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THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

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Calumet Astronomical Society public observing dates

he Calumet Astronomical Society invites you to explore the wonders of the universe when they present their popular free public programs. Volunteers will guide visitors in the use of telescopes and astronomical binoculars as they observe the majesty of the skies. Star charts, club information, and astrono- my-related activities. The programs are outdoors, so dress for the weather. More information about CAS may be obtained online at www.casonline.org T

The events are open to everyone. Families and school groups are especially welcome. Because observing is conducted in a “lights-out” environment, parents are requested to keep their children under close supervision. For the safety of our visitors and members, and to prevent damage to equipment, run- ning or other reckless activities will not be permitted. Please do not use standard flashlights in the observing area. Exposure to white light, even briefly, will seriously impair night vision making observing difficult. Red filtered flashlights can provide illumination without affecting night vision. You can easily make a red light by cutting the end off a red balloon and putting it over a standard flashlight.

Remember, after sunset temperatures may drop rapidly so dress appropriately for changeable weather. Programs are naturally dependent on cloud cover and weather conditions. Inclement weather will cause these programs to be cancelled without advance notice.

Conway Observatory at Buckley Homestead is located 4.5 miles west of Interstate 65 just south of Route 2. Exit I-65 west at Rt. 2 toward Lowell to Hendricks Road, then south to the “T” at Belshaw. East (left) on Belshaw to the first right (Chase Street) and south for one mile.

Date 3/14/09 - Sat.

Event Open House

Location Conway Observatory

Time 7-10 pm

4/11/09 - Sat.

Open House

Conway Observatory

8-11 pm

5/15/09 - Fri. 5/16/09 - Sat.

Spring Public Outing

Conway Observatory Conway Observatory

8-11 pm 8-11 pm

6/13/09 - Sat.

Open House

Conway Observatory

9-11:30 pm

8/14/09 - Fri. 8/15/09 - Sat.

Summer Public Outing

Conway Observatory Conway Observatory

9-Midnight 9-Midnight

9/26/09 - Sat.

Open House

Conway Observatory

8:30-11:30 pm

10/16/09 - Fri. 10/17/09 - Sat.

Fall Public Outing

Conway Observatory Conway Observatory

8-11 pm 8-11 pm

11/14/09 - Sat.

Open House

Conway Observatory

7-10 pm

Program Title

Celebrating the International Years of Astronomy

Celebrating the International Years of Astronomy

Celebrating the International Years of Astronomy

Photo taken by Lary Maka.

2009 Youth Astronomy Camp Two weekends of astronomy at Conway Observatory

he Calumet Astronomical Society and astronomy professors from Purdue University Calumet will conduct their 4th Annual Youth Astronomy Camp at the Conway Observatory at Buckley Homestead. The purpose of the camp is to introduce young people to the science of astronomy. Advance registration is required by May 23 or until filled. Call Lake County Parks at 219-769-PARK to sign up. T

The camp is recommended for students between 6th and 12th grade. Parental supervision is highly encouraged for all and required for children in grades 6 - 8. Bring lawn chairs for seating and a flashlight for night time use.

The nominal fee for all four sessions is $30 ($5 for each additional participant from the same family), and also includes a one-year membership to the Calumet Astronomical Society (a $40 value). Registrants who participate in at least three of the four sessions will be awarded a “Certificate of Beginning Astronomer” from CAS and PUC.

Camp sessions will be held rain or shine. In the event of cloudy or rainy weather, discussion topics will still be held; either on-site (clouds) or indoors at Buckley Homestead (rain) with alternate dates to be used for the observing portion of the camp session.

All camp sessions will begin with check-in at 8:00 pm and will end by 10:30 pm. We’ll begin with entertaining and informative sessions on a variety of topics (see below) and, as the sunlight fades, we’ll switch to observing a variety of Solar System, Milky Way, and Deep-Sky objects (Galaxies etc) using the Conway Observatory as well as numerous telescopes brought and operated by volunteer members of the Calumet Astronomical Society.

Date

Topic

Fri July 10 8:00 pm

Solar System Rocks & Rubble Solar System Rocks & Rubble - A brief presentation on the small objects in our solar system, especially the ones that fall to Earth, like the Park Forest, IL meteorite of 2003.

Sat July 11 8:00 pm

Navigating the Night Sky What is that bright star? Where are Gemini and Cancer? Take a guided tour of the heavens & learn your way around the summer sky.

Fri July 17 8:00 pm

Comets & Clusters We’ll learn about & build our own comet out of household ingredients. We’ll also look farther away at huge clusters of stars.

Sat July 18 8:00 pm

Time Travel with a Telescope Did you know that you are looking back into time through a telescope? Would you like to look back in time a million years? View ancient galaxies and learn about the universe.

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