I had not planned to go out this evening but it was so pretty - spring is finally here! "More Moon" tonight, not full just yet though many would say that it is full. " More Moon" is a phrase I coined when Luna is 1 day or so out from full or one day past full. Along with Saturn in a predominate place in Leo sounds like the making of a fun program to give to the general public. I had just started to set up the scope when folks began to stop by to inquire and before I had the tripod set in place I had a line a eager astronomy deprived folks wanting a look at the "full moon"already 12 degrees above the foothills in the southeast with the Sun just barely set. Not a full moon but a "More Moon". What an opportunity to model Luna's revolution around the Earth and her phase cycle. I bet I will now have some folks looking for that true full moon today at sun set with new info and skills for determining when that is! Well with all this activity I had no time to set up my resource table has the line of inquires was growing and questions coming from all sides! We finally made it to Saturn and the lines grew longer so I had to wing it tonight without my teaching aids. This nice couple came by toward the end of the evening and totally enjoyed Saturn and it's moons. We had an excellent discussion about the universe as a whole and man's experience with it both in scientific and philosophical terms. All of us need to experience the wonderful cosmos first hand with our own eyes, mind, soul and spirit. I had 54 visitors tonight and I only wish I could have given more personal attention to them!
I decided to try a Saturday night program and I am glad I did. Shortly after setting up on the west side of the Sparks Marina I had a line of interested folks anticipating a view of Saturn. One fellow by the name of Jim, came by early on and was glued to the scope enjoying Saturn and later in the evening was doing detailed lunar and double star observations. He stayed with our program tonight for 2 hours just taking it all in! I left my camera at home so no picture of Jim but I'm sure I well be seeing him again. All in all I had fun people to work with, and a total of 45 visitors exposed to the universe.