SkyAEs the Limit for Year of Astronomy

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SkyAEs the Limit for Year of Astronomy


Byline: Sara Hooker shooker@dailyherald.com

Taking just one day to celebrate the exploration of space couldnAEt possibly be enough for members of the Naperville Astronomical Association.

Even the International Year of Astronomy, designated to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo first studying the sky with a telescope, doesnAEt come close for members.

"From our point of view, every year is astronomy year," said Drew Carhart, founding member of the association, a 200-member group that aspires to inform the public about astronomy and help people pursue it as a hobby.

TheyAEll use this occasion to host A Day of Astronomy Saturday, Oct. 3, at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave., Aurora.

The event includes day and night solar observations through telescopes set up near the planetarium on WaubonsieAEs west side; sky shows in the planetarium; discussions and lectures; and raffles and prizes.

While this yearAEs events arenAEt rare for the organization, members say theyAEre excited to share their knowledge.

"WeAEre very much rewarded by how interested people are," Carhart said. "People are universally delighted to look through our telescopes and see whatAEs up there. WeAEre enjoying seeing all of the events that groups around the world are putting on."

People of all ages are welcome at the free event that begins at noon in the Waubonsie auditorium with a welcome and discussion about the International Year of Astronomy led by association President Steve Miller

Day observations take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sky shows take place in the planetarium from 5 to 5:50 p.m. and 7 to 7:45 p.m. Night observations take place from 8 to 11 p.m.

Several lectures will be offered throughout the day:

* Michelle Nichols of the Adler Planetarium will lead a discussion from 12:30 to 1:45 p. …

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