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Celebrating National Astronomy Day at the Library.

 

By Kestina Roberts Librarian – Star Valley Branch

Gazing skyward, we are met with an endless expanse of twinkling stars. This is where galaxies swirl and nebulae dance.

Kestina Roberts, Librarian, Star Valley Branch

Astronomy unveils the mysteries of the universe to us on the ground. In 1973, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, Doug Berger created National Astronomy Day hoping to set up telescopes in busy urban areas so passersby could appreciate the heavens. The event was so successful that we still celebrate it today. In fact, in 2007 a second National Astronomy Day was established. This means we celebrate the holiday twice in a single year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This year, National Astronomy Day falls on May 18, 2024, and on October 12, 2024. This celestial celebration isn’t just about stargazing; it’s an invitation to unlock the secrets of the universe, and what better place to embark on this galactic journey than at the library?

On National Astronomy Day we celebrate the wonders of the night sky, but more than that, we hope to inspire people to indulge in their love of astronomy. It’s a great day to take the time to learn something new about our universe and turn our minds to the stars. Fortunately, we reside in an area where stargazing is readily accessible. Because of Wyoming’s minimal light pollution, the night skies possess an especially enchanting quality in this region. Both stargazing and the library offer avenues for exploring the wonders of the universe. Stargazing provides direct access to observing the celestial bodies, while the library serves as a repository of knowledge, offering books and resources that can deepen one’s understanding of astronomy. Both activities foster curiosity and provide opportunities for learning about the cosmos through different means.

More than just a repository of books, the library serves as a gathering place for curious minds to come together and share in the wonders of the universe. From children marveling at the beauty of the moon to seasoned astronomers debating the latest discoveries, the library fosters a community united by a shared passion for the stars. So, with National Astronomy Day getting closer, remember to venture into the library to expand your understanding of the cosmos, giving context to the world beyond our own planet. Head to the library today to discover more about National Astronomy Day and broaden your understanding while exploring new horizons.

For more ideas and resources visit the Lincoln County Library System.

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