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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 20, 2016 20:17:56 GMT -6
The Chicago Astronomers having a great time at Smith Park.....
We arrived at Smith park, a park we have set-up telescopes before...and again...had a blast with park visitors!
Watching the weather forecast all day, it was uncertain if we would have clear skies for our urban astronomy event, but I was optimistic, as the edge of this storm front would be passing south of the city and give us some peeks at the Moon, Mars, Saturn and sinking Jupiter.
I had two SCTs and one dob with Chicago Astronomers Brian and Tom with me, both great in sharing their skills with the sky loving public.
Brian, taking a moment for himself, enjoys the pre-session quiet while waiting for Jupiter to manifest itself.
Early on, I was aligning all four scopes on my mount, focusing on a smokestack. People gathered around, desiring to view this and once the task was completed, we examined the crumbling mortar and brick work up close.
Our park hosts made us feel quite at home and welcomed us back to their park...and even provided music and a P.A. for Questions and Answers from the crowd! Wonderful addition to this astro event. I also had my Tablet and shared stories and lectured on Jupiter and the mythology as I displayed the planet and other solar system objects. I did this throughout the session and great fun.
While chatting with our guests, the Moon was rising over the eastern treeline and was our first celestial object of the night...
Not a clear sky, but patchy. It still allowed us to start targeting the planets in our scopes...
Chicago Astronomer fans stopped by to share in the evening with us and we made many new friends...
This young man in the center is David and he is going to college in Jacksonville Illinois. He is wild about astronomy and has resurrected the astronomy club at his school, building membership and interest with his classmates. The Chicago Astronomer will assist and help guide this great activity - perhaps even with mutual trips to the school/Adler.
When cloud cover obscured the planets and Moon, I compared various stars to each other, such as Arcturus and Vega, through the C11 telescope, old & new - cool and hot - huge and not so huge...
Too soon, our session was over and we took a last look at the Full Buck Moon before packing our equipment away...
Our Astronomers for the evening....
We anticipate our return to Smith park and share with the eager friendly sky lovers the wonders of the cosmos.
Chicago Astronomer Joe Founder, Administrator and Chief Astronomer
Telescope/Observatory Docent Facilitator Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Astronomy Instructor Instituto Del Progresso/IHSCA
Astronomy Program Instructor British International School of Chicago /Lincoln Park Campus
Resident Astronomer Chicago Park District Nature Oasis/Night Out in the Parks/ 606 Trail