From the Outreach Chair

By David Letcher, Outreach Chair

Friday, January 21st was a cold and windy night (with apologies to Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Washington Irving, Charles M. Schulz, Alexandre Dumas, George Sand, and many others who have used similar kitsch phrases.)

Many thanks to Jeff Bernardis, John Giles, and me for volunteering to give our Star Party at the Lawrenceville Elementary School’s “Science and Discovery Night” on January 21st.

While the children and their parents spent most of their time indoors eating good snacks and experimenting with many science projects, we three outdoor astronomers showed Jupiter, the Great Nebula in Orion, and, later in the evening, the Moon, when they came out to see us.

Not bad considering we were observing from a sidewalk position near the school directly underneath what has to be the brightest parking lot light I ever saw.  Night vision was only a figment of our imagination!

But all in all, we did have fun and we did receive a generous donation of $100.00 for our Association.  Long underwear anyone?

As of this writing, I am not aware of any impending Star Party requests but I’ll let everyone know if any come in.  In the meantime we can look forward to a new season of open house nights starting in April.

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One Response to From the Outreach Chair

  1. Victor Davis says:

    David–
    Here’s an outreach opportunity for which I’d like to recruit AAAP members. I’m leading a StarParty at Brayton Elementary School in Summit, NJ. The event will be Thursday, March 24 from about 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., weather be damned. The school’s teachers will be leading indoor activities such as building a comet from dry ice, constructing an alien from cardboard, and other astronomy-related projects. I and whatever volunteers I can scare up will conduct a constellation tour and observing with telescopes and binoculars. Scopes are welcome. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic astronomers are even more appreciated. Interested persons can contact me for details via the email address in the member roster. Thanks.

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