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100 Hours of Astronomy!

Be part of the largest event taking place in the world this year to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy – celebrations are taking place worldwide from 2-5 April with 100 Hours of Astronomy – a 100 hour, round-the-clock, round-the-globe event. And it’s all starting here in Wellington! The Wellington Astronomical Society and Wellington City Libraries invite you to join in and look through telescopes, be part of live webcasts to the world and enjoy music performances.

What’s happening?
Now through until 18 April – astronomy exhibition first floor, Central Library. See two of the oldest telescopes in New Zealand – don’t miss them, they are fascinating to see!

Wednesday 1 April, 12am – Sunday 5 April, 12am – Three ‘Scapes – Ranginui an audiovisual installation of the sky by artist Paul Moss – projected onto the front window of the library on Victoria Street

Friday 3 April, 7pm – a special astronomy themed Stories@7 session at Central Library (for children 7yrs and older)

Saturday 4 April, 10am-10pm – 100 Hours of Astronomy, 24hr Global Star Party – 12 hours of music in Civic Square with the global star party starting here in Wellington at 7pm (then it continues around the world). You can be one of a million people looking through telescopes during this worldwide event! Local astronomers share their knowledge and passion for discovery. And weather permitting you will see the rings of Saturn and moon craters along with other fascinating sights in the night sky. (organiser Paul Moss in association with Wellington Astronomical Society and WCL)

Sunday 5 April, 12pm-5pm – SunDay in Civic Square – another chance to look through telescopes and ask astronomical questions of local astronomers

Come along and see the events – there’s something for everyone.

1. Mike Whipps - March 31, 2009

Please, please, please quote times clearly. What time is 12am? Do you mean 12 noon, or 12 midnight? The astronomy event has items starting at 12am and 12pm, and one item starts at 12am one day and runs to 12am another. Given that astronomy is a night time activity, a start time of 12 midnight is quite reasonable, and 12am or 12pm is not at all clear.

2. rebecca - April 2, 2009

Hi Mike

Thanks for dropping us a line and apologies for any confusion re the times – 12am is intended here as midnight.

We officially started showing the Three ‘Scapes – Ranginui video installation at midnight last night and it will officially run until midnight on Sunday night. The observing on Sunday 5th begins at 12noon.

Hope that helps – and hopefully we’ll be seeing you during the events in Civic Square this weekend too.

Cheers
Rebecca

3. Steve - April 2, 2009

the rule of English usage is that 12am is midnight and 12pm is noon. The difficulty I have with the usage is remembering that “12am Sunday” means midnight on Saturday night not midnight on Sunday night which some readers might reflexively assume.

4. Roland - April 3, 2009

Confusion over times can be easily avoided by adhering to the 24-hour clock, which is commonly used internationally.

Example:
midnight = 00:00
noon = 12:00

Best of success with your astronomy programme.
Roland

5. Dave - April 6, 2009

My children and I loved the telescopes at Civic Square on Saturday. What a great idea. But who thought that having REALLY LOUD music just 10m away was a good idea ?

The astronomers had to shout over the music to help us use the telescopes and understand what we were seeing. I felt it showed a great deal of disrespect to the people who had volunteered their telescopes and their time to help at the event.

The DJ dance-party thing was just totally out of place.

I hope that the astronomy event happens again, but without the music.

Cheers.

6. rebecca - April 6, 2009

Hi Dave

Great to hear that you and your children loved the telescopes on Saturday in Civic Square – we believe about 1,000 people joined us throughout the day to have a look and we were thrilled with the interest from everyone.

The music performances were arranged by a fellow astronomer and it’s the first time this arrangement was tried in this setting. As always with such events there are things to be learnt and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts.

We are currently busily planning our next astronomy events and more information will be coming out very soon – do keep an eye on this blog for further details.

Many thanks
Rebecca


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