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100 Hours of Astronomy

Solar, lunar, and night sky observing.

When: Thursday, April 2, 2009, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria

Cost: Not available

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Special Events

Description:

100 Hours of Astronomy in Santa Barbara

As part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) in
celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's discoveries
with his telescope, astronomers around the world are inviting
the public to "100 Hours of Astronomy", from Thursday, April
2 to Sunday, April 5.

The Astronomical Unit, a local astronomy club sponsored by the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, will be setting up
astronomy displays and telescope viewing in Santa Barbara,
Goleta, and Carpinteria as detailed in the following schedule:

Thursday, April 2, 10 AM to 10 PM
Solar, lunar, and night sky observing, and hands-on activities
at the Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta, in the plaza between
Borders and the theater.

Thursday, April 2, 5 PM to 8 PM
Evening sky viewing, hands-on activities, and astrophoto and
children's astronomy artwork display as part of State Street's
First Thursday event in Santa Barbara, along State Street.

Friday, April 3, 10 AM to 10 PM
All day at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
10 AM to 5 PM - Hands-on activities and solar and lunar viewing.
2 PM - Planetarium show: Astronaut.
2:30 PM - Rocket launch.
3 PM - Planetarium show: Exploring the Spring Sky.
4 PM - Free telescope raffle.
6 PM - Planetarium show: Astronaut (free).
6:30 PM - Lecture by UCSB professor Patrick McCray;
"Amateur Astronomers and the Dawn of the Space Age"(free)
7:30 PM 10:00 PM - Star Party (free).

Saturday, April 4, 10 AM to 5 PM
Solar and lunar observations and hands-on activities at the
Paseo Nuevo Mall.

Saturday, April 4, 7 PM to 10 PM
Star Party (free) at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Sunday, April 5, 11 AM to 5 PM
Solar and lunar observations and hands-on activities at the
Paseo Nuevo Mall.

Sunday, April 5, 3 PM to 10 PM
Telescope display, lunar viewing, and Star Party (free) at
Carpinteria State Beach, on Linden Lawn at the end of Linden
Avenue.

At the Star Parties, club members will set up several large
telescopes to show the Moon, Saturn, star clusters, and nebulae
to the public, weather permitting.

For further information, contact the club's outreach coordinator,
Chuck McPartlin, at (805) 964-8201, or email MACPUZL@west.net, or
check the following websites:

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
http://www.sbnature.org/

Astronomical Unit
http://www.sbau.org/

IYA 2009
http://astronomy2009.us/

100 Hours of Astronomy
http://www.100hoursofastronomy.org/

The Night Sky Network
http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/

Phone: 805-964-8201

Event posted March 24, 2009
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010

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