On Sept 18th, the Sidewalk Astronomers will be celebrating John's 95th birthday with a day of public astronomy at Griffith
Observatory in Los Angeles.
The event will start at 10am when the observatory opens to the public. We'll
be polishing a 16.5" mirror and constructing a mount so that we can use that new telescope to observe the Moon as part
of the International Observe the Moon Night porgram later that evening. We'll have supplies and blanks on hand so that
the public and other amateurs can try grinding and see what it takes to grind a mirror.
A booth will be set
up with "A Sidewalk Astronomer" playing and JD there to comment and expand on the information contained
in the film. Of course, we'll have several sun telescopes set up for solar observing.
Around 6:30 pm, there
will be formal congratulations and gift presentations made to John on the steps of the observatory. If you plan
on attending and have a gift you wish presented to John, please contact Donna at email@example.com
before the event so that we can make sure you get this opportunity.
As the sun sets, we'll begin observing with
many dobsonian telescopes. As of today, we have at least 9 dobs ranging for 8" to 18" confirmed and that
only includes a few of the organizers' scopes.
International Observe the Moon Night is an international project
sponsored by NASA's NLSI, LRO, and LADEE, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Astronomers Without Borders, Gemini
Observatory. the ASP and NIght Sky Network. With so many big telescopes we'll be albe to give the public amazing and
exciting views of the Moon.
Around 5pm, John will be holding a Q&A session in the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon
Theater. This will be a great opportunity for the public and local amateurs to learn about what inspired John to
the life of public service astronomy.
Because the 18th is also the date for the monthly public star
party at Griffith, the Sidewalk Astronomers will be joined by members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. They will also
have many telescopes set up for the public. Every month at Girffith, the LASA set up a large number of scopes
of all kinds, have many knowledgeable amateurs on hand to answer questions, and also have many amateur telescope makers
as members and that means this will be a really great event for the public.
Other local clubs are invited
to join us. We know this weekend is particularly busy, so if your outreach members are busy elsewhere, please send
us your printed information so that we can make it available to people from your area that are visiting the observatory.
This event is free.
Food and drinks are available at the observatory's Cafe at the End of the Universe from
10am until 9pm. No cake will be allowed so please don't bring John one (he doesn't eat it anyway).
There is parking
at the observatory, but no special parking permits will be given for this event. As with all monthly star parties,
if you pring a telescope you will be allowed to drive up and unload and then find parking. If you aren't bringing a scope,
you'll need to find parking in the lot or on the drive up to the observatory.
If you have questions, please
contact Donna at 818-599-4134 or firstname.lastname@example.org
and NOT the observatory.