Astronomy Day

May 8, 2014

Explore the wonders of the universe at Harper College’s annual Astronomy Day, a celebration of astronomy sponsored by the Physical Science Department and Northwest Suburban Astronomers. This free event will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Avanté building concourse on the College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The Karl G. Henize Observatory will open for stargazing at 7:30 p.m., but don’t let clouds keep you away. A number of interactive exhibits will give visitors both young and old a better understanding of space, from a hands-on “planisphere” that will show viewers what the sky is going to look like at any time of the year to a collection of astrophotography on display.

New to Astronomy Day this year will be a “walking tour” of the solar system with scale models of the planets stretching across campus. Harper College Astronomy instructor Kevin Cole said the territory covered will give visitors an idea of just how far apart in space the planets really are. Also on display will be a collection of amateur telescopes on loan from the Northwest Suburban Astronomers, including one handmade telescope measuring 25 inches in diameter.

“That’s a very big telescope,” Cole said.

Astronomy faculty will present lectures on a variety of topics from 6 to 8 p.m. in Building Z. Parking for the event, which has drawn as many as 800 visitors in the past, is available on the northeast side of campus in Lot 8. For more information about Harper’s Astronomy program, visit harpercollege.edu.

Press contact: Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159