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Astronomy at the Beach: A model skygazing outreach event – Daves Universe – Astronomy.com – Online Community, Forums, Media Galleries, Blogs September 18, 2011

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Astronomy at the Beach: A model skygazing outreach event – Daves Universe – Astronomy.com – Online Community, Forums, Media Galleries, Blogs.

This blog post from Dave Eicher of Astronomy Magazine has me both preening and worrying. On the one hand, there is this quote:

Here’s a message to astronomy clubs, planetaria, and science centers around the country: pay attention to what Detroit is doing as a community. It would very much benefit you to copy the model and apply it to your city.

On the other hand, the weather wasn’t great (we actually had to cancel talks and take shelter Friday night), but we still had 1400 people over 2 days.

What will we do if the weather is actually nice??

Actually, I feel the need to point out one thing that didn’t really make it into Eicher’s blog. We could NOT have done any of this without the metroparks. They provide the park, the electricity, and concessions, and (probably most important) the security that allows us to put up tent and leave equipment in the pavilion overnight and during the day Saturday.

So my message to anyone who wants to use Astronomy at the Beach as a model, is don’t forget the real first word in the title: Kensington. We couldn’t do this without them, and finding a supportive venue is probably the most important thing you need for a successful event.

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