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    Default Outreach night in Fremont



    Night of Feb 21-22, telescopes converged upon Walters Jr. High School in Fremont for our club's first outreach event of the year. About seven of us from the Eastbay Astronomical Society began setup around 5:30 pm on the basketball courts behind the school, quite a mixture of Dobs, Schmidts, small refractors, even an old Questar set up by our host, Todd. I brought out my XT8 with 80mm RACI attached for dual views. Despite the chill air, we had a fair turnout of 7th and 8th graders, the age where interest in astronomy can really take hold. I had printed sky maps for February to hand out, also had some "student" star wheels for kids who were expecially interested.

    The six day old Luna provided a great early target, with smooth Mare Serenitatis prominent against the terminator. Some had brought out moon maps to explain the lunar features. Once it was dark enough, of course we showed off M42 the Orion Nebula, described as a stellar nursery, or "baby stars being born". Nearby me, Nate was focused on the Double Cluster of Perseus with his 12.5" homemade Dob, and Susie was showing off the pretty double star Almach with our club's XT8.

    Later I switched to M35 in Gemini, a pretty spray in my 24mm ES and a small patch in the finder. I explained they were fairly young stars, that our sun was probably born in a cluster like that. Always like to emphasize that most amazing basic fact of astronomy, "Our sun is a star like one of those", or "Those stars are suns like ours, very far away". Also turned to the Pleiades for a while, rather near the moon.

    One young fellow wondered where the Milky Way was. I explained it wasn't really visible because of the bright suburban lights, and anyway it's much better on summer evenings when we are facing the center of the galaxy. He asked about other galaxies, so I showed him M31 in Andromeda, the closest large galaxy to us. He was glad to get a star wheel.

    For some reason, another kid was real keen to see Betelgeuse in the scope. "Wow, that's so bright and orange!" So I also pointed at Rigel for him, partly for the color difference and so he could see the faint companion star, riding on top. Another star wheel changed hands, and he went over to Susie to look at Almach.

    By 8:00 pm we had lost most of our customers, but the astronomers continued on. I was pointing out Mira with my laser, getting lower in the sky these days but hanging on to naked eye visibility. I estimated mag 3.7, finally starting to dim from peak brightness. That got me tracking down my other variables, as I had brought out my charts and atlas. Compared to 16 days earlier, V Cas had dimmed from 8.6 to 9.5 mag, S CMi brightened from 9.8 to 9.0, R LMi brightened from 11.3 to 11.0, and R Leo brightened from 8.3 to 7.7.

    We have two more events planned for next month, at schools in Alamo and Orinda. Nothing like inspiring young minds!
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    Default Re: Outreach night in Fremont

    Wonderful outreach, Ray! Loads of fun for both astronomers and astronomees.

    Well done all the way 'round.
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    Default Re: Outreach night in Fremont

    Great job, Ray!

    We're so used to seeing bright stars as mere starting point to our starhopping that it's easy to forget how beautiful they are in their own right. Especially in a dob, where the diffraction spikes make them look like the Christmas Star. Betelgeuse is a particularly nice one to point out because of the name (everyone thinks of the movie Beetlejuice), its obvious orange color, its large size, and there's even a possibility (albeit a small one) that it could go supernova within our lifetime.
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    Default Re: Outreach night in Fremont

    A great out reach.
    I wonder how many of the students will take up astronomy as a hobby or profession as a result of your effort.
    Thank you for sharing your evening.
    Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Outreach night in Fremont

    Great Outreach, Ray! Sounds like you had a few that had more than a passing interest Always good to see!!

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    Default Re: Outreach night in Fremont

    Well done Ray. I wonder if the curiosity about Betelgeuse was sparked by the frequent speculation on the internet that it is ready to pop its cork? There is always someone spouting off that its gonna go this week or the next.
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    Thanks for the report Ray and an excellent evening of outreach.
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