We are teaming up with the Kern Astronomical Society to launch the 7th Annual Astronomy Day to be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Bolthouse Donor Center, with a week-long blood drive.
The Launch in to Give Blood Drive will blast off with a live news report from 5-8 am on Monday, April 7, with Morning Reporter Josh Helmuth from KBAK TV 29, and a Solar Social on Monday, April 7 from 4-7 pm at the Bolthouse Donor Center. During the social, donors will be treated to planet pizzas and other out-of-this-world treats and be entered to win astronomy related door prizes. Solar sky viewing will be open to the public at the front entrance and Chief Meteorologist Alyssa Carlson will be reporting the weather live from the event for KGET TV 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Throughout the week, blood donors at both donor centers can enter to win a daily prize basket including pocket binoculars, and the weekly drawing for two telescopes: an Orion 8 inch Dobs and a Celestron Power Seeker 127mm. The weekly drawing will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday during Astronomy Day. Listen for Weathercaster Aaron Perlman’s weather reports from the planets each morning on the news at KBAK TV 29!
Professor Alex Filippenko
The last day for the Launch in to Give Blood Drive will be on Astronomy Day, a free public event hosted at the Bolthouse Donor Center from 11 am to 10 pm. Astronomy Day will feature educational seminars and workshops, children’s activities, and talks on our universe by famous presenters Professor Alex Filippenko, who will discuss Dark Matter and the Runaway Universe, and Terry W. Himes, a Jet Propulsion Lab/Caltech Spacecraft Engineer, who will talk about his experiences with efforts chasing comets and landing on Mars.
We are pleased to partner with the Kern Astronomical Society on this week long blood drive to expose the public to the new Bolthouse Donor Center in the Seven Oaks Business Park, and to encourage new blood donors to come in during this drive.
Astronomy Day highlights are as follows:
- Blood Donations: 8:00 am ~ 2:00 pm
- Programs and Activities to begin at 11:00 am to 5 pm
- Dinner Break 5:30 – 6:30
- Door Prize Drawings 6:30 to 7
- Night Sky Viewing from 7-10 pm
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park ~ Information on Dark Sky Festival, dark sky viewing, constellation tours, model rocket building program and Junior Ranger Program
- Celestial Navigation, the First Astronomers
- What Kind of Telescope ~ For the first time buyer of a new or used scope
- What’s Out There? ~ Explains objects in our solar system and Deep Space
- Meteorite & Moon Rocks ~ Displays of Meteorites and where they came from
- The Solar System over Bakersfield ~ A scale model of the Solar System considering sizes of the planets and their orbits
- Mars 2014 ~ Presentation of the planet Mars in 3D
- Solar Planet Mat ~ How much do you weigh on Earth, Mars and other Planets?
- Solar Viewing ~ Safely watch our Sun come Alive!
- A Walk through the Solar System ~ How do the sizes and distances of the planets compare?
- Make and Take Home Projects for Children ~ JPL’s size and distance, Make Saturn Shine, Planispheres, Sun Dials, Coloring Pages and more.
These activities meet Boys and Girl Scout Astronomy Patch Requirements.
- Professor, Alex Filippenko on Dark Matter & The Runaway Universe – The latest findings that prove Cosmic Inflation from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Seating is limited.
- Jet Propulsion Lab/Caltech Spacecraft Engineer, Terry W. Himes – Presents behind the seen stories, insights and challenges to chasing comets and landing on Mars from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Food will be available for purchase.
It can be difficult to find the Bolthouse Donor Center using GPS systems. Look for St. John’s Lutheran Church and we are right across Buena Vista Road from it, or click here for a map.
Astronomy Day would not be possible without the support of these sponsors: Dr. Joshua Modlin, DPM, Ironwood Retirement Plan Consultants, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, AERA, and Bolthouse Properties, LLC. We thank them for making this educational event available to our community.