National Astronomy Day Celebration at River Ridge Observatory Saturday

They are hosting a day of sky-related events from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in honor of National Astronomy Day, and it will be well worth your time to sign up. The observatory is north of Maumelle Lake in far eastern Perry County, about 35 feet from the I-430 and Highway 10 interchange. (You will get more specific directions after you sign up.)

Details (including what to bring and what NOT to bring) and a registration link:

National Astronomy Day Solar and Lunar Observing Event – River Ridge Observatory.

This special event is free, but attendance will be limited to 80 people. All ages are welcome. A link to register is below, and you must register to attend. If you register and have a plan change, please email [email protected]

Presentations and activities:

4:00 – 6:00 Solar observation with h-alpha sunglasses and Sunspotter.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Giant bubbles and Stomp rockets – Observation field
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Celestial Art Competition for Children – Bridge
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. Information tables:
Viewing the 2024 Solar Eclipse – Darcy Howard
Arkansas Natural Sky Association Board
UALR Meteor Collection
4:15 p.m. – 4:25 p.m. Welcome to the RRO Etiquette & Star Party – Amphitheater
4:30 – 5:15 Novice Observer Program – Classroom
5:15 – 6:00 p.m. Saving the Night Sky for Wildlife and People – Classroom
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner, presentation and presentation of the telescope, questions and answers and help with the telescope – Observing Field
7:00 a.m. – 7:25 a.m. Using binoculars to observe the sky, go from one star to another and hunt for celestial treasure – Amphitheater
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Constellation Tours – Viewing Field, Bridge, and Parking Area
7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Telescope observation and celestial treasure hunt

Instructions and suggestions:
This is not a dark sky event, as always on NAD, a quarter moon will rise. However, white flashlights, flashing shoes and the like are not permitted on the viewing field and cell phones must be turned off. You can use a white flashlight to get to and from your vehicle as parking will be on the road. Otherwise, you probably don’t need a flashlight unless you’re doing the celestial treasure hunt. If you think you might want a light on the viewing scope, bring a red flashlight or place red film (available at some arts and crafts stores or auto parts stores) over a white light, or purchase a small red keychain at the event. ($5 with choker).

Collapsible chairs, ground blankets, insect repellent and warmer clothes than you think might come in handy. If you want to try your hand at celestial treasure hunting and have binoculars, bring them. There will be a few binoculars to lend, first come first served. You want help setting up a telescope, bring it. If you register, please plan to attend the entire event. In any case, the last entry is at 9:15 am. No drugs, alcohol or pets, please.

Eat and drink

CAAS is not a food retail establishment and you may bring your own food. However, grilled chili dogs, sausages and sides will be available. Suggested donation of $6 for adults, $4 for children appreciated. Snacks and drinks will be available for sale.

Ok, if you are ready to participate, register here.

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