International Astronomy Day is a worldwide event which is observed during Spring and Fall. It’s intended to promote greater education and understanding of the universe as well as the ways in which we can observe it. Star-gazing, visits to planetariums and astronomy workshops are common activities.
The first International Astronomy Day took place in 1973, under the guidance of Doug Berger who was president of the Astronomical Association of Southern California.
This holiday occurs twice a year on a Saturday between Mid-April or Mid-May for the Spring date or mid-September and mid-October in the Fall. Each year the dates are as close as possible to the first quarter moon of the two seasons.
However, in 2020, International Astronomy Day will fall on the 2nd of May and the 26th of September.
OBSERVE THE SKY
On the day, museums, observatories, universities, and astronomy clubs around the world set up easily accessible telescopes in public spaces including schools, parks, and shopping malls to allow people to observe the skies during the day and night. Other events include lectures and conferences, educational outreach, exhibitions, and essay competitions.
HOW TO CELEBRATE
1.Attend a local Astronomy Day event. Bring family and friends with you and spend some time gazing at the sky through the lenses of a telescope.
2.Learn more about astronomy and how to study it as an amateur astronomer.
3.If you have children in your life, today is the perfect day to introduce them to the magic of astronomy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some other fun holidays around on 2nd May
- No pants day– (No Pants Day encourages people to go out in public without their pants on).
2. Space Day– (Space Day is an unofficial holiday devoted to all things outer space).
3. Herb Day- (Celebrate the medicinal, culinary and cosmetic uses of herbs).
4. Free Comic Book Day– (Participating comic book stores give out free comics on Free Comic Book Day which is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of May).
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