John Glenn Astronomy Park
 

Sharing the sky

 
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Our Programs

Programs at the John Glenn Astronomy Park will take place both during the evening and daytime.   

Visitors to JGAP during the day will get views of the closest star to the Earth, our own Sun, through telescopes with special filters.   Families will also enjoy astronomical activities in and around the park.  Have you ever wondered how big the Solar System really is?  A "solar system walk" will show, and amaze, you.

At night, visitors will get a chance to see stunning views through the enormous 28-inch telescope in the roll-off roof observatory.  The moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies will be seen.  And, if there happens to be a bright comet in view, we will look at that too!.

 

 

View of the Month:   The Veil Nebula

The veil nebula is a huge cloud of glowing gas that can be seen under dark skies in the constellation Cygnus.  
It is the result of the titanic explosion of a star that reached the end of its life around 5,000 years ago.   This explosion splattered newly formed heavy elements through space and into the milky-way and the material is still plowing through space, still dimly glowing.

 Many of the elements that we are made of, and which we use in our day to day lives, were created in explosions like this.   So, say "thank you" to supernovae, for without them, we probably wouldn't be here.

Through the JGAP 28-inch telescope, the Veil will appear as as an eerie white glow, with a shape not unlike that of milkweed fluff.   It's a stunningly beautiful sight in a large telescope.

Astrophoto by Columbus Astronomical Society member Joe Renzetti