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CIERA News and Announcements  |  Ravinia 2012

 

CIERA participation at the July 31st, 2012 Astronomy Night at Ravinia was a huge success! The theme this year's event, organized by NU graduate Dr. Donald Lubowich, was "One Score, One Chicago: The Planets".

The park hosted many excited astronomy enthusiasts, both young and old, who came to enjoy a great evening with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and see a show dedicated to the planets in our solar system. Amateurs in astronomy brought their telescopes, set up in formation near the edge of the park. Families and friends arrived, some bringing chairs and tables, others blankets, which created a relaxing picnic environment. It was a memorable evening, with a musical score dedicated to each planet.

CIERA, along with Science in Society, Astronomy Magazine, The University of Chicago South Pole Telescope, and Dr. Donald Lubowich from Hofstra University had tables set up in a large tent at the north side of the park. We had several demonstrations available for children to teach them about astronomy. A couple of hours before the concert and throughout the evening, children poured into the tent, eager to learn about the planets! The children were treated to an assortment of props and our team of astrophysics kept them engaged. John Everett, Aaron Geller, Elizabeth Hicks, Kyle Kremer, and Laura Trouille thrilled these kids, and several of them came back a second and even a third time!

Below are pictures from the event. Click on a photo to see a larger version.



The Science Tent at Ravinia

Crowd in front of the Science Tent

The CIERA tables

Dr. Aaron Geller

Dr. Elizabeth Hicks

Dr. John Everett

Kyle Kremer

Dr. Laura Trouille

The CIERA tables

A young future astronomer

Dr. Donald Lubowich

The gathering by the Science Tent

Dr. Aaron Geller

Amateur astronomers
by the Science Tent

Dr. Elizabeth Hicks

Dr. John Everett

Dr. Laura Trouille

Kyle Kremer

Photos by Ray Bailey and Dr. Laura Trouille.
Photo of Dr. Donald Lubowich by Ken Lubowich.
Photo of A young future astronomer by The University of Chicago South Pole Telescope Group.