Dordt College News

Astronomy marathon April 2-4

March 27, 2009


Dordt College is inviting the public to view the stars and planets during a 100-hour astronomy marathon to be held each evening Thursday through Saturday, April 2, 3, and 4.

Evening observation hours at the Science and Technology Center’s rooftop observatory will be from 8:30-10 p.m. Daytime solar viewing will be possible on Saturday from 1 -3 p.m., using telescopes equipped with solar filters to see solar prominences, surface granulation, and possibly sunspots, depending on the amount of solar activity present.

Guests using Dordt’s Physics and Astronomy Department telescopes will see Saturn with its large moon, Titan; The Great Orion Nebula, and other deep-sky wonders, with guided constellation tours every half hour.

All events are subject to cancellation in the event of cloudy skies.

For those who want to make an entire night of it, a travelogue will be offered prior to the sky viewing.

“America’s Natural Wonders” will be at 7:30 p.m. the B.J. Haan Auditorium, and features the work of renowned naturalist and educator Bob DeLoss. Footage includes some of the most beautiful scenery America has to offer.

Tickets for the travelogue are sold at the door: they are $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for students.

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