Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What: "Astronomy Day: Science on Spaceship Earth" at The College of Idaho is a free event for all ages, featuring science activities about space, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and geology. This year's activities will include a special focus on preparing for the total solar eclipse coming to Idaho in August. There will also be planetarium shows, activities, science demonstrations, face painting, stargazing, and more!

When: Saturday, April 22nd. Astronomy and other science activities will be held from 6:30pm-9:30pm, and then stargazing through telescopes will be held 9:30pm-11:30pm (if weather permits).

Who: YOU! Anyone with an interest in astronomy.

Where: The College of Idaho, in the Boone Science Building. Parking is available in the Boone Parking lot.

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

6:30-9:30   Outdoor Activities

Science activities - examples may include: 

  • Scale model of solar system
  • Non-Newtonian fluids
  • Solar viewing
  • Seasons
  • Phases of the Moon
  • Face painting
  • Photo booth with Star Wars characters

6:30-9:30 Indoor Activities

Science activities - examples may include:

  • Building a take-home scale model of solar system
  • Chemistry demos
  • Planetarium programs
  • Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History
  • Building Eclipse-viewers
  • Hexaflexagons
  • Mobius strips
  • Hearts and Brains
  • Eclipse information

Gift Shop

9:45-11:30 Telescope and Constellation Viewing (weather permitting)