Tuesday, June 13, 2006

[FOTHP] Teacher's Workshop

Friends of the Hudnall Planetarium,

If you are a teacher for K-8 grades, then we want to make you aware of our Teacher Workshop at the Hudnall Planetarium. The six-hour Astronomy Workshop will take place at Hudnall Planetarium on the TJC main campus on June 30, 2006 beginning at 8:00 am. The workshop will involve TEKS-aligned, inquiry-based activities designed to teach astronomy concepts. Emphasis will be on practical exercises, activities, demonstrations and resources that educators can incorporate directly into their classrooms. Topics include: Patterns & Cycles in the Nighttime sky, Earth's Seasons, Characteristics of the Sun, The Lunar and Moon Cycles, and The Solar System. This workshop is presented through the Region 7 Educational Service Center and qualifies as professional development.

You can register for the workshop through the ESC Region 7 website at: http://www.esc7.net .

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[FOTHP] Planetary Conjunction Update

Friends of the Hudnall Planetarium,

These days a lot of us are too busy to look up and enjoy the beauty of the heavens above. We don't realize that there are star-like objects that wander about somewhat erratically over our heads among the real stars. The ancient Greeks knew about them and called them wanderers. Today we call them "planets" which is Greek for "wanderer."

This week we have the opportunity to easily view several planets in the nighttime sky.

In the western sky at dusk, just when it is beginning to get dark, you can see a planetary conjunction. A conjunction is a gathering of celestial objects in the same part of the sky. In this case, the planet Saturn and Mars appear near each other. I say "appear" because Saturn and Mars are actually very far apart, more than 700 million miles. Nevertheless, the appearance of Saturn and Mars together is a beautiful sight.

What makes this planetary conjunction more beautiful is what lies nearby. You can't see it with your unaided eye, but with a pair of binoculars you can easily see the Beehive Cluster nearby. This is an Open Cluster of young stars that is very far away, and on June 15th Mars passes in front of the cluster. On June 17th Mars and Jupiter will be only half a degree (about the diameter of the full moon) apart. After the 17th, the planets will move farther apart and appear lower in the sky each night until they disappear in the glow of the sun.

After you've enjoyed Saturn, Mars, and the Beehive, turn your head to the left and look in the southern sky. You can see Jupiter, the solar system's largest planet, as a bright star-like object high in the south. If you use your pair of binoculars on Jupiter, you can see one of more of the four largest moons of Jupiter-the Galilean satellites.

Upcoming events at the planetarium
June 30, 8:00am-4:00pm, Workshop for K-8 Science Teachers
July 8 & 9, 2:00pm, "More Than Meets the Eye" planetarium show

For more information, contact the Hudnall Planetarium at 903-510-2312 or visit the planetarium website at http://planetarium.tjc.edu.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

[FOTHP] Public Show, June 10 & 11, "More Than Meets The Eye"

Friends of the Hudnall Planetarium,

This Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11 at 2:00 pm, Tyler Junior College's Hudnall Planetarium will feature the public presentation of "More Than Meets the Eye", a planetarium show that describes the joys of night sky observing using the unaided eye, binoculars, and small telescopes.

"More Than Meets the Eye" is the perfect show if you consider yourself a stargazer. Constellations, planets, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies all appear differently depending upon if you view with the unaided eye, or with binoculars, or with a telescope. This show proves that backyard astronomy can be enjoyable and simple. You will quickly discover that there is a lot more to the night sky than meets the eye.

Admission costs to "More Than Meets the Eye" are $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door one-half hour before each showing. No seating is allowed after the show begins. For more information about the Hudnall Planetarium, call 903-510-2312 or visit the planetarium website at http://planetarium.tjc.edu. Hudnall Planetarium is located on the main campus of Tyler Junior College near the intersection of Mahon Avenue and Lake Street.

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