Spring Planetarium and Observatory Open House



Friday, April 15, 2005

8:00 - 11:00 PM

Emory Planetarium E300,
Math and Science Center
400 Dowman Drive
Emory University
Saturn, Emory University Observatory.
Photo: H. Dale

Invitation from Dr. Richard Williamon,
Director of the Emory Planetarium and Observatory

We’re going to try again!

Many of you will recall our January 28th attempt to show off the winter skies ended with an icy blast of winter weather. Even though over a hundred hearty souls ventured to the Planetarium that evening for lively discussion and a planetarium show, many more were unable to attend due to freezing rain. But now, fortified by the warmth of spring and with the help of Christiaan Huygens, (more about him later), we’re ready.

Orion Nebula, Emory University Observatory.
Photo: H. Dale
We hope all members of the Emory Community, their family and friends, will join us on the evening of April 15, 2005 when again we plan to peer into the boundless skies to locate some of our favorite objects of admiration including Saturn, the Orion Nebula, and Jupiter now all in excellent positions for viewing.

Just drop into the Planetarium any time between 8:00 and 11:00 PM to see a dramatic, live-video feed of stunning celestial objects direct from Emory’s 24-inch reflecting telescope. Then, go up to the roof-top observation deck to gaze at them through small telescopes
set up for your viewing pleasure.

As for Christiaan Huygens, he’s the Dutch astronomer who discovered Saturn’s large moon Titan in 1655.

Moreover, the Cassinni spacecraft that now circles Saturn dropped a flying saucer-shaped instrument package, named the Huygens probe, onto Titan in January. We should mention that Christiaan’s birthday is April 14, so please expect a bit of a birthday celebration to honor one of the most important scientists of his day. At the very least, we’ll give you the latest update on bizarre Titan compliments of the Huygens probe.

Members of the Physics Department and the Emory Astronomy Club will be on hand throughout the evening to answer your questions. (There’s a good chance members of the Astronomy Club will have goodies for sale to benefit the Club’s activities, and we’re hoping to line up some musical surprises.) So, please join us for a relaxing and inspiring evening to celebrate this spring. Just drop in any time between 8:00 and 11:00 PM and stay as long as you like.

Please note: Viewing is, as always, weather dependent but the Titan update program and Christiaan Huygen’s 376th birthday will take place rain or shine.

Recommended Links:

Artists Concept: Huygens probe at Titan

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For information on the Emory Astronomy Club, please contact Dr. Richard Williamon at rwilliamon@physics.emory.edu