Astronomy Day – astronomy and stargazing clubs open doors

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Astronomy Day is an annual event intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals. It is a good day to contact local astronomy clubs or planetariums and find out about their special events. 

This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. His intent was to set up various telescopes in busy urban locations so that passersby could enjoys views of the heavens.

Since then the event has expanded and is now sponsored by a number of organizations associated with astronomy.

Comet ISON on November 15, 2013. Image credit: Damian Peach.

This is Astronomy Day's part 1, the next part is scheduled for October 4, 2014. 

Featured image credit: Damian Peach

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