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Ask the Astronomer

Q: Is Astronomy Day designated around some special event in the night sky? What is going on Saturday?

A: There is no special astronomical event but there is one fantastic planet (Saturn) and the moon is visible, along with the Big Dipper and other objects and constellations. Saturn is visible overhead by 7:45 p.m. and its rings are almost edge-on. Astronomy Day occurs sometime between mid-April and mid-May on a Saturday near the first quarter moon. You can celebrate Astronomy Day at Flandrau from 3 to 10 p.m. with the National Sharing the Sky Foundation Star Party. Offerings include free handouts, free safe views of the sun during the day, evening views of the moon and night sky along with a raffle for foundation donors (a Celestron 70mm telescope in addition to many other items). For more information, see the Flandrau Web site, Astronomy section, for a link.


On the Web

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium: www.flandrau.org

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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