Kids College, Sutter Creek Sky and Telescope Classes
April 16, 2005

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Astronomers included Al Stern, visiting Star Lab Astronomer and Larry Brown, president of the AAS. The Amador Astronomical Society held "Sky & Telescope" classes on Saturday April 16th at Kids' College in Sutter Creek. This makes the 19th year in a row the AAS has supported Kids College! We also wish to thank guest speaker Al Stern, past president of the SF Sidewalk Astronomers, who demonstrated the Star Lab planetarium to eager star gazers. Al has previously given planetarium shows at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

After the Star Lab event, participants were able to use a solar telescope set up outside for sunspot viewing. We also used "color analyzers" to determine the relative light wavelengths and temperatures of different galaxies from astronomical photographs.

Students gathering around picnic table to view sunspots through a solar telescope with Larry Brown, Kids' College Sky and Telescope instructor.
Visiting astronomer Al Stern beginning his planetarium show, Mr. Stern is well known in the astronomical community for his contributions to Stellafane, as President of the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers and as Planetarium director at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
Kids' College volunteer handing out "color analyzers" used to determine the relative light wavelengths and temperatures of different galaxies from astronomical photographs.
Students in Kids' College Sky and Telescope class
Viewing a large sunspot through the solar telescope
Students using their color analyzers
Kids' College Students
Kids' College Students
Reflection of the solar disk to observe sunspots