Back for 2009: Super Science Saturday, Great World Wide Star Count


EO's annual Halloween-themed science education event, Super Science Saturday, will take place at the Mesa Lab on October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event, which is aimed at families, students, and teachers, is free and open to the public.

This year's theme is "Sound Science." NCAR science wizards will explore the principles of sound with live demonstrations, hands-on activities, and other attractions. The day also includes weather balloon launches, a Doppler on Wheels unit, the interactive Little Shop of Physics workshop, cryogenics, face painting, a marimba band, and more.

Also back this autumn for its third year is the Great World Wide Star Count, running October 9-23, spon­sored by Windows to the Universe. Schoolchildren, families, and citizen scientists around the world are invited to gaze skyward after dark, looking for specific constellations and sharing observations through the Internet. The project helps scientists map light pollution globally while educating participants about the stars. More than 10,000 observations were submitted during the first two years of the count.

The star count is featured as part of the Dark Skies Awareness Cornerstone Project for the International Year of Astronomy, which extends through 2009.