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Astronomy Day (May 2)

May 2 is Astronomy Day! Astronomy Day is different than Space Day. Astronomy Day also occurs twice per year. This year it just happens to fall the day after Space Day. Anyways, here are some more astronomy photos.

What is Astronomy Day?

In the spring, the holiday is held on the Saturday closest to the first quarter Moon between the months of April and May, while in the fall (autumn) it occurs on a Saturday closest to the quarter moon between September and October.

Astronomy Day was created in 1973 by Doug Berger, then president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. The unofficial holiday is an attempt to raise the interest of the general public in astronomy by giving them easy access to astronomical instruments such as telescopes.

The holiday also seeks to bridge the knowledge gap by giving the public a chance to interact with astronomers and space scientists.


This photo is of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis/Australis.

"The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south"


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