PRESCOTT - The Prescott Astronomy Club is sponsoring a special series of free "Spotlight on the Stars" events this week in celebration of International Astronomy Week and the International Year of Astronomy.
All the events take place at the Prescott Public Library, corner of Goodwin and Marina, unless otherwise noted.
The library also has a special "Visions of the Universe" national traveling exhibit on display. It is the only place this exhibit will be on display in Arizona. Following is a calendar:
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
3:30-4:30 p.m. in Founders Suite - "400 Years of the Telescope: A Journey through Science, Technology & Thought" on the big screen.
7-9 p.m. - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University observatory open house, meet at the Davis Learning Center (main entrance-follow the signs), and ERAU students present the NASA Educator Resource Center hands-on astronomy activities and telescopes.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
1-4 p.m. - After-School Star Party in Elsea Room with Northern Arizona University's "Astro-Guy" Ed Anderson. Search for signals from outer space. Sign up for a spot, or come on the half hour between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Also, Astronomy Game Day in the Bump Room with Night Sky Monopoly, Mars 2020, Planet Quest and game drawing. Founders Suite features solar system activities with 2009 NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Stacy DeVeau, Marilyn Unruh's Night Sky Magic Trunk and Project Astro, John Carter's "Take-Apart Telescope," "Ask the Astronomer," and star cookies and lemonade complements of Pangaea Bakery.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
6:30-8 p.m. - "Development of Astronomy in the Ancestral Southwest" in Founders Suite.
View from Wupatki, Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon national parks with Bryan Bates, author, National Geography tour guide and co-chair on Archaeoastronomy Peru 2010. Also, "Viewing the Sky through Past and Present Cultures" book sale and signing.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
10-11 a.m. in Founders Suite - Local club member Leon Corcoran offers 3-D space tour on the big screen with "NASA/JPL Missions to Mars, Planets & their Moons," 3-D glasses provided, followed by discussion time 11-noon.
10 a.m. to noon in Elsea/Bump rooms - Sixth Annual "Come & Go" teachers workshop called "Living and Working in Space" with NASA Resource Educator Center's Stacy DeVeau. Also "Quiet Skies" radio frequency interference exhibit and Astronomy Educator prizes.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. in courtyard - Play scientist with NAU's Astro-Guy Ed Anderson. Can they hear you scream in space? Also Body Spinners, Human Gyroscopes and Smoking Comets. Safely see broiling sun surface and eruptions. Also Van de Graph Generator, Project Astro, Ask the Astronomer booth.
10-noon in James Room - Star Party for the little ones.