The final Friends of the Planetarium weekend for 2015 was devoted to our Sun.
On Friday, June 19, the Friends left the dome in the hands of the Arlington Public Schools, while we manned our tables at the Astronomy Night on the National Mall. We spread the word about the Arlington Planetarium among an enthusiastic crowd, until we were rained out about nine p.m.
On Saturday, after the announcement of the 2015 recipient of the David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship, we were treated to a talk by Beth Tatum of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club about how she produces her amazing solar images.
The evening ended with a screening of the impressive full-dome movie STARS: the Powerhouses of the Universe.
Sunday’s 1:30 presentation was a teaching session by Dr. Bethany Cobb Kung of George Washington University: “Life and Death: The Earth-Sun Connection”. Dr. Kung engaged small children and oldsters alike with her passionate teaching style.
The last presentation of the weekend and of our 2014–2015 season was a showing of the charming full-dome children’s movie Accidental Astronauts.
We have a full season of fun and educational weekends planned for next season. Stay tuned to this website for details!