Astronomy Day at Wilderness Center- Stark County
Mark your calendars for May 7, 2022, for Astronomy Day at the Wilderness Center! We will be celebrating the successful launch and commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope. Launched on December 18, 2021, and located about one million miles from Earth, Webb will be the premier space telescope of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own solar system. Webb’s first images are expected by late June or early July.
Activities will be in the Interpretive Building and TWC Observatory from 12:00pm to 4:30PM and after 4:30pm in the TWC Planetarium and Observatory. The day will be fun for the entire family, come for one activity or all.
There will be telescope displays and children’s activities including making a galaxy pinwheel, telescope coloring pages, and building a paper model of the James Webb Space Telescope. You can join Terri Brest, one of our Educational Specialists, for Story Time. Terri will be reading the book “Hello, Star.” It is a wonderful fictional story about a girl who learns about supernovas and grows up to study space science and become an astronaut. Astronomy Club members will be sharing everything they know about telescopes. Their display will have several different types of telescopes and many hands-on items to help explain how telescopes work. Robin Gill our Astronomy Education Specialist and Dark-Sky Initiative project lead will share how to make your home dark-sky friendly. In the planetarium we will show “Two Pieces of Glass” where we learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and our understanding of the universe. Throughout the day there will be solar observing at the TWC Observatory and we will round out the day’s activities in the observatory exploring the night sky above TWC.