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100 Telescopes Event

  • Carthage College
September 30, 2009

In late September, students and faculty from the Carthage Physics & Astronomy Department joined members of the astronomical community across southern Wisconsin to celebrate “100 Telescopes In The Park: A Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.”

The event was held from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 25 in Greenfield Park in Milwaukee. The event’s purpose was to get fellow star- and planet-gazers together for an astronomical gathering to appreciate the night sky.

Telescopes of every kind were set up in the park, and participants were invited to bring their own telescopes as well. There were exhibits and activities for all ages, including an afternoon Telescope Clinic about how to care for and use a telescope. Participants who brought their own telescopes learned specific operating techniques.

Because 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, the astronomy organizations of Wisconsin have planned many events that are free and open to the public. “100 Telescopes In The Park” was a successful opportunity to explore space at a location close to campus.