May 10th- Skywatch Night with Lasers

Host: Don Freeburn, former NASA Engineer for Apollo Missions

“The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited.“ 

Neil Armstrong

This event will be guest hosted by Don Freeburn, a former NASA engineer, worked on the Apollo Program in the 1960s and 1970s. Where else can you spend an evening with the stars, lasers and a man who knew Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin?

Mr. F. Don Freeburn, is a retired propulsion systems NASA engineer. Mr. Freeburn worked on a number of iconic space programs, including the Apollo missions which sent the first humans in history to the Moon. He promises to bring his amazing collection of artifacts from his time at NASA. Mr. Freeburn will be presenting in White Oak Hall at Fort Roberdeau and taking questions from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Weather permitting, we will theNen head down to the Mt. Lion Observatory where Mr. Tom Kasner from the Starlight Astronomy Club of Altoona will show guests our observatory improvements and treat them to objects of the spring sky with our wonderful telescope.

Mr. Jim Krug will be outside the observatory leading guests through naked eye exploration of the sky with lasers. The first 20 adult guests can buy their own lasers to take home with them. **The lasers will only be available if the clouds part and we are treated to a good night of seeing, so that we can actually use them. Otherwise, we will hold them until our next event.

Some of the best night sky exploration is done with your own two eyes and bright lasers are invaluable in directing your guests attentions to specific spots above. Participants will learn the does and don’ts of safe astronomy laser use, identify easy to find patterns in the sky, and keep their laser at evening’s end for future backyard astronomy sessions of their own!t.

Admission: $1 per guest plus $9 per laser.

Time: Talk from 7pm-8pm, followed by an evening with the stars, weather permitting. 8pm – 11pm

MegaFun tickets for other weekend events will be on sale for $10.

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