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Kids gather for Astronomy Day

Posted: October 12, 2013 10:47 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2013 10:47 p.m.

Chris Kim, 9, left, and Jenny Gallardo, 7, right, look through the refractor telescopes they constructed during the Astronomy Day activities presented by The Local Group Astronomy Club at the Valencia Library on Saturday.

 

Children enthusiastically experienced a different view of the sky Saturday during Astronomy Day, a celebration of the skyward science hosted at the Valencia Library.

Organized by The Local Group Astronomy Club in Santa Clarita, Astronomy Day featured solar observing, comet and telescope building and various lectures that were all kid-friendly.

Astronomy Day is a national celebration where astronomical societies, schools, planetariums, museums and other organizations sponsor events to raise awareness about astronomy, as well as other sciences.

More than 150 people visited the event throughout the day and learned about astronomy from more than 15 local astronomy enthusiasts.

For the Danielsen kids, Nathan, 6, Melissa, 9, and Sam, 10, building telescopes was a highlight of their day.

“I like to build a lot of things,” said Sam Danielsen, Jr., adding that his goal is to one day travel to Mars.

The trio’s father, Sam Danielsen, Sr. said he appreciated the kid-friendly event.

“It’s one of the reasons why I love this community,” he said. “It’s good for the kids. Any kind of mental stimulation is great and it excites the kids to get to try out new things.”

Michael Bozyck, a librarian at the Valencia Library, said Saturday he hopes that extra awareness will prompt kids to read and check out the library’s collection of science books.

“Nowadays with computers and the Internet and baseball games and all kinds of things — how do you bring them (children) in on a sunny day like today?” Bozyck asked. “So they get children involved with all sorts of things, like building a comet.”

Astronomy Day is celebrated in the spring and fall, with the Valencia Public Library hosting events on both dates with the help of The Local Group Astronomy Club.

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