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Spotlight on the Stars at library offers universe of astronomy fun Saturday

The free "Spotlight on the Stars" returns to the Prescott Public Library at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For three hours the library will be "Astronomy Central."

Visit the many stations - upstairs, downstairs, inside and outside - to learn fascinating facts about astronomy, science, math and physics. The "Ask the Astronomer" table will be open for questions.

Presented in partnership with the Prescott Astronomy Club, this is the 7th year for Spotlight on the Stars. Pick up a program at one of the entrances to know where you want to go.

Locations and activities include:



• See the shadow of the earth. Learn why eclipses happen. Learn to use a meter stick with earth and moon balls. With Dick Felgenhour.

• Learn about lunar phases. Is the moon visible during the day? What causes the moon to be full sometimes, not visible at other times and only partly visible sometimes? With Dick Lewis.

• Learn about impacts and craters. What causes craters on the moon and the planets? Why are there so few craters on earth? With Wade Richards.

Library Lawn:

• View the sun safely through a solar telescope, sun spotter, and sun-safe glasses. With M. J. Dumont and David Viscio.

Lower level parking lot:

• AIMER trailer from NASA and NAU. Visit the American Indian Mobile Educational Resources Trailer.


Welcome tables at library entrances:

• Pick up a program and a bag for your goodies, so you know what is going on at each of the stations in and around the library.

Bump Room:

• Optics bench to demonstrate light paths and focal points for reflectors and refractors. With Diane Dutkevitch.

Elsea Room:

• Video with educational kit, projector with Starry Nights software. With John Carter.

Main level hallway tables:

• Meteorite or Meteorwrong? How to identify a meteorite. With Al Safallo.

• Surviving a black hole. Using marbles, buckets and clay to demonstrate falling into a black hole, orbits and gravity (e=mc squared), and black holes. With Corinne and Jerry Shaw.

Founder's Suite:

• Educational materials for teachers and students. With Mary Lara and Kaci Heins (FUSD).

• Living and working in space. With Stacy Deveau and Embry-Riddle students.

• Project ASTRO activity. How high can you jump? Shows how high a person could jump on the moon and various planets. With Fred Arndt.

James Room:

• Stories, crafts and games for kids 5 and younger. With Prescott Public Library staff.

Youth Services Area:

• Ask an Astronomer question area. With Bill McDonald.

For more information on the Astronomy Club, go online to or call Pat Birck at 778-6324.

Check the library's online events calendar at, or call 777-1500 for more information.