Saturday, January 17, 2009
1-16-09 Venus - Orion Wonders Street Astro
Well after 3 days of doing personal astronomy and getting recharged it was time to go back to outreach. Our wonderful weather continues so let's take advantage of it! I did not have the normal number of visitors with this outing, but the quality of the encounters was awesome. We continued our view of a beautiful Venus and modeled it's course with the inflatables for our guests - it was really fun to see the excitement of discovery upon the faces of our visitors! Venus the Morning/Evening Star, Superior/Inferior conjunctions, and the transit of 2012 all modeled. "Are you going to be here to watch the 2012 transit and show the rest of us"? I certainly hope so! We than turned our sites over to Orion in the east. Double stars, star nurseries, bought much delight to the public and opened discussion about how stars form. This fun group in the picture could not peel themselves off the telescope. The adults here loved the "bambino" stars! I had a total of 28 visitors, and lots of astronomy cd's went with them to ogle at home!