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Astronomy Day: Night Sky Observing with the Ford Amateur Astrono

Hammond Planetarium
Event organized by Hammond Planetarium

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Join us on International Astronomy Day for a night out under the stars. We'll be using telescopes to view the objects in the night sky. This also happens to be the Peak night for the Lyrids meteor shower.

You do not need to bring a telescope (we'll have plenty) but are welcome to bring your own. If you have a telescope but would like help learning to use it, we can help.

The event is free, however since the event is located within a Michigan State park, you will either need the Michigan "Recreation Passport" on your license plate tab, or buy a day-pass to enter the park.

Astronomers begin to arrive at 7pm, however sunset is at 8:20pm and it takes the better part of an hour to truly get dark.

The park temperatures tend to be a bit cooler than the surrounding areas. Dress for temps a bit cooler than whatever the forecast predicts.

We meet at this location once per month on the Saturday nearest to the first quarter moon.

If you own a telescope and would like assistance learning to use it, we can help. It is advised to arrive early if you need help ... that way an astronomer can get their own gear set up and still have time to help you while there is still enough light to help you set up. Please drop us a note at info@fordastronomyclub.com so we know you are looking for help.

Once it is dark, please AVOID use of "white" lights and certainly avoid shining lights toward the eyes of anyone near telescopes as this harms your night vision. It takes about 20 minutes for eyes to recover from this. You'll notice that the astronomers tend to park their cars with the headlights facing "away" from the telescopes so that headlights wont shine on others when they leave.

Please see our Star Party Etiquette page for tips on what to know when attending a public observing event: http://fordastronomyclub.com/star-party-observing-etiquette

Events are cancelled in the event of rain. We do need mostly clear skies to be able to observe.

If you have questions, please either ask here, or send an email to info@fordastronomyclub.com