Report by: Errol Rickman
The Astronomical Association of Jamaica participated in the Research Day Expo of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus Lasting two days Thursday 28th to Friday 29th of January 09. This of necessity caused us to set our Mars BWB event to Saturday 30th Jan. Our main theme for the expo was The Galileoscopes to be Given to 400 Schools in Jamaica and we Registered Many new Members of the AAJ .
We invited a number of Persons to attend our Viewing Session of Mars But due to the heavy cloud cover many did not come or left early. At 8.00PM the sky Started to Clear and we ended up with about 9 viewers. among them 4 teens who were overwhelmed with excitement so we viewed Mars and took Pictures through the eyepiece and the Kids were very Proud of this. We did not forget our Galileoscope and as you can see in the Pictures .042JPG.some were looking at Mars But Of course although we saw the White caps in The 8" Newtonian Reflector the smaller scope could not do it Justice. The Moon Just the two days after Full still presented a formidable sight and was bulging out of the scopes even at low power.
Some moments form the event: