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  • Predicted Rain Moves “Go Wild For Astronomy!” Festival Indoors At DSU On April 26th
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    Published - 04/25/14 - 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    Stars of a planet and galaxy in a free space
    Stars of a planet and galaxy in a free space
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - The “Go Wild For Astronomy!” Festival will change venues slightly to move indoors to the Student Activity Center (old Gymnasium building) at Dixie State University. Weather forecasts are calling for a 90% chance of precipitation on Saturday April 26. The event to celebrate National Park Week, National Junior Ranger Day and Dark Sky Awareness Week will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run through 1:00 p.m. Only minor adjustments were made to the scheduled activities.

    9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Activities at the “Go Wild for Astronomy!” festival

    Telescopes 101 - The Dixie State University Astronomy Club will help participants learn the basics of how to set up and use telescopes.

    Don’t Light Up the Night Sky - Night sky friendly lighting displays show practical cost efficient ways each of us can take to save energy and make a dramatic difference in the darkness of our night sky.

    Moon Dance - Learn about the changing phases of the moon and how to predict the number of days until the next full or new moon.

    Planisphere Predictions - Make a planisphere (star wheel) and learn how to predict where and when your favorite constellation can be discovered in the sky.

    Nocturnal Creatures - Learn why dark night sky is so important for certain animals to survive.

    Planet Mnemonic - Learn a fun way for remembering the order of the planets in our solar system.

    Step Into the Solar System - Take a planet walk and learn about the planets in our solar system and their distance from the sun.

    Meteor Mania - Touch a meteorite and learn about how they are made and reach the earth’s surface.

    A Star is Born - Just like plants and animals, stars have life cycles. Come find out the life cycle of a star including protostars, nebulas, blackholes and supernovae.

    Starry Starry Night - Bryce Canyon National Park Rangers will set up a mobile star lab that will allow viewing of planets and constellations under a domed tent.

    How Light Affects the Night - International Dark Sky Association night sky education exhibit focuses on the myths of nighttime lighting, security and safety, and the effects light pollution has on the environment.

    10:00 Presentation of Parashant International Night Sky Province Designation

    Welcome, opening remarks, International Dark Sky Association certification and Tyler Nordgren art poster unveiling.

    11:00 A Southern Paiute Sky Story - Why the Moon Paints Her Face Black

    Reading and signing of the award winning children's book will be led by Eleanor Tom and Chloe Valentine Brent. Books and Nordgren art posters will be available for sale at Dixie Arizona Strip Interpretive Association table.

    12:00 Junior Astronomer Pledge Ceremony and Presentation of Badges

    Participate in astronomy activities to get pledged in and earn a badge.

    Directions to the Dixie State University Student Activity Center (old Gymnasium Building): From I-15 St. George Blvd exit head west to 700 East. Turn south on 700 East and follow to the parking lot on the left, just before reaching 300 South.

    For more information see nps.gov/para or call 435-688-3377 or 3298.

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