SKYWATCH: A look back, and a look ahead | Local Education


2022 will probably be a busy 12 months for native beginner astronomers.

It’s that point once more, once we look again on the 12 months simply previous and look ahead at what the brand new 12 months may convey us.

As members of the Popular Astronomy Club look again at 2021, they see a 12 months when pandemic restrictions have been slowly lifted and public outreach occasions resumed. During 2021, public occasions held by the membership attracted a whole viewers of over 1,170 individuals who noticed and realized concerning the wonders of the night time sky.

Along with its common public observing periods at Niabi Zoo, PAC held outreach occasions at venues starting from native church buildings and faculties to a state recreation space, an alpaca farm, a native library and each the Putnam Museum in Davenport and the Felix Adler Children’s Museum in Clinton.

In 2021, PAC additionally shaped a partnership with the Moline School District and held three occasions at John Deere Middle School. The partnership will proceed into 2022, and extra occasions are deliberate on the college.

At Niabi Zoo and different PAC public observing occasions, celestial objects seen via telescopes have been projected onto video screens, which means that these attending might share within the expertise of viewing the objects and look at them with out peering via an eyepiece.