Archive for Saturday, March 27, 2010

Library to explore ‘easy star gazing’

March 27, 2010


Enjoying the night sky doesn’t require a degree in astrophysics. Nor any real expertise.

But Paul Verhage, a science teacher at Washburn Institute of Technology in Topeka, said people mistakenly equate stargazing with something much more complex than it really is.

At 7 p.m. Monday, he will present “Easy Star Gazing” at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Verhage, who will offer tips and advice, said it is easy to see many constellations, meteors and other night sky features with just the naked eye or a pair of binoculars.

He’s hoping more people will spend time enjoying what the sky has to offer. “We used to live in a world without TV, when people would tell stories about the stars,” he said. “We kind of lost that.”

Washburn Tech is affiliated with Washburn University.


sad_lawrencian 8 years, 2 months ago

Is there a public observatory anywhere in Douglas County?

GardenMomma 8 years, 2 months ago

Perhaps KU or Washburn? I know Washburn often has public viewing nights, usually when there's something out-of-the-ordinary going on, like a meteor shower or eclipse.

Graczyk 8 years, 2 months ago

Step 1. Wait until it's dark. Step 2. Go outside. Step 3. Look up.

Just kidding. Sounds cool.

levicircle2 8 years, 2 months ago

It's not "right next door", but there's a good observatory just southwest of Topeka that has scheduled public observing nights. You can read about Farpoint Observatory, and check the public observing schedule here:

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