on the evenings of August 26th and 27th the Eastside Astronomical
Society hosted two Mars stargazing parties, celebrating this
year's close encounter with the Red Planet. This event was
free and entirely supported by several generous volunteers
who happily shared their telescopes and provided assistance
to a very large number of visitors.
here, long time member and stargazing expert Judy
Mason explains the current spacecraft missions
to Mars to several interested onlookers.
and her family also assumed the role of answering countless
phone inquiries on the days leading up to and during the event,
providing encouragement for many newcomers interested in seeing
so much attention on this event, even the local media showed
an interest. It was just wonderful to see so many people get
turned on to exploring astronomy!
image, EAS board member and astronomy authority Maia
Pereyda is interviewed by Channel King5's Austin
Jenkins, showing enthusiasm and hope to get a good view of
Mars through the clouds on the evening of the 26th.
to tirelessly sharing her telescope with visitors, Maia handled
all of the background work to make sure the park was available
for all of us to enjoy this event.
visitors on the 26th became concerned that with all the clouds
they would be unable to see Mars.
always "philosophical" and longtime EAS board member
Ellis Corets, also interviewed by Channel
5, explains that there are many opportunities over the next
few weeks to see Mars with a similar apparent size, and not
just on the evening of the close approach.
moved through the crowd on both evenings, introducing many
visitors to our organization. He also handed out brochures
until our supply finally ran out.
photo EAS president Scott
McElhone is being interviewed by the FOX Q13
Morning News (on August 27th). It was all just too much fun,
and a great opportunity to give folks advise on how to view
Mars, as well as what makes it an object of such great curiosity.
13 had contacted EAS on the evening of the 26th and spoke
with Judy Mason, asking to interview an "Astronomer"
from our group. Instead, they got an "Amateur Astronomer",
albeit a very enthusiastic one.
the two nights of EAS Mars parties, some 600-700 Mars watchers
turned out, most of whom experienced seeing Mars in a telescope
for the very first time.
photo, EAS board member
Paula Clark (far right) is all ready
for visitors to see Mars in her new telescope. Paula's excitement
was, as always, continuous and contagious.
EAS members who contributed a great deal of time and patience,
while sharing their telescopes with the crowds on both evenings,
Martin, Akira Hunt, Ron Tam, and Dave
others contributed so much as well. Special thanks goes out
Danielsen for his help with the EAS scope,
as well as some artful "crowd control". And also
a very special thanks to Dale
Martin for getting our new club telescope ready
for this event.
We of the EAS helped bring Mars
a little closer to our community.
Great thanks and congratulations
are due to all of us!