By Dave Fuller on 8/18/2014 4:05 PM
On August 2, 2014, members of the Kankakee Area Stargazers, the Kankakee Valley Theater Association, other members of the community, artist-in-residence for Kankakee Brandi Burgess and I put together a show for about 55 audience members at the Willowhaven Interpretive Center east of the Kankakee / Bradley / Bourbonnais area. See this previous blog post for information about the event; see pictures below for some fun scenes from that night.  

The program ran 45 minutes, and amateur astronomers plus about half the crowd stayed for another hour and fifteen minutes to look at Saturn, Mars, the Moon and some other objects through a couple of telescopes that were brought by a couple members of the Kankakee Area Stargazers. Below are few photos from this theater-astronomy-mythology-outreach event. 

Brandi Burgess and David Fuller welcome the audience to Star Stories

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By Dave Fuller on 7/31/2014 8:17 AM
In the world of music, "mash ups" have been a phenomenon for some time. Parts of two songs are typically blended together to create a new song, often with the verses of one song, and the chorus of another.  Astronomy outreach is something I've enjoyed doing for quite a while, whether it be in-person with a telescope and engaging with the public, or via the videos I make and post on YouTube. Particularly with my YouTube offerings, I have often enjoyed "mashing up" theater with astronomy. While the science itself certainly carries its own interesting points, many people already do a fine job of communicating that to the public. What I enjoy is taking some of what is used as a means of identifying what we see in the sky (International Astronomical Union-approved stars and constellations), and telling the stories that the ancient Greeks told about the shapes they saw in the sky - that is, mythology.Star Stories - Hercules over Draco

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The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.