ASTROFEST returns in May! Why in May? Let me tell you a secret: because finally, after so many months of cold, rain, fog, cold water on the hot water pipe, alpha, beta, delta, Omicron, Christmas, Easter and all sorts of black spots and sporadic releases to fish, summer is coming! Summer is coming and this is marked annually by the great global holiday called “Astronomy Day“.
What better occasion to organize a memorable ASTROFEST 2022, even on May 7, on a Saturday, Astronomy Day ?!
And a second reason, which I did not keep secret, such as the coming of summer. Every year, in May, we celebrate an exceptional event of Romanian astronautics and science: the space flight of the only Romanian cosmonaut, General Dumitru Dorin Prunariu. Yes, the special guest of ASTROFEST 2022 is our great, unique, Dorin Prunariu, whom you will have the chance to ask how he was in orbit, what scientific experiments he did in space and how many more, related to the long awaited tourism space.
WHAT ELSE WILL HAPPEN AT ASTROFEST 2022?
First of all, we are preparing with 20-25 professional telescopes to observe the sky. We will first see the lunar craters in detail, star clusters, double stars, multiple stars, red, blue, yellow and, why not, green! One of them is more special and will be used during the day.
We have a solar telescope, so come to the area of telescopes during the day, because the observations at the Sun are sometimes more interesting than all the other astro observations. Here we will be helped by our traditional collaborators: the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, the Bucharest Astroclub and a plethora of amateur astronomers who come to spread the “virus” of astronomy since the beginning of this festival that has become a tradition in Bucharest.
Our friend Daniel Berteșteanu, the vice-president of the Bucharest Astroclub, told us what they have prepared for this year. The Bucharest Astroclub will participate with “heavy artillery”, ie with the largest and most efficient instruments in the endowment. Astronomical instruments, telescopes, sunglasses and binoculars will be available to the general public, under the guidance of our colleagues, who will provide answers to specialized questions and explanations to all curious.
During the day, the spots, filaments and protuberances on the surface of the solar disk will be visible through a Lunt sunglasses, in the wavelength of alpha hydrogen. Solar and white light observations will also be made with special protection filters mounted on large telescopes.
As evening falls, our guests will be invited to the telescope eyepieces to travel with us on the celestial disk, as well as to other celestial objects present in the firmament that evening. We will embark on a trip to the moon from the Sea of Fertility and pass through the Sea of Nectar, where we will observe the terraces of Theophilus crater and the central peaks 1400 meters high. We will then enter the Sea of Peace, where we will see the region where the Apollo 11 space mission took the first humans to the moon in 1969, opening an important chapter in the knowledge of our natural satellite and the exploration of outer space.
We will then head to Pliny’s crater and, crossing the Sea of Serenity, we will reach the Atlas crater, formed 3 billion years ago. In addition to astronomical observations, our members will also conduct astronomical-themed workshops: microscopic observations of meteorite fragments, collimation demonstrations of Newtonian telescopes, and experimental workshops through which visitors will be able to observe the continuous and emitting spectra of light sources, such as is performed in stellar spectroscopy, which can find out the chemical composition of some celestial bodies.
Children are also welcome at the Astroclub’s standsfor which the colleagues from the Junior Astroclub have thought of a series of age-appropriate educational activities: models of space missions, Lego games and the planetarium with which they will be able to understand the composition of the solar system.
All for the children we will also have a special, detachable Newtonian telescope at the stand, through which children and adults will be able to understand the principle of operation of this type of telescope.
For the visually impairedof interest is the planetarium for the blind: a specially designed dome through which they will be able to interact by touching the celestial vault and will be able to recognize the shape of the main constellations.
Our members are eager to interact directly with the curious public to learn the secrets of astronomy, black holes, planets, asteroids, stars, galaxies and so on.
The atmosphere is always friendly, open to a lot of questions from children, but also from adults. Some of the participants immediately fall in love with the starry sky, as soon as they look through a telescope for the first time, and some even become members of the Astroclub.
WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND COMPETITIONS
As usual, we will have all kinds of prizes to be awarded, competitions for all ages, robot stands, augmented reality, animation workshops, 3D drawing and holograms, games – including outdoor escape, and lots of surprises! Romanian astronomy and science personalities, researchers, professors and of course students who have won prizes at famous NASA competitions will take the stage.
Of course, as every year, you will have the opportunity to see on the stage of the festival the editors of the magazine Știință & Tehnică, led by senior Alexandru Mironov. All our presentations will be interactive and we challenge you to come up with the most interesting and compelling questions about space, robots, space conquest, astronomy, metavers, multiverse, astrophysics, aliens, pyramids, UFOs and what else you can think of! And, obviously, about images from my last and spectacular expedition with the shadow of the Moon, which I will show and comment for the first time on the ASTROFEST stage!
So: World, world! Lovers of science, technology and outer space! Mark in the calendar the big Saturday from MAY 7, starting at 12 o’clock! The science stands open at noon and close in the evening, the stage will be open non-stop, and the telescopes will begin observations before sunset, after 7 p.m.
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