KINGSPORT – On Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 12:30 until 10:00 p.m., Bays Mountain Park and the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club will celebrate the International Day of Astronomy with free presentations, displays and activities for the entire public. Rain or shine, visitors can spend an exciting and informative day at Bays Mountain Park where they can learn about the science and hobby of astronomy. All non-planetarium astronomy-related activities are free and are perfect fun for the entire family! Weather permitting; the club will also be hosting daytime viewing of the sun and nighttime viewing of Jupiter, Venus, and much more!
On the walkway in front of the Nature Center from noon until 4:30 p.m., there will be displays and presentations where visitors can learn about astronomy, telescopes, radio astronomy, careers and education in astronomy.‚ An extended session of our SunWatch program will occur from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Bays Mountain Observatories. Visitors will be able to safely observe sunspots and other features of the Sun through specially filtered high-powered telescopes (weather permitting.)
The evenings activities will begin at 8:00 p.m. with spectacular views of celestial delights awaiting at the Parks StarWatch program. Savor a wonderful view of Jupiter and its four moons, be awe-struck by the distance to galaxies, and feel like youre flying low over the moon.‚ These views and more will be seen with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Clubs telescopes at our Observatory. A live presentation about what is up in the night sky will take place in the Planetarium if the weather does not cooperate.
Planetarium show tickets are $4.00 per person.‚ All non-planetarium Astronomy Day-related activities are free and are perfect fun for the entire family!
Schedule of Events
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Displays, Demonstrations & Information (free!): Walkway in front of Nature Center (inside Nature Center, if raining.)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Solar Viewing (free!): ‚ Observatory.
Thrill at viewing different layers of the Sun up close and in great detail. Safely see sunspots and prominences. Weather dependent.
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Nighttime Viewing (free!): ‚ Observatory.
Spectacular views of celestial delights await you with the Bays Mountain Astronomy Clubs telescopes. Savor a wonderful view of the colorful bands of Jupiter and its four largest moons, feel like youre flying low over the moon, and be awe-struck by the distance to galaxies. These views and more will be seen at our Observatory. A live presentation about what is up in the night sky will take place in the Planetarium, if the weather does not cooperate.