National Astronomy Day & Observe the Moon Night
Part 1 6:30-7:15 pm: Robert Burnham and his Celestial Handbook
Robert Burnham, Jr. compiled one of the most popular astronomy books ever—the three-volume “observing bible,” Burnham’s Celestial Handbook—while working at Lowell Observatory in the mid-20th century. However, Burnham’s life was tragic in many ways. In celebration of National Astronomy Day, we will take a look at the complicated man who brought the wonders of space to people around the world. Lowell Observatory Historian Kevin Schindler will host a discussion with journalist Tony Ortega, who in 1998 wrote the defining account of Burnham’s life; Donna Courtney, Burnham’s niece and only surviving relative; and Brian Skiff, renowned sky expert who has worked for nearly 40 years at Lowell Observatory as an observer and research scientist.
Part 2 7:15-8:00 pm: Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with live views of the moon from the Giovale Open Deck Observatory (weather permitting). Join Lowell Observatory educators for a tour of the moon’s surface and learn about past and future lunar exploration.