Science Heads Executive Director, Richard Stember, gave a talk on the upcoming solar eclipse at the Mission Viejo Library in front of an audience of more than 70 people. The talk was well received, and Richard got many compliments from those attending.
Science Heads volunteers and board members held an event at the library afterward, focused on solar science and eclipse viewing. We really appreciated the interest, and the opportunity to answer many questions about the sun and the solar eclipse on August 21st.
Be sure to tune in to NASA TV for live coverage of the eclipse, including a broadcast of the eclipse’s progress from inside our mobile observatory! Richard will be driving the observatory to Idaho Falls, where he will connect our solar telescope to a live video feed.
Eclipse art project for the day, using chalk to make a solar corona.
Michal demonstrates a solar eclipse.
Amy makes pinhole eclipse viewers.
Kiwanis International Magazine’s August 2017 issue features an article on our Mobile Observatory. Including photos from our April ribbon cutting event, the article highlights the support of the Mission Viejo Kiwanis club, who sponsored the construction of the Mobile Observatory.
A big thank you to the Lake Forest Girl Scouts for inviting us to their day camp at Irvine Lake! It was great talking to the Scouts of all ages. They asked great questions and would make excellent astronomers or other scientists.
Our crew spent the afternoon showing the Sun to the Scouts, and talking about the upcoming Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st!
After a break for dinner, and after it got dark, we and the OC Astronomers opened up the ‘scopes for nighttime viewing of Jupiter and Saturn.
Science Heads celebrates the Fourth of July by showing off our (freshly washed!) mobile observatory in the Lake Forest parade.
We had a great time today, waving, walking, and handing out over 1000 pairs of solar viewing glasses. Lake Forest is so enthusiastic for the eclipse that we ran out of glasses only part of the way down Lake Forest Drive. Sorry to have missed the rest of you, but if you’d still like a pair, ours were made by Rainbow Symphony in Reseda, are thoroughly certified as safe for sun viewing, and are only $1.95 in small quantities. NASA has a page with more information on finding quality sun viewing glasses and tips on safe sun viewing.
Finally, a huge thank you to our board members and super volunteers out walking the streets of Lake Forest on this very warm Independence Day!
Science Heads board members gather before the parade.
Brad in the driver’s seat
Waiting for our turn to march!
James and Richard before the parade
All our attending board members and volunteers (except Linda, who took this picture!) after the parade.
We will add more pictures as they come in…
The night was mostly cloudy at the Halecrest Swim and Tennis Club, but we were still able to offer some looks at the moon and Jupiter as they emerged briefly from the clouds.
Meanwhile, in the mobile observatory, we were giving 3D tours of the solar system on the MOBS computer screens.
Gathered around the campfire at Halecrest Swim and Tennis Club
Family getting a virtual tour of the solar system inside the mobile observatory.
At the Nix Nature Center off Laguna Canyon Road we had a night viewing event with some of the OC Astronomers. A June marine layer clouded us out again, but we had 50 or so who visited our virtual solar system tour.
Thank you to the park visitors, volunteers, and staff for a fun evening! We’ll be back on October 28th for View the Moon night!
A beautifully clear night in June at last! Our first time setting up the Mobile Observatory on grass had its challenges, but the night sky was worth it.
We had the solar system tour going at the back of the trailer for the group waiting to look through the telescope. For most of the night we were looking at Jupiter, which was spectacularly clear. Late in the evening Saturn got high enough in the sky that we could switch over and get a nice look at the rings.
We had a blast at the Linda Vista camp out (delicious tacos, as well!) Students were trying their hand at the lever demonstration, the impact crater tub, blood tub, and several other stations that we set up before sunset.
We got mostly clouded out for star viewing this week as well, but got to show Jupiter to about 20 of the campers, and did our virtual tour of the solar system with the rest.
Linda Vista Camping
Tight Fit for the Mobile Observatory
Parked MOBS at Linda Vista
Activity Stations at Linda Vista
Wow, this was such a busy day! A NASA video crew came out to videotape our operation with several classes of Del Cerro students visiting the mobile observatory. Then we stayed for the camp-out at night.
The weather didn’t cooperate for star watching, but we did have the simulated solar system tour operating in the observatory, and several science and craft stations to entertain and educate.
We didn’t take pictures, but here’s an interview that Richard Stember did last month!
The sky was clear and full of planets and stars to look at, for our public outreach tonight. We joined the OC Astronomers for this event, and everyone had a great time, including the camp rangers.
OC Astronomers at San Mateo
Telescope in the moble observatory
Mobile observatory displays