Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit
Look to the stars...
The Astronomy Club has been a part of Explorit Science Center since 1987. It has no dues and anyone can join. Our members range in age from pre-school to post-retirement and in knowledge of astronomy from pre-school to post-doctorate. Our common trait is that we are amateurs (‘lovers’) of astronomy and are led to this field of science by our hearts
On eight to ten evenings a year we get together, usually at Explorit on 5th Street, to discuss topics of continuing interest, such as comets, or to prepare for an important celestial event, such as the collision of Comet Shoemaker-Levy and Jupiter in July 1994.
Stargazing is always an important part of each meeting. We also have special observing sessions for such events as eclipses and the Perseid Meteor Shower. There will be scopes brought by various members and you are encouraged to bring yours.
To become a member you should sign up for the newsletter or come to a meeting. Members receive an emailed bulletin describing the club's latest activities and plans and special attractions to observe in the sky that month.
What Does this Club Offer You?
If you have always been fascinated by the heavens or the exploration of outer space but haven't known how to start your own astronomical journey--this is the club for you. We have shown many aspiring stargazers their ‘first’ constellation, their ‘first’ double star, where the planets are and how to use a telescope. We can help you decide on the best binoculars, telescopes, computer programs and star atlases, and help you decide what you need and (more importantly don’t need) to enjoy and discover the cosmos. This club can be your ‘training wheels’ so you can finally begin exploring the universe at your own speed and in your own directions. We can even show you how your observations can be used for scientific research, if that is your goal. In short, this club aims to be a friendly ‘launch pad’ for your personal exploration of astronomy.
The Astronomy Club not only benefits its membership, but the larger goals of Explorit as well. If we can believe the box-office records held by space-oriented films, probably no science so stirs the public's imagination as much as astronomy. Working with school teachers and youth groups such as the Scouts and Campfire, the club has introduced hundreds--if not thousands--to the cosmos. Helping others to observe, communicate, reason, organize, and relate information about the sun, moon, planets and stars brings many rewards for Club volunteers. Among these rewards are: finding new friends, learning the theories, facts and processes of science, and discovering new perspectives on ourselves and the cosmos.
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