Aviators and astronomers alike will be excited to hear that the Havana Regional Airport (9I0 – Niner-India-Zero) will be holding a fly-in night of astronomy on June 23-24, 2017 for anyone interested. The night will be hosted by the University of Illinois Astronomy Club’s lead astronomers and astrophysicists and sponsored by EAA Chapter 1420. As a plus, there will be camping and a nice pancake breakfast in the morning. What more could you ask for?
The club will be proving their best telescopes for an unforgettable view of the night sky, up close and personal. They’ll also be answering any questions you may have, so bring a pen and paper to take notes during this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about the incredible universe around us.
Pilots should arrive with their camping gear before sunset, based on suggestion by the event’s hosts, as the runway’s lights and beacon will be turned off by 03:30 GMT. As the night goes on, star watching and sky observation will take place as long as you can stay awake, starting when the first star can be seen in the night sky.
Meals will be provided Friday evening and Saturday morning for a small fee and will be provided by EAA Chapter 1420. Remember that Saturday morning’s meal is a lovely pancake breakfast – a great way to finish off a night of astronomy.
With the right weather conditions and a good eye, the beautiful June night and early morning sky could provide some beautiful views. These views could potentially include finding Venus and the Pleiades star cluster. To find these beautiful sights, you’ll want to wait until approximately an hour before sunrise. At the northeastern horizon will be the sliver of a waning crescent moon. Three degrees up and to the left should be Venus. If lucky, you may also be able to find Pleiades, which will be approximately ten degrees above Venus.
This night will surely not be one to miss, whether you’re a passionate pilot or just someone with a love for the sky and everything in it. With all the amazing sights and knowledge this night could provide you, how could anyone possibly pass this up? If you need more information, you can get in touch with EAA Chapter 1420 President Michael Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or RAF State Liaison Mike Purpura at mpurpura@TheRAF.org. Don’t miss out on this precious opportunity!