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Saturn Watch 2012

posted Apr 16, 2012, 1:38 AM by Mike White   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 6:13 PM ]
On Saturday, 14 April, Levin Stargazers and the Levin Library co-hosted a Saturn Watch event as part of Global Astronomy Month.

The event was held in two stages - a daytime event in the library with Ron Fisher giving half-hourly Cosmodome planetarium shows, and an evening event with a free Saturn presentation from renowned Wellington astronomer, Frank Andrews, more fascinating and entertaining Cosmodome shows and free telescope viewing of Saturn (and Mars) outside the library.

Daytime attendance was perhaps a little disappointing, but the evening event was well-attended and enjoyed by many.  

We kicked off the evening with the Levin Stargazers donating a telescope to the library, which can now be borrowed from them with support from the Levin Stargazers.  The telescope donation was made possible through the efforts of, and cash donations by, many members and supporters, as well as from an Autumn Astrocamp held last year at Tatum Park.  

Following that, Frank Andrews gave an entertaining (as he always is!) and informative photo-presentation and discussion about Saturn and several of its 60+ moons.  Ron Fisher continued with the Cosmodome shows, and 3 telescopes were set up in the car park next door for viewing Saturn and Mars.  It never ceases to bring a smile to my face when we show people Saturn in a telescope for the first time - the reaction is always the same, and it is always one of awe and amazement!


Our sincere thanks to the Levin Library, and particularly their events coordinator, Deborah MacDonald, for their assistance with this event.  Also to Ron Fisher for the time and effort involved with preparing and presenting his many Cosmodome shows, and of course to the several key Stargazers supporters who continue help us run these events - people like Ron, Frank Andrews, Mike Stapel, Angela Hook, John Talbot and Glen Smith, to name a few.  Without these people, we would not be able to bring you these events!

If you did miss our Saturn event, perhaps you can join us at the Levin Adventure Park during our regular stargazing sessions, on the first Saturday of every month.  We'd love to have you there!

Clear skies,
Mike White
Levin Stargazers Coordinator