Free Student Astronomy Day! – Saturday, April 29

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 28, 2017 / comments

[Dina Gentry]

Members of the community are invited to enjoy the 2nd Annual Student Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 29, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Community Observatory in Placerville. Attendees will see the moon and Jupiter through various telescopes, view galaxies with an infinity camera, see the sun safely through solar scopes, join CSUS Physics Department students in interactive physics experiments, participate in the debut of a Harry Potter Night Sky Tour, enter a kid’s coloring contest, and more! 

The Community Observatory is also partnering with El Dorado County schools and students to host a Student Science Fair, which will showcase student knowledge of space and space-related sciences. Kindergarten through 8th-grade students will display a variety of entries including written works posters (poems, reports, creative writing), pieces of art, science experiments, and more.

-- Picture: At a past Astronomy Day, Community Observatory docent Olen Whitson answers questions as children eagerly wait to view the sky. Photograph courtesy of Steph Gabler Photography.

Complete event information:

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Community Observatory - 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, CA 95667

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Student Astronomy Science Fair
See and touch a real meteorite! 
Interactive physics experiments with CSUS students
Kids: Obtain a Coloring Contest form and enter to win prizes

9:00 p.m.
Debut of the Harry Potter Night Sky Tour (weather permitting)

6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Solar viewing (weather permitting)
Jupiter, Galaxy, and Nebulae viewing (weather permitting)
Infinity camera photos of deep space objects

The Cameron Park Rotary Club, Folsom Lake College, and the El Dorado County Office of Education partner to make this educational experience possible. This event is free and open to the public. Prepare to be amazed!

For more information about the Community Observatory, visit