For all those who have some interest in astronomy, April and May have something really special for them. Astronomy Day is observed all around the world between mid-April and mid-May. The day is scheduled on a Saturday just before the first quarter Moon, so the dates shift every year.
The event is observed to provide a link between the general public and a number of astronomy professionals, groups and enthusiasts. In other words it can be said that observing Astronomy Day actually means "Bringing Astronomy to the People."Hence if you think that you never have had a chance to look at the other side of the universe through a telescope then the day is an opportunity for you.
History of Astronomy Day:
It was back in 1973 when for the first time the Astronomy Day was started the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California named Doug Berger. The proper observance, however, started in 2005 and from then onwards it’s celebrated every year and many events are sponsored by local and international organizations to expand the outreach of the day!
Concept of Astronomy Day:
The day is actually a part of Astronomy Week which is meant to provide healthy entertainment to general public. The events organized by local organizations include educational sessions as well as activities for kids so they can learn new things while having fun.
The exact date of Astronomy Day keeps on varying and it occurs on a Saturday just before quarter Moon. Generally it falls between mid of April and the mid of May.
Astronomy Day is the last day of Astronomy week which lasts for 7 days.
Celebrating Astronomy Day:
Astronomy Day can be celebrated in various other ways besides watching television programs and reading news articles about it. Find a detailed guide on Astronomy Day Celebrations to find best activities for you!