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Member Reports from Matthias Schmitt

Nov 15

Transit of Mercury Outreach at Shepard Park, Cocoa Beach Florida

I picked Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach as a sidewalk astronomy outreach place to honor Alan Shepard, Mercury program astronaut and first American in space, as well as the opportunity to see a SpaceX rocket launch. I prepared several things for my outreach: a Mercury helmet, a Mercury t-shirt, an Explore Scientific telescope (I am an ES brand ambassador) with a solar filter, a Sony A7RII for transit photography, an orange (a stand-in for the Sun), and a sand grain (there were plenty around). I set up distances from the Sun (orange) with chalk marks to illustrate the size and... Read More...