A Free Public Stargazing Evening 6:30-9:00 pm
6:30-7:00 pm – The “Origins of Elements” talk, presented by Kevin LeGore from Focus Astronomy Outreach, gives you the fascinating story of the most fundamental forms of matter in the universe. How these atoms are the building blocks of everything we know. From the Calcium that makes up our bones, to the Iron in our blood. And how everyday items like Copper for wiring, Carbon in charcoal for heating, and even our precious Gold, Silver and Platinum all came from the Big Bang and from Nuclear Fusion in dying stars. Kevin will be unveiling an exciting new display with many of these elements in their raw form.
7:00-9:00 pm – Stargazing with multiple telescopes, including Kevin’s Large Aperture Outreach Telescope (LAOT). This is the largest telescope dedicated to outreach in the Phoenix area and one of the top five largest telescopes in the state of Arizona for educational use. This telescope was in development for five years and made possible by donations and crowd funding from multiple donors.
The LAOT features a massive 28” (0.7-meter) primary mirror. This allows us to reach deep into the night sky and show details few other telescopes can. The best part about the LAOT is that it’s mobile, it is designed to bring a true observatory experience that we can share with you.
There will be no moon, giving us a darker night sky to view Saturn & Jupiter through the scopes. This is a fun, free, family evening welcoming all our stargazers. Bring the kids, bring a date, bring your friends and come by to enjoy some time gazing out at our solar system.