Astronomy Day 2012
April 21, 2012 @ 12:00 am EDT
The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society will once again bring astronomy to the people by hosting a day of exciting and informative activities at the Air Zoo and Kalamazoo Nature Center. This free event, aimed at the general public, including families with school age children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science, particularly of astronomy.
This year our very special guest will be Dr. Jill Tarter, Science Working Group member for NASA's Kepler Space Telescope and Director of the Center for SETI Research. She is one of the few researchers to have devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and there are few aspects of this field that have not been affected by her work.
The Air Zoo will host our daytime activities from 10am - 4pm. These include solar observing, educational and informative displays, hands-on activities for children, free planetariums shows, an autograph session with Dr. Tarter, and special presentations on how and when to safely observe the Transit of Venus.
Evening activities will be held at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Dr. Tarter's keynote presentation will be on the Kepler Space Telescope's quest to discover an earth-like planet. Please be sure to see our special Astronomy Day website for complete details.