White House Astronomy Night 2015
San Diego Astronomy Opportunity
In conjunction with the second ever White House Astronomy Night, Sandy Eulitt of Stellar Experiences, will conduct a free public star party type event on the night of Monday, October 19, 2015 at a San Diego astronomy compatible location.
FREE Public Star Party
To receive details on the FREE Public Star Party that will be held, sign up here: Get White House Astronomy Night location details. Due to weather, marine layer, light pollution, and other factors, it is not possible to confirm an event location until within a few days of the event. Therefore, I have people sign up to receive an email from me, which will be sent within 24 hours of the event. We will have a waxing crescent Moon, just shy of a first quarter Moon
White House Astronomy Night Event Details
The event will be held at 7 pm, October 19, 2015 at a dark sky site in the San Diego metropolitan area. Moonset will not occur until 11:29 pm that night, though the local horizon may enable it to be obscured by about 10:30. This will preclude viewing of the western sky, as the moonlight will wash out any constellations or deep sky objects in that area. Viewing of the northern sky, including the Summer Triangle, Double Cluster in Perseus, Andromeda Galaxy, M13 in Hercules, M15 in Pegasus, and other faint fuzzies should still be possible. To enhance viewing of deep sky objects, a dark sky site in East San Diego County may be chosen.
Children are welcome. Please bring a chair, a warm jacket and/or blanket or throw, a warm beverage if so desired, snacks, and any questions about space, astronomy and STEM Education subjects of physics, math, and chemistry. Alcohol is strictly forbidden at San Diego area parks.
White House Astronomy Night History and Purpose
The first White House Astronomy Night was held by the Obama Administration in 2009. The second was announced a few weeks ago, and will be held the night of Monday, October 19, 2015. White House Astronomy Night aims to initiate a discussion of astronomy, space and science throughout the community.
Astronomy is a Gateway Science
Astronomy is long known as a gateway science, as are meteorology, archeology, and geology. A gateway science is simply a science that the general public is interested in, that inspires deeper discussion and study of physics, math, biology, and chemistry. The latter four are so-called “base sciences,” meaning that there is no underlying subject to those. A gateway science can be thought of as a public facing science, one which the general public encounters everyday, but which they, often, do not realize encompass the underlying sciences of math, physics, chemistry and biology.
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