19th Annual Kensington Astronomy at the Beach
Michigan's Largest FREE Star Party and Astronomy Event!
Friday AND Saturday September 25th and 26th, 2015
Kensington Metropark, Milford, Michigan
It's difficult to say enough good things about Kensington Astronomy at the Beach; it is simply a must-attend event if you are anywhere in southeastern Michigan, or the Midwest - and it's free! Put on each year by the Great Lakes Association of Astronomy Clubs, this event has everything for the astronomy enthusiast of all ages:
Solar Telescopes: Arrive before sunset, and see the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes.
Lecturers: This year is Dr. Nicolle Zellner, from Albion College will give the keynote address: Moons and Planets. A volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, Nicolle has spoken to the Warren Astronomical Society - and she's fantastic! Previous lecturers have included Astronomy Magazine editor David J. Eicher, and Shuttle astronaut Dr. Andrew Feustel.
Astronomy Club Tables: GLAAC member clubs have tables in the pavilion; chat-up an astronomer! Teachers take note! Several club members are lectures, and will come to your classroom, or other venue. My wife and I will be manning the table for the Warren Astronomical Society.
Telescopes: Did I mention there were telescopes of all kinds, all along the beach?
Night Sky Object Scavenger Hunt for Kids: Teachers take note! Hop between telescopes and view different deep sky objects - get a prize! (usually a stack of Hubble images.)
Dealers: Buy a meteorite, buy an eyepiece, ogle at the huge 40" Dobsonian!
... and more!
You should go. If this event had existed when I was a kid, I'd have been all over it!