Star Gazing Party Tonight at LSNC

Tonight Leslie Science & Nature Center is welcoming the University Lowbrow Astronomers for a Star Party tonight from 8-11p. Moon rise is scheduled for 10p, so maybe your child can rest a bit after school before heading out.

Admission is $5/person and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone is encouraged to bring binoculars. A variety of telescopes will be setup (with assistance available) for viewing more of the night sky.

Read their announcement below for more details:

LESLIE SCIENCE & NATURE CENTER WELCOMES THE UNIVERSITY LOWBROW ASTRONOMERS FOR A STAR PARTY

ANN ARBOR, MI, AUGUST 25, 2014 –

Leslie Science & Nature Center (LSNC) invites you to join us, along with our partners the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers, for a Star Party on-site at LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105, on Friday, September 12 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. The University Lowbrow Astronomers will lead this all-ages evening of star gazing at LSNC, creating an opportunity for attendees to use telescopes with expert guidance to view stars, planets, nebulae, and other celestial objects. Clear skies will allow sights including various constellations, the Moon, Neptune, Mercury, a variety of galaxies, nebulae, and much more.

Stars play an important role in human culture, prominent in mythology, folklore, and literature, inspiring artwork, spurring scientific inquiry, and taking on an instrumental role in navigation and exploration since the beginning of civilization. As light pollution increases each year, people are able to see less and less of the night sky; in some areas it is now almost impossible to see the Milky Way, which was once a prominent sight. LSNC and the University Lowbrow Astronomers believe that by providing a program where people can learn more about what they are seeing in the night sky, they will inspire community members to learn more and to take action to help control light pollution.

The Star Party is the latest partnership between LSNC and the University Lowbrow Astronomers, a group that describes themselves as “… a diverse group of around 90 amateur astronomers, ranging from amateur telescope makers to professional rocket scientists (really!) Some of us just like to read, while others like to get out and observe or photograph the heavens. The bottom line is that we all have a more than casual interest in astronomy…” (quote courtesy of http://www.umich.edu/~lowbrows/). A variety of telescopes will be available, along with expert assistance for viewing celestial objects that can’t be seen without the help of special equipment. Interpretation of the objects in view, scientific theory, astronomical facts, and advice for amateur or beginning astronomers will all be on offer to program attendees. Even local astronomical experts will enjoy the Star Party, which offers a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with other interested members of the local community, to learn about how to become a member of the University Lowbrow Astronomers, and to test a variety of consumer-level telescopes.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars to the event to learn how much amateur astronomy can be done using them – particularly their usefulness in examining features on the moon’s surface. Moonrise is at 10:05 p.m., and the moon’s phase will be at the midpoint between full and third quarter. Due to the late hour, LSNC will require that all participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The program will take place near LSNC’s DTE Energy Nature House, and will not include any hiking. All of the telescopes will be set up on or along the site’s accessible pathways.

Please join us for a Star Party with the University Lowbrow Astronomers on Friday, September 12 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105. This event is all ages, but due to the time of day, participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $5 per individual; this program is free to all LSNC Members – membership is $50 annually, includes your entire immediate family, and confers discounts on LSNC rentals, camps, and many programs. Learn more at http://www.lesliesnc.org/membership. Space is limited, and preregistration is encouraged at http://www.lesliesnc.org or by calling 734-997-1553.

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