Highlights of Astronomy Day 2007
Saturday April 21st, 2007
by J. Randolph Walton
Photos compliments of Phil Zollner
600 people show up for the daytime activities, our largest event ever. The Starlab was packed for every show, thanks
to Gloria, Phil, Teresa, Rich Brady and Rich Mackiewicz.
comet making, performed by Teresa, was a
huge hit, moon crater making, other displays and talks were well
Dr. Cooper and
his son David demonstrated the
of the Galaxy” while Rich Fink
demonstrated “What Power is Your
Meanwhile Vinny Illuzzi was “losing his marbles” demonstrating “The Fabric of Space”.
Rich Gamba gave a mini Telescope
Rich Machiewicz gave a talk and slide presentation of the solar system. As usual, Bob Salvatore, wowed the crowds
with his 12” Meade telescope he had on display, but also showed the
side of astronomy with Wally Hager as they demonstrated the use of
Adam Gamba ran the
coloring, games and puzzle table for the kids and had quite a crowd. Hannah Gamba and her friend Kaitlyn Shive
(with a lot of help from Kaitlyn’s mom, Marykate) ran the tattoo table
tattooed almost 200 kids (some more than once).
Lots of people got help with their telescopes and later some
for the night observing using their own scope for the first time.
Karen Pasco manned the Save the
Fund, Inc. table and raised about $3,500 to be matched by the generous
John Schubach’s beautiful
bench that he made to raise money for the club was a hit, the club made
$225 on the bench, a very big Thank You to John and his family for
the raffle. MaryAnn Fink and Peggi Gamba
baked items, enjoyed by many. Maryann
manned our “food concession” and did over $300 in food sales. Gene Russo helped with the solar observing
but had no sun spots to see with the white light filters or solar
but with Randy Walton’s H-Alpha telescope there was solar granulation
to see on
the TV, and looking through the telescope a nice loop prominence at the
the sun that looked like a handle.
We had about 300 people show up for
Ro Spedaliere and Jack
Buckley had set up their scopes early and handled the many people from
public that also showed up early. John
Endreson and Mauro Bacolo did not bring their telescopes so they were
help visitors set up their own scopes.
There were about 8 people that needed help, and again they were
thrilled to be observing though their own telescope.
The public left the college around 10:30 PM
and the last ASTRA members about 11:30 PM.
A very big Thank You to the 25 ASTRA members and friends that
Astronomy Day helpers that all made the day so very successful. And thank you to Sarah Waters for making it