Friday, April 16, 2010

April 19 & 20: Spring Moon Gaze in Grand Rapids

Ah, spring – a time to gaze at the moon in awe and wonder, but April 19 & 20 offer a great chance for laypersons to turn wonder into enlightenment with the help of astronomy aficionados, during the Spring Moon Gaze.

Weather permitting, members of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association, local amateur astronomers, and Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium staff members will set up telescopes from 8:30 - 10:30 pm in convenient parking lots throughout the greater Grand Rapids area. Passers-by will be invited to glimpse the moon and other celestial objects and ask questions of the telescope operator. Viewing is free but the event will take place only if the sky is clear. This list can be found below, and on the websites of the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association,, and Grand Rapids Public Museum,


Cascade – D & W Fresh Market, 6425 28th Thornhills Ave; parking lot near cart corral.

Grand Rapids Downtown – Rosa Parks Circle; Monroe Center side near Art Museum

Grand Rapids SE - Alger Park – Near Edna and Blaine; NE side near baseball dugout

Calvin College Observatory – atop Science Building; use campus entrance off Burton.

Schuler Books & Music – 2660 28th St. SE , in the parking lot

Grand Rapids NE - Celebration Cinema North; west side near main entrance

3rd Reformed Church, 2060 Michigan NE; in the parking lot

Kentwood – Celebration Cinema at Woodland Mall; near main entrance, east side

East Kentwood High School – 6230 Kalamazoo, SE; west parking lot

Lowell - Main Street near Larkin’s Restaurant

Wittenbach Nature Center – Vergennes Rd. north of Lowell High School

Rockford - D & W Fresh Market, 10 Mile at Northland Drive; outdoor café seating area

Walker – Schuler Books & Music, 3165 Alpine, NW; parking lot near main entrance

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