W.A. Gayle Planetarium to host Astronomy Day

Posted: Wednesday, 07 April 2010

MONTGOMERY—Local families are invited to take a closer look at the night sky during the annual Astronomy Day celebration at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium on Saturday, April 24.

The event is held in partnership with the Auburn Astronomical Society and is designed to introduce families to the fun of astronomy. Admission is free an open to the public.

“The whole intent of Astronomy Day is to introduce astronomy to the public to show it can be a great family hobby,” said Rick Evans, director of the planetarium. “Astronomy is there every night, and this event will help you understand what you are looking at.”

Activities will start at 5 p.m. with a telescope clinic led by Auburn Astronomical Society members. At 6 p.m., Dr. Michael Sterner from the James Wylie Shepherd Observatory at the University of Montevallo will give a presentation in the auditorium.

Following the presentation, Evans will lead a “Tour of the Night Sky” inside the planetarium, giving an overview of what visitors will see during the evening’s viewing.

At 8 p.m., visitors will step outside for a telescopic viewing of the night sky.

The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is located in Oak Park, across from Jackson Hospital and is operated by Troy University for the City of Montgomery. Opened in 1969, it is one of the largest planetariums between Atlanta and New Orleans.

For more information, call 334-241-4799.