Spring Planetarium and Observatory Open House
Invitation from Dr. Richard Williamon,
|Friday, April 15, 2005
8:00 - 11:00 PM
Emory Planetarium E300,
Math and Science Center
400 Dowman Drive
Saturn, Emory University Observatory.
Photo: H. Dale
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.
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
Orion Nebula, Emory University Observatory.
Photo: H. Dale
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
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.
Artists Concept: Huygens probe
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