Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Come out at 6:00 p.m. to begin the event in the College Union and reconvene at 7:30 p.m. at the softball field for a barbeque and star party.
Join the Oregon Tech Astronomy Club (OTAC) for Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Come out at 6:00 p.m. to begin the event in the College Union and reconvene at 7:30 p.m. at the softball field for a barbeque and star party. Stay until nightfall to see some planets, the moon, and deep sky objects.
Indoor events will include activities for children and families, such as building and launching bottle rockets with the American Society of Engineers, constructing galaxy playdough and constellation cards, listening to members of the Native American club share tales of the night sky and Native American culture, and a silent auction with items from local businesses. In the evening, bring your own picnic dinner or join the Astronomy Club for a barbeque for $5 and learn how we are able to see the night sky with our telescope booth.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend this unique opportunity to learn about and participate in astronomy activities. You don’t need any experience at all to enjoy Astronomy Day, nor is it necessary to own equipment. A solar telescope will be available for the sunlit portion of the event. If you own a telescope or a pair of binoculars, go ahead and bring them; they’re great for looking at the night sky.
Preparation begins before leaving home. Dress warmly and bring blankets and chairs. Evening temperatures can be chilly. Children are welcome, of course, but please help us to encourage them to be careful around expensive astronomical equipment. Please observe that Oregon Tech is a smoke and tobacco-free campus and also leave pets in the comfort of your home.
About Oregon Tech Astronomy Club (OTAC)
The Oregon Tech Astronomy Club provides and promotes astronomical opportunities to all students at Oregon Tech who are interested in astronomy, stargazing, and community service. OTAC organizes stargazing events throughout each quarter where students can enjoy hot chocolate, snacks, and observe celestial objects as they traverse across the northern hemisphere. Local astronomers are actively involved with club activities, providing a wealth of knowledge and access to a broad range of astronomical equipment.