This weekend is a big one for stargazers! Not only has all of 2009 been
deemed "International Year of Astronomy" by UNESCO and the IAU, but April
2-5 is one of the main -- or cornerstone events -- called 100 hours of
Astronomy - a special observing event celebrated around the world.
Here is a website that is chock full of really interesting events and video
. All the events that are
webcast can be accessed on this website.
One special event is called "Around the world in 80 telescopes", a live
24-hour webcast from astronomical observatories. This event is organised by
ESO, the European Southern Observatory, from its HQ in Garching, Germany
Date: 3 April 2009, 09:00 UT (Universal Time/GMT) to 4 April 2009, 09:00 UT
Next comes the 24-hour Global Star Party organized by the Sidewalk
Astronomers. Saturday is also International Sidewalk Astronomy Night on 4
April 2009 starting at sunset worldwide.
Finally Sunday April 5 is, "Sun" day! Either get up early to view the
sunrise, go for a walk on the afternoon or enjoy a wonderful sunset.
Friday April 3rd, Colorado Blvd between Fair Oaks and Pasadena in Old Town
Pasadena 7-9:30 p.m.
Saturday April 4th, Myrtle and Lime, Monrovia in Old Monrovia
Sunday (possibly) April 5th Solar Sun Day in the Park - Myrtle and Lime,
Monrovia 1:00 p.m. To 3:00 p.m. With solar safe telescope. We'll send out a
special announcement with the actual hours if we really have the energy to
do this event on Sunday. :-)
Jane Houston Jones
Senior Outreach Specialist, Cassini Program
JPL - 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 230-205
Pasadena, CA 91109 818-393-6435
What's Up for March: Saturn! http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.cfm?id=821