"Side Walk Astronomy" Saturn from the Sidewalk!
"Sidewalk Astronomy" was the creation of Monk and Physicist John Dobson. His involvement in the Manhattan Project in World War 2 led him to change the course of his life to try and create a better world. His initial foray into monastic life led to him being asked to leave as he had also discovered joy and purpose in interacting and doing astronomy with local kids. He subsequently spent the rest of his life as an itinerant astronomer teaching community groups how to make and use their own telescopes to enjoy the night sky. One of the design of telescopes you will see this night is referred to as a "Dobsonian", named in his honour as it was this simple design that he developed that has revolutionised amateur astronomy.
Tonight we hope to show festival goers and passers-by the magnificent planet Saturn. As Amateur Astronomers we have found this simple act of viewing the planet with it's magnificent ring system is a joy especially for many who see it for the first time.
30/7/16 Saturday - starting at 7pm , finish at 9.30pm
If the weather and cloud cover is unsuitable we can return on Sunday Night for another try.
31/7/26 Sunday - starting at 7pm , finish at 9.30pm
Venue: St John Street end of Civic Square
Event/Project Contact: Michael Booth
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Group /Organisation: Tamar Valley Astronomy Group / Astronomical Society of Tasmania