April 16 Public Night Successful; We'll Do It Again On May 14
Sunday, April 17 2005 @ 09:00 am EDT
Contributed by: bobmoody
For the estimated 110 to 125 guests attending the Carol Ann Cross "Saturn in the Park" event on Saturday evening, April 16th, a universal theme emerged something along the lines of "I never knew you could see that" or the more general and expressive, "WOW"! Several visitors brought their digital cameras and AOAS members helped many of them to try and take an image of the cratered moon, or Jupiter's cloud belts or Saturn's rings. Several were moderately successful and a couple achieved one or more spectacular shots. Anyone who did obtain one or more good images is invited to submit them to AOAS at either my email address or simply send them to email@example.com. Images of visitors are also welcomed. We'd love to help you show them off to others in the area in one of our Photo Gallery albums.
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Other sights that greeted visitors at "Saturn in the Parks" was the disk of mighty Jupiter, King of Planets, with its two primary brownish cloud belts just above and below its equatorial region. This image shows Jupiter as it actually appears in a telescope, wider at the equator and slightly "squished" at the pole regions. Jupiter's extreme rotational speed (a day on Jupiter is just over 10 hrs long) is the reason for this slightly flattened appearance.
Everyone will enjoy similar sights on May 14th when members of AOAS once again bring our telescopes to Carol Ann Cross Park for the last of our "Saturn in the Parks" events. Beautiful Saturn will be too low to the western horizon when the following AOAS event occurs on June 11, but that evening's targets will feature another beautiful crescent moon, Jupiter, along with a newly-returned-to-the-evening-sky planet Venus low in the SW at dusk. Our title for the remainder of our scheduled events for 2005 (after May 14) will revert back to "Stars in the Parks" indicating the availability of greater numbers of star clusters to go along with the wonders of our solar system's planetary targets. AOAS will host one event each month at Carol Ann Cross Park through Saturday October 1st.
YOU are invited to be our guest at any of the remaining Public Nights at Carol Ann Cross park for 2005. All events depend on clear skies. Watch this web site and for articles or discussion forum topics regarding any cancellations of these future events, and if the weather cooperates, bring your family out to see just a small sampling of our wonderful universe. And remember, bring those digital cameras to try and take home your very own images of our solar system!