Sat April 20, 2013 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (KAS) will hold its annual, award-winning Astronomy Day, a day-long celebration featuring educational displays, hands-on activities, and special presentations to bring science alive for the entire community. This FREE event, aimed at the general public, especially families with school -age children, is intended to widen knowledge and appreciation of science, particularly the field of astronomy.
This year’s theme is the Red Planet, Mars. No other planet in the solar system has fired the imagination like Mars. For most of human history, the Red Planet was nothing more than a tantalizing point of light on a starry back drop. Today, we have a small fleet of spacecraft surveying the Red Planet from orbit and two rovers currently exploring its surface.
Daytime activities will be held at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum starting at 9:00 am. These include safe observations of the Sun, a full-scale inflatable model of the Curiosity Mars rover, hands-on activities for children, celestial portraits with your choice of astronomical backdrops, free stargazing shows in the planetarium, and special presentations on Mars in the Museum’s Mary Jane Stryker Theater. Please see the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s special Astronomy Day website for a complete schedule.