Astronomy Day

Saturday, May 03, 2014
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Planetarium, Phillips Science Hall
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Likkel, Lauren
(715) 836-5034
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Displays, presentations, planetarium shows, rockets. Something for all ages.

Inspired by “Cosmos” or caught a glimpse of Jupiter on a recent star-filled night? You will enjoy “Astronomy Day for the Chippewa Valley” which will include displays and activities about astronomy for all ages.   The annual Astronomy Day will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday May 3, 2014 near the north entrance of Phillips Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

You can touch authentic meteorites, safely peer at sunspots, and learn where to see planets in the current night sky.  A small working radio telescope will be detecting radio emission from the sun. Other activities include hands-on displays that highlight planets, spectroscopy, magnetism and radioactivity.  There will be free short planetarium shows presentations during the event.  At 11:30am you can make a rocket from a 2-liter bottle, and at 1pm launch it using compressed air if weather permits.

Astronomy Day is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society and the L.E. Phillips Planetarium. There is free parking on weekends in University parking lots, as marked.

In the evening, Hobbs Observatory invites the public to enjoy a dark night sky and to look through telescopes from 9-11pm, weather permitting. Hobbs Observatory is located across the road from the Beaver Creek Reserve nature center 4 miles north of Fall Creek. Volunteers from the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society open the telescopes to the public every clear Saturday night from May through October.

For more information on Astronomy Day, visit or contact the UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy department at 715-836-3148.

Free parking on weekends behind Phillips Hall.

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