Saturday, June 13, 2015 Plutopalooza Learn about plutoids, dwarf planets and trans-neptunian objects, why Pluto is no longer a planet and discuss what you can do about it! Get the latest update from the New Horizon's spacecraft and decade-long mission to Pluto as the world readies for NASA's historic July 14 system fly-by and the richest photo album of Pluto and its moons, ever! You will be ready! Software Demonstration and Tutorial: NASA Eyes on the Solar System - We'll look at the New Horizon's Mission and other views of our solar system neighborhood and its exploration through the platform of this powerful, free tool that you can download from NASA and use at home or on-the-go with your mobile devices.
Bringing Astronomy to the Public - Young Astronomers Program
This year NJAA is planning to offer a Young Astronomers program on the second or third Saturday of the month, from May through October. These events will kick off at 6:30pm and will run until approximately 8:00pm. These events may or may not include some kind of presentation, but the focus will always be 'hands on' learning. The events will be facilitated and staffed by Youth Committee members.
New Jersey Astronomical Association
The Paul Robinson Observatory
Buzz Aldrin Astronomical Center
Observatory Road - Voorhees State Park
P.O. Box 214
High Bridge, New Jersey 08829-0214
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Amazing Size! Amazing Scale!
Our activities and exercises will reveal the true size and scale of our place in space!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
A Walk with Galileo - Moons of Jupiter and the New Horizons Juno Mission
Follow in the great astronomer's footsteps as we make night-by-night observations of Jupiter and its largest moons. Will you come to the same startling conclusions as Galileo did in the early 1600's?? Let's head out to the gas giants with the newest New Horizon's Juno mission visiting Jupiter, the king of planets this summer. We'll share in the first findings and fresh photos!
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Our Magnetic Sun
We'll tour the Sun, tap into a multi-media NASA "toolkit", energy-web and other tactile experiences to learn more about our closest starry neighbor. Why do we experience the seasons throughout the year and what causes eclipses? Weather permitting, we'll use specialized telescopes and filters to safely observe the Sun for any solar prominences or sunspots. Each family will take home a pair of eclipse-observing glasses.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
International Observe the Moon Night
We'll join hundreds of other sites around the world to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night. A virtual tour with close-up pictures from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and other Moon missions as well as visits to the Apollo landing sites will begin our evening. What kind of cooperation would it take for us to have a successful mission to the Moon? With hope, the skies will cooperate and we'll focus NJAA club telescopes at our nearest neighbor and enjoy a beautiful first quarter moon.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Star Above, Earth Below
Isn't it time you were more familiar with the night sky? Share familiar asterisms, constellations and guide stars above. Navigation by the stars, legends and fables of many and how to locate them in the night sky for stellar family enjoyment are some of the topics we have in store. Make and take home a planisphere or star wheel that will help you and your family find your way in the night sky all year long from your own back yard. Then, let's all plan to go outside and OBSERVE! Bring hats, gloves and scarves - it might be cold!
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Light! Optics! Telescopes!
Through simple activities with lenses we'll learn the basis of light and optics and how different types of telescopes create the images for us that they do.
We will have a small inventory of Galileoscopes to build also. Learn about skyglow, light pollution and protecting our dark skies!