Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday, April 18 is Astronomy Day at The College of Idaho.  C of I students will help lead a variety of astronomy activities such as solar viewing, gnomon measurements, scale models, and photo opportunities with replicas of the Eagle and re-entry capsule, as well as a number of other activities that could take place in- or outdoors.  The activities will be followed by a short planetarium lesson on using and reading a sky chart and finally a time of planet, and stargazing through telescopes, weather permitting.  This event is open to the public free of charge with donations always welcome and appreciated.  A gift shop will also be open.

All Astronomy Day activities will take place in and near Boone Science Hall on The College of Idaho campus at 8:00 pm.  Most of the outdoor activities will be in the Morrison Quadrangle in front of Boon Hall.  The Whittenberger Planetarium is located in Boone Science Hall near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore.  Dress appropriately for evening, outdoor activities.

Schedule of Events—Times for each activity are approximate.  Anyone is welcome to arrive and leave according to your own schedule.

8:00-9:00   Outdoor Activities 

  • Create your own play-doh moons
  • Face painting
  • Solar viewing
  • Photo booth with models of Eagle lander and re-entry capsule
  • Walking scale-model of solar system
  • Non-Newtonian Fluids (Is it a solid or a liquid? See what happens when you mix corn starch with water!)
  • Gift Shop
  • Pop-Bottle eclipse (see a demonstration of a lunar eclipse!)

9:00-9:45  Planetarium Program

9:45-11:00 Telescope and Constellation Viewing

You can also look at the detailed schedule of events by clicking here.