Astronomy Club meets on Saturday

(10-25-2011)

The Adams State College Astronomy Club will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Zacheis Planetarium. The Astronomy Club is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members, from anywhere in the San Luis Valley, regardless of astronomy knowledge or experience.

Weather permitting, Saturday will be a viewing session, starting with a tour of the evening's constellations and bright stars. After that we'll bring out several telescopes and provide everyone a chance to find a celestial object in a telescope and change eyepieces to change the magnification. We will also offer an introduction to astrophotography for those who want to try their hand at taking pictures through a telescope. Bring your own camera or use the planetarium's cameras, bring a USB flash drive, if you have one.

The purpose of the club is to provide opportunities for anyone with an interest in astronomy to experience the excitement of observing planets, stars, galaxies, the moon, and even the sun. Beginners will be able to ask questions and see new things, while experienced astronomy enthusiasts will be able to guide the club in areas of interest to them. Everyone will have the opportunity to make use of the planetarium's binoculars, telescopes, and cameras, for observing and photographing the night, and day, sky. The club will initially hold viewing activities about once each month.

For more information about the Astronomy Club, contact Dr. Robert Astalos associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or rjastalos@adams.edu.