Adams State Astronomy Club first meeting is September 29

(09-14-2011)

The Adams State College Astronomy Club will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Porter Hall room 135. The Astronomy Club is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members, regardless of astronomy knowledge and experience.

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.

After the meeting, participants will head to the planetarium. If weather permits, we will take some telescopes outside and, after an introduction to the evening's constellations and bright stars, observe double stars, clusters, and, a bit later in the evening, Jupiter and its larger moons. In the event of inclement weather, we will head into the planetarium for a tour of the current night sky, including a guide to star-hopping among the visible constellations and bright stars.

For more information about the Astronomy Club, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, rjastalos@adams.edu, or visit the planetarium's blog at: http://blogs.adams.edu/zacheis.