronomers providing safe solar viewing, then move into urban sky observing once the Sun sets. Throughout the event we will have talks on light pollution, the night sky, astronomical history and more. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce the public, of all ages and experience levels, to the wonders of the night sky in an urban setting.
This event is also the kickoff function to World Space week; observed annually from October 4-10 as announced by the United Nations General Assembly. On hand at Astronomy Day will be a list of events occurring around Austin in honor of World Space week, including details for Observe the Moon Night, which takes place this year on Saturday, October 8. The Austin Astronomical Society will provide public Moon viewing at the downtown Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information check out http://www.austinastro.org.
About the Austin Astronomical Society – The Austin Astronomical Society was founded in August 1969 (a month after the first manned lunar landing of Apollo 11) by Austin residents and University of Texas students interested in astronomy and the space sciences. The general assembly, which numbers more than 300, meets monthly on the UT campus and hosts public star parties at Canyon of the Eagles, near Burnet, at the club’s Eagle Eye Observatory.
About the Austin Planetarium - The Austin Planetarium’s mission is to create a world-class planetarium, science museum and technology center to inspire Central Texas children and adults to learn about the wonders of science and space exploration.
About the Astronomy Students Association - Astronomy Students Association (ASA) is founded on the principle of spreading interest in astronomy. Our goal is to promote astronomy and to flourish throughout the university as a learning community. For astronomy majors, we also serve as an academic resource in promoting departmental opportunities and events.