Saturday, 22 June 2024

Observatory hosts discussion on Mars

KELSEYVILLE – On Dec. 20, in spite of cloudy and rain threatening skies, 36 people – young and old – who are curious about astronomy came to the Taylor Observatory and Norton Planetarium for a comprehensive lecture by Ed Giannelli all about Mars.


This was followed by a very fun and hyperactive classroom session all about light speeds and distances in the universe.


Astronomer Vic Stryker – The Olde Stargeezer – helped lead the wonderful fun and interactive session, with all enjoying pointing at Orion the Hunter, aka the Bart Simpson constellation.


The Norton Planetarium was all decked out in merry red Christmas lights with a lovely illuminated fat penguin and three candles display, with rocking Christmas music in the star theater.


Because it was cloudy there was a sign on the telescope dome door which said, “Tonight you may look at instead of through the telescope because ... It's cloudy.”


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