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National Astronomy Day at Oglebay

Come celebrate National Astronomy Day at Oglebay Park! The Speidel Observatory will be open on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. Held annually, it gives astronomy-lovers a chance to share their passion with the public. Astronomical societies, planetariums, museums, and observatories sponsor public viewing sessions, presentations, workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness about astronomy and our universe.

Astronomy Day was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations like street corners, shopping malls and parks so that passersby could enjoys views of the heavens. Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy. Astronomy Day also forms part of Astronomy Week, which begins on the preceding Monday.

“Astronomy in the Park”, the Schrader Center’s Thursday night summer viewing sessions will begin June 14, 2012. This is a great way to observe, discuss and learn about the night sky from local astronomy experts! Guests enjoy deep space observing at the Speidel Observatory and through several telescopes set up on the front lawn. Call us at 304-242-6855 for more information.

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