Bicycle Astronomy Tonight!

The Bicycle Astronomer will be at Jefferson Street Park at 9pm tonight (Monday, August 5th), assuming the skies stay mostly clear. Final weather call will be at 8pm, so check here or Bicycle Astronomy Workshop on facebook.

We should have a pretty dark, moonless sky tonight; and Saturn, the season’s prominent planet, is setting pretty early, so that means we’ll be concentrating on stuff outside our solar system…star clusters, planetary nebulae (which don’t much to do with planets), nebulae, and galaxies. Tonight’s story will be about distance, time and the structure of the universe, with a little star lore thrown in.

The grass might be a little dewey and the air might be a little chilly. Dress accordingly.

The first 6 participants who walk or bike to the star party will get a Bicycle Astronomy patch!

At the last Bicycle Astronomy star party, local photographer Greg Searles took some great photographs. Here’s two:

Doug Reilly shows people the wonders of the universe behind the cargo bicycle that carries the astronomer and all his gear. (c) Greg Searles

Doug Reilly shows people the wonders of the universe behind the cargo bicycle that carries the astronomer and all his gear. (c) Greg Searles

HWS physics professor Josh Nollenberg at his equatorially mounted reflecting telescope, which compensates for earth's rotation. Josh was demonstrating some basic DSLR astrophotography.

HWS physics professor Josh Nollenberg at his equatorially mounted reflecting telescope, which compensates for earth’s rotation. Josh was demonstrating some basic DSLR astrophotography. (c) Greg Searles

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