If you’re looking for something to do with your kids this weekend, check out the activities for Astronomy Day 2011 taking place tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area in Rogers.
It’s being conducted by Sugar Creek Astronomical Society and the Northwest Arkansas Stargazers National , and includes day and night programs tailored for kids, families, and adults.
The programs begin at 2 p.m. with solar viewing with telescopes equipped with solar filers, and daytime lunar viewing with special filters. There will be a demonstration of how to make a simple pinhole camera for solar viewing. You’ll be able to see the closest star to earth up close.
For ages K-8, some short programs ,such as a Scale of the Solar System, will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. along with astronomy art projects for kids of all ages. There will be a lunar phase demonstration to show how phases occur.
Astronomy club members will help with advice and telescope demonstrations. There will be a number of short lectures and videos about different aspects of the universe.
At 7 p.m. there will be a presentation for all ages on night viewing to show what’s “up there” and what we can see with our unaided eyes, binoculars, and telescopes. From 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., members will give a Sky tour with laser pointers. At 9 p.m. the telescope and binocular viewing begins. Saturn will be visible all evening, as well as its rings. You’ll see Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and should be able to view two or three other moons through larger telescopes provided by club members. There will also be many star clusters to see.
The Hobbs visitor center is located on Ark. 12 just east of the Ark. 12 and War Eagle Road intersection. It’s free fun! Call 479-789-5006 for more information. To learn more about the park and scheduled events visit http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/new/index.php and http://www.arkansasstateparks.com.