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Blue Sky Meadow Outreach, July 6th, 13th and 20th, 2009

July 22, 2009 by  
Filed under News, Outreaches

dsc_00052During the month of July, Team MBS participated at an astronomy outreach at Blue Sky Meadow, a camp used by the Los Angeles School District.  This camp is nestled in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, just a couple of miles from Onyx Summit at a little over 8000ft.

Every year, Team MBS participates in a couple dozen outreaches in the Southern Orange County area but this was the first ever joint venture outreach with members from the Orange County Astronomers, Riverside Astronomical Society and the Big Bear Valley Astronomical Society.  Fortunately, this was neutral territory so no OCA/RAS/BBVAS gang wars ensued with the use of our green pointing lasers.  Leading the way was John Day from the BBVAS, who brought along his home made Dobsonian.  John won an award at RTMC for this scope (the white one) which can be seen in the picture to the left.  He also kicked off each viewing session with an exciting presentation!

Each week there was a new group of 90 excited kids waiting to check out the night sky.  Saturn was a big hit, along with globular clusters and double stars.  We were able to see a lot of constellations with the naked eye, as well as the milky way and even some meteors which drew a lot of oohs and ahhs.  The International Space Station flew over us on the 6th towards the end of the viewing session.

July 20th was the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  In addition to the scopes, there was a meteorite presentation and exhibit, and even some prizes were given away for those that stuck around to learn more about astronomy.  Usually, most groups get excited when binoculars are given away as prizes but this group (both kids and adults alike) went absolutely wild for the half eaten bag of frosted animal crackers…maybe it was the thin air.

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One Response to “Blue Sky Meadow Outreach, July 6th, 13th and 20th, 2009”
  1. It was such a privilege to have you work with our Summer Science Camp kids at Blue Sky Meadow. All were from urban and economically disadvantaged areas and few had ever excperienced a dark sky. We hope you will consider us a partner, and we welcome your involvement in our year-round programs (elementary-high school, with college students coming soon).

    We hope to expand our astronomy capabilities and outreach. This includes, but is not limited to, being a “home” for a local/regional club or event, hosting star parties, offering special programs for students and families, and securing equipment. I’m happy to talk with anyone who is willing to work with us to expand horizons! Thank you for all you have done for us, and for keeping our gaze upward.

    Madeline Hall, Director
    Los Angeles County Education Foundation (LACEF)
    (nonprofit owner and operator of Blue Sky Meadow)
    562-940-1602

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