The SCAS Young Astronomers (YA), many of whom are Striking Sparks winners, get together to learn the night sky and do active observing. Striking Sparks winners automatically become members of the SCAS Young Astronomers, and all YAs are encouraged to attend monthly SCAS meetings.
YAs gather for scheduled events at:
We start with a short educational session, reviewing visible constellations and planning which objects to find in the sky that night. Then we work with the telescopes.
Photo top right shows YAs at their October 2013 meeting. Left to Right: Connor Wilde, Miles Byrne (guest), Hunter Ward, Tobin Vaske (guest), Harry Prasetya, Andrew Prasetya, Kiyana Chambers (guest), Sierra Stewart (guest) and Colton Rowe.
YAs are encouraged to participate in these events and especially to bring their own telescopes to the RFO, because there are docents and amateur astronomers who can provide assistance and guidance. Visit the Observatory's website at rfo.org for the latest schedule. Directions to the Observatory can be found here.
Many YAs bring their telescopes to School Astronomy Nights to share their interest with other students and to practice using their scopes. There's always an adult astronomer nearby who will answer questions. Our YAs get to experience what we all do when we share our telescopes—people ask questions that make us want to learn even more. And it's really fun!
Top Right: Young Astronomers Connor Wilde, Alex Consani and Harry Prasetya with a Sparks Telescope.
Left: Young Astronomers Noah Dove, Blaine Eldred and Ray Pan at the "Beyond" exhibit in Petaluma, where we provided sidewalk astronomy
for the visiting public.
Center and Right: Connor Wilde and Alex Consani setting up their Sparks Telescopes for the benefit of participants at a recent Wilson Elementary
School Astronomy Night.
Photos by Len Nelson.
Young Astronomers receive our monthly newsletter, Sonoma Skies, which has a special YA section including a monthly column, listings of the RFO and School Astronomy event schedules, and topics of particular interest
to our younger members.
For more information about the SCAS Young Astronomers, send e-mail to: Membership@sonomaskies.org