Hey, it’s Astronomy Day today May 10!

Children enjoy the Touch the Planets display featuring a different texture for each planet at an earlier Astronomy Day held in Duluth, Minn. Credit: Bob King

Love the stars? In need of a cosmic perspective on life? Your local university or planetarium will probably be celebrating Astronomy Day today, a yearly event to help anyone get better acquainted with the sky.

Our local club, the Arrowhead Astronomical Society, along with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Astronomy Club, will be sharing their passion for the sky at the Marshall W. Alworth planetarium on the UMD campus (Duluth, Minn.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Astronomy Day is a great way to acquaint children with the sky and observing. Credit: Bob King

Come join us for a safe look at the sun and sunspots through several different telescopes. plus we’ll have lots of displays and talks on astro topics throughout the day. Admission is $5 a person or $15 per family. Food will also be available.

If you’re reading this and live nowhere near northern Minnesota, check out the Astronomy Leagues list of events or do a Google search for Astronomy Day and the nearest larger city to find an event near you.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

3 thoughts on “Hey, it’s Astronomy Day today May 10!

  1. Can you Help me.
    1. want to buy a solar scope.(Lunt 158m)
    2. is this the best.
    3. does anyone have PHOTO of the sun at the same resolution that you see with your eye when looking at the sun. Compared to a multi stacked photo image.
    4. plan to visit America to buy a very good scope with the lot. For my retirement.
    If you cannot help, do you know anyone to give me advice.
    RONNIE, Queensland, Australia

    • Ronnie,
      I use a Daystar filter but the Lunt sounds like an excellent scope. Here are some reviews of solar telescopes: http://www.solarscopereviews.com/
      My experience using an H-alpha scope is that the images show far more detail than what records in the camera. As for the other scope for night use you’re buying, can you give us an idea of aperture and price range and what you plan to use it for?

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